The Confederacy of Heaven

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There has been no rain for two hundred years. Nasan Rattlingbones has been exiled from her clan and left to fend for herself in the waste. She discovers she may be at the heart of a heavenly conspiracy involving the curse on her world.

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Words: 90,950
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458136206
About Margaret R Taylor

Hello! I am a science fiction and fantasy author, bibliophile, self-proclaimed nerd, and occasional biologist. You can find on this site three novels, Grizelda, The Confederacy of Heaven, and Cannon Fodder, as well as the short stories "Ravensdaughter's Tale" and "John of the Rhine."

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Review by: solar storm on March 18, 2013 :
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.

An interesting fantasy with unique elements and a realistic main character.

This book was a collection of different elements and genres although fantasy was the main genre. The idea of no rain for two hundred years was an interesting one although I wondered how anyone could have survived without water. It does turn out that there is snowfall, but no water, which does confuse me quite a bit. I also wasn't sure how people still had electricity (the townies) after 200 years nor did I understand how Nasan understood certainly technology so well. The world was not as primitive as I expected.

I really liked Nasan. She was a warrior who doubted her skills and wasn't this incredibly strong super bad ass warrior. She was a very realistic character. The story focuses on her journey and her strength of character, not how attractive she is or how unbelievably talented she is. My enjoyment of this book did wane a little as the book progressed due to what felt like needless complications and plot devices. I am glad that there was a happy ending and I would love to read more about the universe and Stars.

I would recommend this to those that enjoy fantasy with elements of dystopia and science fiction.
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Review by: solar storm on March 18, 2013 :
An interesting fantasy with unique elements and a realistic main character.

This book was a collection of different elements and genres although fantasy was the main genre. The idea of no rain for two hundred years was an interesting one although I wondered how anyone could have survived without water. It does turn out that there is snowfall, but no water, which does confuse me quite a bit. I also wasn't sure how people still had electricity (the townies) after 200 years nor did I understand how Nasan understood certainly technology so well. The world was not as primitive as I expected.

I really liked Nasan. She was a warrior who doubted her skills and wasn't this incredibly strong super bad ass warrior. She was a very realistic character. The story focuses on her journey and her strength of character, not how attractive she is or how unbelievably talented she is. My enjoyment of this book did wane a little as the book progressed due to what felt like needless complications and plot devices. I am glad that there was a happy ending and I would love to read more about the universe and Stars.

I would recommend this to those that enjoy fantasy with elements of dystopia and science fiction.
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Review by: Amos Batto on Aug. 20, 2012 :
A delightfully gritty story. I loved the descripiton of the quipu magic and nomadic clan life.

The end with the journey to the stars was a little disorienting and too fast in my opinion, but it was definitely a great read. I can only hope that we have a real confederation of the stars to stop humanity from destroying our planet.

I only saw one typo in the whole book:
She was going to argue more, but all of a sudden Temujin bent down and kissed her roughly on the check.
It should be "cheek".

By the way, the word for the person who manages the quipu (knotted cord) is "quipucamayoc" in Spanish or "khipukamayuq" in Quechua, not "khipucamayo" as it appears in the book. You are mixing Spanish and Quechua spelling and leaving off the ending.

The word comes from:
khipu (knotted cord) + kama (to manage) + yuq (with)
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Review by: Emily Weiser on Jan. 09, 2012 :
Definitely one of the best free ebooks I've read to date! Within a couple of chapters I had decided that if I had paid for the book, it would have been totally worth it. The writing style, main character, and even some elements of the plot remind me a bit of The Hunger Games (which was obviously a hugely popular book), so if you liked that one, definitely give this one a try. The main character is a 17-year-old girl but this book will definitely appeal to a wide audience, young and old. The plot and characters are compelling (I couldn't put it down) and it is, refreshingly, VERY well written. I get really distracted and annoyed by bad grammar/sentence structure or when authors obviously don't really understand all of the words they try to use... but there was NONE of that in this book. I think I noticed two minor typos in the whole thing. That's better than a lot of ebooks (or printed books) you have to pay for!! The only possible reason for this book being free is that the author never tried to sell it... because it would definitely sell. Keep writing, Ms. Taylor, and I'll be first in line to buy your next book!
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Review by: T Pierce on Jan. 03, 2012 :
Loved this and her other book Grizelda. Very imaginative. Great for children and adults.
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Review by: Stacy Dotson on Dec. 29, 2011 :
I couldn't put this down! It was an excellent read, I loved the characters. Nasan goes through so many things, but is still a girl at heart analyzing conversations with her crush and being nervous about public speaking. I finished it in a day because I just couldn't stand not knowing what was going to happen next. I definately would have paid for this!
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Review by: Jason Earl on Nov. 21, 2011 :
I would have paid money for it. In fact, if the author reads this and has a Paypal account I would like to encourage you to continue writing by sending you some money.

For the rest of you reading this review please stop and simply download the ebook. It is far better written than anything I am likely to write.
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Review by: Bard Bloom on May 06, 2011 :
The Confederacy of Heaven by Margaret Taylor.

It hasn't rained for two hundred years -- anywhere on Earth. Civilization is pretty much destroyed; for some reason Calgary is the main surviving city. The world was cursed by the stars, you see. Literally, the stars. Rigel and Spica are important characters in this story. It's a pretty wild and wondrous bit of world-building: the apocalypse happened, and it was wierd. (And, since it's history, all the characters in the book take it as perfectly normal, and so the reader gets to experience it in piece by astounding piece.)

This is the story of Nasan (her name means "Life", as she says to everyone she introduces herself to), an unimpressive but adequate nomad warrior-girl, and all the turmoil of a dessicated world on the eve of -- well, not redemption, but a chance at redemption. Though the stars in the Confederacy of Heaven aren't generally very much given to changing their minds.

It's a pretty light book: an easy read, and, despite the apocalyptic setting and significant hardships the characters endure, it doesn't dwell overmuch on the agonies. And it's funny, with an understated humor that doesn't get in the way of the story: "The tour continued on much warmer terms after Jalal appreciated that boobs were not an automatic disqualifier for killing things."

Far more fun, more exciting, and more mind-blowing than I had expected. This is a free e-book, but I'd have been glad to pay for it.
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Review by: Bumblefish on Feb. 13, 2011 :
I could barely put it down. Nasan is a believable unwilling heroine. The dying world is strange but also strangely familiar. And Nasans adventures in this worldarefastpaced, engaging and led to an ending i certainly would not have anticipated.
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