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Shattering the Ley

DAW. Jul. 2014. 496p. ISBN 9780756409197. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698139800. FANTASY
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Gifted from an early age with the ability to sense and use ley energy, Kara is tapped to be a Wielder, one of the special technicians who maintain the complicated ley lines that power lights, machines, and transportation in the city of Erenthrall. The ley lines are only truly understood by the Prime Wielders, who act under the control of Baron Arent. Control of the ley is command of the world, but there are those who want the power returned to its natural state. These Kormanley rebels threaten the established order, and the state police known as the Baron's Dogs hunt them without mercy. But political forces are using the Kormanley, and tampering with the ley might bring down more than just the baron's regime.
VERDICT Although Kara is an exceptional character, she shares the stage with Allan, a deeply conflicted member of the Baron's Dogs with a secret connection to the ley. Palmatier (The Vacant Throne) takes familiar ideas of ley lines and magic wielders but gives them fresh life in this rich fantasy world.

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