Book Review

The Pale – Clare Rhoden

It’s part one in a trio of reviews coming your way over the next few days, with The Pale, book one in the Chronicles of the Pale trilogy by Clare Rhoden. Many thanks to Clare, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book.


The Outside can be a dangerous place.

But so can the inside.

It’s been years since the original cataclysm, but life has been structured, peaceful, and most of all uneventful in the Pale. The humachine citizens welcome the order provided by their ruler, the baleful Regent.

However, when one of their own rescues a human boy, Hector, from ravenous ferals on the Outside, their careful systems are turned upside down.

As Hector grows more and more human-strange, the citizens of the Pale grow uneasy.

What will happen when the Outside tries to get in?

You can order your copy of The Pale here.



The Pale is the first book in what promises to be an excellent sci-fi/fantasy series. A large part of part one of the book is dedicated to familiarising the reader with the environment and it’s inhabitants, and although this means it is a bit of a slow starter, the number of different species and the way they live means that such intricate world building is essential to give a broad enough understanding of the post-Conflagration existence. Sometimes it is tempting to rush straight into the action of a story, but I find that more often than not this just leaves me with more questions, and I am so glad that Clare Rhoden took the time to introduce us gently to her world, and did so in exquisite detail. For a world so far removed from our current one, I found I could picture each character and habitat perfectly.

By part two, I found that I was completely invested in the characters and had become really attached to a few of them. I found that I was particularly drawn to the canini, and the sacrifices they had to make broke my heart. I also grew fond of Kilimanjara and Feather of the Storm, and I enjoyed their family dynamic.

This definitely strikes me as a series that needs to be read back to back – certainly by the time I had reached the end of The Pale, I was very glad that I had Broad Plain Darkening already lined up to read. More on that in a couple of days though…


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Clare Rhoden is a writer, speaker and reviewer inspired by politics, culture and the march of history. Her thought-provoking stories and popular characters inspire hope and optimism through challenging times, with novels ranging from wartime history to the dystopian world of the Pale.







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Don’t forget to come back on my other dates on the tour to find out what happens next, and make sure you visit the other blogs taking part in this epic tour!

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