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Coldmaker by Daniel A. Cohen

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Hardcover: 336 Pages.

Published: 02 November 2017 by HarperVoyager

ISBN: 0008207151

EAN: 9780008207151

Eight hundred years ago, the Jadans angered the Crier. In punishment, the Crier took their Cold away, condemning them to a life of enslavement in a world bathed in heat.

Or so the tale goes.

During the day, as the Sun blazes over his head, Micah leads the life of any Jadan slave, running errands through the city of Paphos at the mercy of the petty Nobles and ruthless taskmasters.

But after the evening bells have tolled and all other Jadans sleep, Micah escapes into the night in search of scraps and broken objects, which once back inside his barracks he tinkers into treasures.

However, when a mysterious masked Jadan publicly threatens Noble authority, a wave of rebellion ripples through the city.

With Paphos plunged into turmoil, Micah’s secret is at risk of being exposed. And another, which has been waiting hundreds of years to be found, is also on the verge of discovery…

The secret of Cold.

Reviews

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Interesting World

Set on a planet which is mostly desert, the Nobles have control of the cold and the lowly Jadens get the merest leftovers. Micah is an unusual boy. Scavenging amongst the rubbish at night he tinkers, creating forbidden mechanical inventions. Death is a constant threat but then so is rebellion.

The bottom line of this book is not disimilar to many post-apocalypic type books. However, there is no guarantee that this is earth and it is approximately 800 years after the cataclysmic event - whatever that was. This event has become shrouded in a religion where the Nobles deserve the cold and the water but the Jadens, who angered the gods, are unworthy. This society is structured well though there were some questions around it which I am still puzzled by - why can't the Jaden create things? I also struggled with the exact nature of the cold which seemed to be a sort of ice but not quite.

It always takes a while to explain a world to the reader and this can get a little tedious. I found that this book managed to avoid the tedium and explained things well as the story progressed. There wasn't a point in which I thought about giving up and I found myself thinking about this book whilst doing other things.

Micah is a clever lad in many ways but has no real foresight on how to make radical changes. However with the help of two friends he is forced to see that real change needs to happen and soon. Tinkering with mechanics and making little inventions is not enough to change the world!

I have read a good number of this type of book and would rate this well above average. The world, its social structure and religion do stand up well and more or less make sense. The characters are well constructed from the main characters including Micah to his Father, Abe and his friends amongst the Jadens. A vast majority of the characters are likeable and I found it very easy to be behind Micah and the cause of the Jadens. I liked the fact that Micah is a slightly reluctant hero and not really sure of the direction he should be taking.

The ending of this book came to a great climax which fitted well with the story. There is obviously another book to follow on and I shall be keen to read this. I feel that some of my queries will be answered as Micah discovers more about the history of his world and the structure of the society.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

 
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