Debris by Jo Anderton — book review

Debris: The Veiled Worlds Book 1 by Jo Anderton. Angry Robot (October 2011) ‘7.99

Reviewed by Eleanor Hopkins

 

Tanyana is wealthy, educated and respected. She is a talented pion architect and head of her own critical circle. The most ambitious and prestigious of her works, the statue Grandeur, is nearing completion, and Tanyana is at the head of her game. But something goes wrong, something flings her from her place in society; an accident perhaps, but she can’t shake the feeling that the veche inspector and the strange puppet men are connected.

  

Now, fallen and outcast, her life, her purpose, and her very self changed forever, Tanyana must find a new place in Movoc-under-Keeper and work out whether anyone can be relied upon or trusted anymore. Her quest to discover why she fell will lead to more questions, yet the answers seem always out of reach. The end of this book leaves us with just enough of a sense of the bigger picture to want to read book two. Anderton has created a world based on an entirely new magic system in this engrossing debut. The story of a fallen heroine struggling to cope with her new place in the world is a classic narrative, but set in a grimy and dangerous world where threats lurk around every corner and the mystery unravels with complexity.

Debris: The Veiled Worlds Book 1 by Jo Anderton. Angry Robot (October 2011) ‘7.99

Reviewed by Eleanor Hopkins

 

Tanyana is wealthy, educated and respected. She is a talented pion architect and head of her own critical circle. The most ambitious and prestigious of her works, the statue Grandeur, is nearing completion, and Tanyana is at the head of her game. But something goes wrong, something flings her from her place in society; an accident perhaps, but she can’t shake the feeling that the veche inspector and the strange puppet men are connected.

  

Now, fallen and outcast, her life, her purpose, and her very self changed forever, Tanyana must find a new place in Movoc-under-Keeper and work out whether anyone can be relied upon or trusted anymore. Her quest to discover why she fell will lead to more questions, yet the answers seem always out of reach. The end of this book leaves us with just enough of a sense of the bigger picture to want to read book two. Anderton has created a world based on an entirely new magic system in this engrossing debut. The story of a fallen heroine struggling to cope with her new place in the world is a classic narrative, but set in a grimy and dangerous world where threats lurk around every corner and the mystery unravels with complexity.