The Ruined Land (The Chronicles of The Pale #3)

(8 customer reviews)

Exiled from the Pale, humachine Hector has found a home with the tribes Outside.

Or has he?

While the canini struggle to care for the human twins, Feather travels Broad Plain to reunite them with their father. But his own family is scattered as the Pale sends out its terrifying army and the land itself buckles beneath them.

Can anyone survive the ruination of the land?

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Book Details

Weight 395 g
Dimensions 229 × 152 mm

256 pages






Dystopian, Science Fiction

Release date

31 August 2019




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.

8 reviews for The Ruined Land (The Chronicles of The Pale #3)

  1. Jessica Belmont Book Reviews

    I LOVED THIS SERIES SO MUCH AND I DON’T WANT IT TO BE OVER. Okay, now that I got that out of my system…The Ruined Land might be my favorite of the series, but I really can’t decide which book I liked the most. I absolutely love that the story never got stale… The world-building, the characters, the plot, the writing…I can rave about all of this, all day long. Clare Rhoden is a magnificent writer, and I can’t wait to read more from her.

  2. Jazzy Book Reviews

    I don’t want to spoil anything, because I really think fans of dystopian fiction should read this trilogy, so I’ll just say if you enjoy books with well-written characters you can root for (and also dislike), imaginative world-building, and an intelligent, unique, and thought-provoking plot, you’ll want to get your copies of all three books today. You won’t be disappointed.

  3. JBronder Book Reviews

    Talk about end on an amazing note.

  4. Mai’s Musings

    The Ruined Land presents a devastating end for many inhabitants of Broad Plain, but all in all it is a very satisfying ending to a brilliant series and a spectacularly well developed world.

  5. Behind the Sentence Book Reviews

    The Ruined Land is the last book in series Chronicles of the Pale. After spending so much time in this world, it’s hard to say goodbye to all those characters. Maybe we can get some spin off? ? … Clare Rhoden definitely knows how to create amazing world. If you are fan of science fiction and dystopian books I definitely recommend you to check this series. This story is something that you won’t forget so fast.

  6. Donna’s Book Blog

    I thought that this book was excellent, it is the third and final book in a fantastic dystopian trilogy and after reading the first two books back to back I was so keen to get started on this one, I jumped it right up to the top of my “TBR” pile (or mountain).

  7. AyJay Book Reviews

    The world-building is, as ever, excellent – well thought-out, compelling and easy to understand. The characterisation is, of course, still very strong; we are really interested in these characters and truly invest in their trials and successes. This series has a lot to offer – not least the heart that seems to be prevalent in Rhoden’s work. There is a real sense of hope through despair, and light against the dark.

  8. Maddison Stoff for Aurealis Magazine

    The Ruined Land is a quieter read than one might expect. It has the feel of Liu Cixin’s Three Body Problem, where an apocalypse that could be fought is coming slowly, only here the characters can’t see or understand the warnings to prepare for it.
    People go about their lives as the world around them continues to decay, dealing with the issues that arise while remaining oblivious to their underlying causes. And eventually, the ending comes, but it isn’t quite what anyone expected.
    The story feels like a reflection of the times: a fitting conclusion to the climate change allegory that permeates this trilogy, and a warning on the way things are now, and where our planet might be headed.
    Yet the pacing of the book, and the focus on its pre-established settings and relationships makes it comforting—because the narrative is written in a way that gives you hope. It also offers promise in the way the characters band together once they realise there’s a threat, not out of obligation or for profiteering, but from genuine compassion for their neighbours.
    However, there’s prejudice against mechanically augmented life that’s understandable in the context of the characters but shouldn’t mirror in the narrative itself. One might find much sympathy for the regent of the Pale, who seems more like a victim than anything. A short scene on the wall, as well as the character of Hector, suggest it’s possible that many people in the Pale are more in touch with their humanity than the narrative encourages us to believe. What’s lacking is clarity that it isn’t their technology that makes the Pale inhuman, but the hubris of the ideology they represent.
    Nevertheless, the story is a great conclusion to a complex and exciting trilogy. Fans of post-human, dystopian, or eco-punk sci-fi will definitely adore this.

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