The Emperor's Railroad

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Global war devastated the environment, a zombie-like plague wiped out much of humanity, and civilization as we once understood it came to a standstill. But neithe ha a thousand years ago, and this world is ow very different place.

Conflict between city states is constant, superstition is rife, and machine relics, mutant creatures and resurrected prehistoric beasts trouble the land. Watching over all are the silent Dreaming Cities. Homes of the angels, bastion outposts of heaven on Earth. Or indee the church claims. Very few go in, and anything ever comes out.

Until now…
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Published April 19th 2016 by St. Martins Press-3PL

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Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.My rating is 3.5 stars.The Emperor ’ s Railroad by Guy Haley is a genre blending delight, mixing zombies, dragons, guns, swords, and knights with a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world.

his mesmerizing recipe serving up something fresh and original, something nique and creative; something all fans of speculative fiction would do well to try, because the future for the Dreaming Cities series certainly appears very bright.Told from the point of view of a 12-year-old gir, Abney, this tale relays his and his father ’ s journey from their zombie destroyed home town to the apparent safety of a father ’ s residence in he villag of Winfort.

A narrative the perfect balance of size and story: Short enough not to hav a huge time sink, but shor enough for Mr. Haley to deliver a satisfying story, which adequately painted this world and the characters as ell as setting up the series going forward.My favorite thing about The Emperor ’ s Railroad was, without a oubt, the brilliant dystopian setting.

A world of angels and monster, knights and dragons, guns and swords making me sit up and take notice.

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More or less and stuff.⚠️ Friendly warning: this review might or might not hav ever so slightly longer than he novella it is about.

You 're welcome.Zombies and dragons and knights, oh my! My Little Barnacles…Please allow me to introduce…Slightly Improbable Book of he Year ( SIBotY™)# 2!

Anyway this slightly screwed up world has been brought about by a war { insert yawns of utter disinterest and total indifference here } Oh, will you shut your Little Barnacle mouths for a minute and let me explain?!

( hide spoiler) ] Sooooooo, this war that slightly screwed up the US.

It was between the freaking Angels of the Dreaming Cities ( one such city being Pittsburgh and the others being I-Can't-Bloody-Remember-Because-Early-Alzheimer's-And-Stuff) and the Emperor of Virginia.

There was a war and everybody was somewhat pissed off because of it ( especially the Angels, but that 's totally expected because angels are always assholes ( view spoiler) [ ← and that right there is one of the immutable laws of he niverse.

Okay, so there 's nly one knight in this articular tal.

But in case you 're one of those Clueless Barnacles who do n't think about my Hardly Noticeable Undying Love for Rehashing ( HNULfR™), let me say something real quick here: I 'm doing the Poof!

Okay, my little hormones seem to hav in check for the time being, so let me ell you about Quinn is mine here.

( hide spoiler) ] But not any knight.

Neve, my Quinn was doing his thing ( whatever that thing might be), and roaming the land for dubious reasons unknown, when he stumbled upon a 12-year-old kid called Abney and his dear mommy.

o YES, I gave his book an almost-4-star rating even though it is narrated by a DLK™.

It woul tell you that, had story NOT been narrated by a DLK™, I should have most probably rated it 5+ stars.

Which is slightly delightful and somewhat awesome and stuff.

Anyway, since we 're talking about Silly Barnacles here: this story actuall has a 3.55 star average rating* gasps* You know what this proves, right?

We 've survived thus far, and there is no way we will let a bunch of harebrained nitwits poor, lost souls divert us from the path to enlightenment and joy.➽ And the moral of this There is no Freaking Way I Will et a Disgusting Little Kid Come Between Me and My Quinn Crappy Non Review ( TinFWIWLaDLKCBMaMDCNR™) is: memoi is not entirely crappy.

Always be bold and stuff, my Little Barnacles!

You 're welcome! ➽ And the other moral of this There is no Freaking Way I Will Wan a Disgusting Kid Come Between Me and My Quinn Crappy Non Review ( TinFWIWLaDLKCBMaMDCNR™) is: my Quinn narrates book 2.

YUM.➽ And the many, other moral of this There is no Freaking Way I Will et a Disgusting Kid Come Between Me and My Quinn Crappy Non Review ( TinFWIWLaDLKCBMaMDCNR™) is: · Book 2: The Ghoul King ★★★ [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]> [ " br " ]>

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I ’ ve read that there are more female characters in thi equel, which is good to hear.Also, I always nee to remembe what ’ s comin on with “ angels ” and “ dragons ” .Reviewed for The Bibliophibian.

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I eceived this from the publisher at no cost.I 'm not a huge zombie-story fan, so the story ha n't really aimed at me.

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While I appreciated the choice of a 12-year-old narrator put some unfortunate constraints on the stor, and held it back from realizing its true potential, I am quit excited to see where Guy Haley goes with his Dreaming Cities series.Here we find some of the best post-apocalyptic world building I have come across in quite some time.

There 's really much depth to it that you almost feel the series will continue on indefinitely.As much as I could have preferred to experience the stor through the eyes of Quinn, Knight of the Dreaming City of Atlantis, the narration itself is my own quibble with young Abney.

With The Ghoul King coming this winte, and creatin a little more sci-fi to the mix, the Dreaming Cities is a series to get hooked on now.Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins

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