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Publisher Description

This debut work of sociological science fiction follows a deadly battle for succession, where brother is pitted against brother in a singular chance to win power and influence for their family.

The cavern city of Pelismara has stood for a thousand years. The Great Families of the nobility cling to the myths of their golden age while the city's technology wanes.

When a fever strikes, and the Eminence dies, seventeen-year-old Tagaret is pushed to represent his Family in the competition for Heir to the Throne. To win would give him the power to rescue his mother from his abusive father, and marry the girl he loves.

But the struggle for power distorts everything in this highly stratified society, and the fever is still loose among the inbred, susceptible nobles. Tagaret's sociopathic younger brother, Nekantor, is obsessed with their family's success. Nekantor is willing to exploit Tagaret, his mother, and her new servant Aloran to defeat their opponents.

Can he be stopped? Should he be stopped? And will they recognize themselves after the struggle has changed them?

GENRE
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
RELEASED
2020
February 4
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
416
Pages
PUBLISHER
DAW
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
2.7
MB

Customer Reviews

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Mazes of Power is an extravagant but nuanced worldbuilding delight. The people of Varin live in vast caves (underground, obviously) to escape the extreme intensity of their sun. Their society is divided into rigid castes, with the inbred ruling Grobal in declining health and subject to a contagious disease often fatal, but only to them. The book tells the story of one family in a struggle for power after the ruling head of the Grobal dies unexpectedly of this disease, and of the members of the other castes they interact with in surprising ways. I loved the characters (even the bad brother who I often wanted to just punch in the neck) and the way Ms. Wade introduces us to her world but leaves so much to look forward to.

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