Broad Plain Darkening (The Chronicles of The Pale #2)

(10 customer reviews)

The safe world of the Pale is under threat.

Inside the policosmos, the new Regent Adaeze strives for dominance over the all-powerful Senior Forecaster, but the Pale’s humachine citizens are unaware that their city is close to collapse.

Outside on Broad Plain, the exiled human Hector undertakes a dangerous trek to find a safe haven for the orphaned twins.

How can anyone survive as their world shifts underneath them?

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Book Details

Weight 395 g
Dimensions 229 × 152 mm

266 pages






Dystopian, Science Fiction

Release date

20 October 2018




Odyssey Books

About The Author

Clare Rhoden

Clare Rhoden

Clare Rhoden is a writer, blogger and book reviewer. Inspired by politics, culture, and history, Clare writes thoughtful stories about characters with heart and soul. From immersive world-building in science fiction and fantasy, to well-researched details in historical novels, Clare's books pivot on hope and love in the darkest of times.

Clare lives in Melbourne Australia with her husband and their very clever spoodle.

10 reviews for Broad Plain Darkening (The Chronicles of The Pale #2)

  1. Jessica Belmont Book Reviews

    I LOVED the first book, so I was really excited to jump into this second book. Broad Plain Darkening continues the compelling and authentic series and honestly, I couldn’t put it down. The world-building keeps getting better. I love how disturbingly possible this book is. It’s scary to think about this being a possible scenario for our future. I love the power struggle, and the political dynamics. What I enjoy most is that Clare Rhoden knows how to world-build.

  2. Donna’s Book Blog

    The characters were excellent, they were very well developed and I thought they worked brilliantly together, they carried the plot very well and it was a really addictive read and very enjoyable too.

  3. Jasmine’s Book Reviews

    Broad Plain Darkening is a fascinating, thrilling read, and fans of dystopian fiction will love the world-building and clever writing. 4 stars!

  4. Terror Tree Book Reviews

    I am really enjoying reading this series as I am invested in the character’s wellbeing. If you are looking for a dystopian read that feels real than you cannot go wrong with this series.

  5. Reading Time Journal of the CBCA

    Surviving on Broad Plain is grim, but this is a warm heart of a story, with inter-species cooperation and care.

  6. Made Up Book Reviews

    Having thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, I was so excited to read the second book that I began as soon as the final page had been turned. I love how realistic and believable the various scenarios are within this storyline, but if I enjoyed the first book then I LOVED this!

  7. AyJay Book Reviews

    Compelling, intelligent, nuanced SF….One of Rhoden’s skills lies in addressing some pretty big ideas in a very accessible way; politics, religion, culture clash and -shock, outsiders / insiders, and what sort of impact a single individual can have on the world.

  8. Rosie Writes Book Reviews

    I laughed, I cried, a worried that Feather and Helm wouldn’t meet up or that the vulpini would defeat the canini of the ravine. And the ongoing machinations of Jaxon of the Pale frustrated me. It got intense.

  9. Curled Up With a Good Book

    Again, another fab book from Clare and I’m really looking forward to the final instalment! This book comes with a map at the beginning and a list of characters so it makes it even easier to follow.  The descriptions are fab and I can really picture it all playing out in my mind. It’s easy to form opinions and feelings for some of these characters – but don’t be fooled…these can change at any point! Another one recommended from me, especially if you’re a dystopian/sci-fi fan!

  10. Mai’s Book Blog

    Broad Plain Darkening was not the type of book that I expected to make me cry but quite honestly at one part in particular I was a sobbing mess.

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