About the Book:
It’s a new Dark Age.
200 YEARS AGO:
An apocalyptic level scientific overreach catastrophe reversed the poles, killed off 97% of the world’s population, and caused inheritable genetic anomalies in some of the few who survived.
Those with flawed genes, the Unearthly, are pariahs, science and technology is regulated by a despotic king, lawlessness has given way to local fiefdoms, and a new dark age has arisen, explaining what were once scientific facts as legend, lore, and myth.
Slade lives a quiet life in the Iron Wood, hunting alongside his mother and visiting the village only to trade goods. But when she’s assassinated, he goes out into the dreaded human world to find her killer. Human he might be, but as the son of the Ogress, he is unafraid of rebels, Syndicate crime lords, or ruthless nobles who would love nothing more than to see him dead.
I unknowingly made my first foray into steampunk with The Ogress’ Son, and I’m glad I did. Page Zaplendam creates an intriguing world – a medieval type future with a high-tech past waiting to be recovered. The problem lies in which faction does the recovering – those who are secreting each advancement for their own political gain or those would use it to bring power to the people?
The story follows the ogress’ son, Slade, as he seeks justice – or is it revenge? – for his mother’s death. On the way, he is drawn into a conflict by a princess in exile, so to speak, Matilde, and rival factions.
Slade waffles about whether he can trust Matilde despite his attraction to her. The reader will wonder, along with Slade, where allegiances lie and whether Slade, son of an ogre, can lead men in a city-wide revolution.
While the story resolved to my satisfaction, I’m guessing there may be more to Slade’s story in subsequent novels. The revolution has just begun.
About the Author:
Page Zaplendam is a southern writer with a wide range of fiction interests. As mama to a lot of littles, she doesn’t gets her books out there as often as she’d like, but it’s not for lack of having the need to craft, create, and share new stories with the world. Besides exciting dystopian adventure tales, she also writes about vampires, sweet romance, and sometimes sweet vampire romance.
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