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The Pale (Chronicles of the Pale #1) by Clare Rhoden


The Outside can be a dangerous place.

But so can the inside.

It’s been years since the original cataclysm, but life has been structured, peaceful, and most of all uneventful in the Pale. The humachine citizens welcome the order provided by their ruler, the baleful Regent.

However, when one of their own rescues a human boy, Hector, from ravenous ferals on the Outside, their careful systems are turned upside down.

As Hector grows more and more human-strange, the citizens of the Pale grow uneasy.

What will happen when the Outside tries to get in?


Divided into seven districts, the Pale was the largest surviving colony on the continent. The only one worth saving, according to the doctrines of the city’s forecasters. The bucolic settlement to the south and the flimsy camps of the wandering tribesfolk out there on the plain were but poor travesties of survival.

This story is a post-apocalyptic story filled with a plethora of characters from livewares, humachines, settlers, tribesmen, recyclers, caninis, ferals, and many more. However, it is centered around a young boy and Outsider named Hector who is saved by a serviceman for The Pale. 

As Hector gets older, Hector’s unusually large stature and unknown origin is a mystery and the recyclers are uneasy about what this means for The Pale. 

The Pale is the first book in the Chronicles of the Pale series and after learning the dynamics of the districts and the good and evil within them, the story will draw you in with unpredictable characters and events. Another series I have added to my list.

Thank you to Ms. Rhoden for giving me the opportunity to review her book without the expectation of a positive review.


The Pale

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BOOK 2: Broad Plain Darkening

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 3: The Ruined Land

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?

In this gripping conclusion to the Chronicles of the Pale, the citizens of the mighty Pale have as much to lose as the communities of the Outside.

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Clare Rhoden is a writer, speaker and reviewer inspired by politics, culture and the march of history. Her thought-provoking stories and popular characters inspire hope and optimism through challenging times, with novels ranging from wartime history to the dystopian world of the Pale.

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