All seems well in the Kingdom of Talodiac. King Edwild’s rule is strong, and his young Queen, Thalia, has just provided him with a son and heir.
Yet there is unease through the kingdom. The mysterious Redweavers, sorcerers from a land called Kanter, enter Talodiac through woven portals, and one desperate man has plans for the young prince.
Sergeant Hervan of the King’s Guard knows little of such issues. He does know that one wet night he and his men are asked to provide an escort for a young woman leaving the King’s quarters. Presumably His Majesty couldn’t wait for the Queen to recover from the birth, and was seeking diversion.
Little does Hervan know that this simple task will one day have profound consequences for himself, his family, the King, and the tangled lands of Talodiac and Kanter.
The Tangled Lands is stylish, thought-provoking and feminist, set in a society that is delightfully un-heteronormative. The story moves from protagonist to protagonist, always revealing new layers and secrets as we go along, and building to a big, satisfying showdown.
Larke plays with the narrative form in delightful ways.
Superb epic fantasy with twists that surprise and satisfy in equal measure. Engaging leads and vivid characters right down to bit players. Plotted and written with sublime unobtrusive skill.