The Forest's Edge

The Forest's Edge


Fiction - Science Fiction
182 Pages
Reviewed on 04/27/2015
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Author Biography

Born in Murcia, Spain, with Bachelors in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Murcia. Studied abroad in Trieste, Italy, and in TN, USA, where she is currently pursuing a Masters program in Communication and a Graduate Certificate in Medical Translation. Ines Galiano love writing, cinema, art and music and has writen three books and translated one. You can learn more about her at inesgaliano.com

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Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite

In The Forest's Edge by Ines Galiano, for 450 years after the Black Years the citizens of Civis have taken refuge in the caves and created an underworld civilization. To keep a delicate balance, they live under a strict set of rules. One was a Pact with the inhabitants of the topside greenhouses known as the city of Silva. This Pact was the beginning of the second era of civilization. For a special consideration, they will receive food and supplies they are unable to produce underground. Although shaky at times, four hundred and fifty years later, the Pact is still observed. Then everything begins to change when Vogel, one of the fifty-two apprentices beginning his period of instruction in Civis, realizes that something isn’t right as he dreams of things that normal Civis citizens shouldn’t know. Soon he and his trainer, Lerdre, escape the confines of Civis and flee for Silva. Once there they find that their adventure is only starting...

I have always been fond of post apocalyptic stories, interested in the way a particular author determines how the world would be. In this case, I was surprised with a completely new take on an old story line. I appreciated the way the author gave every other chapter from the point of view of the main characters, Vogel and Lerdre. The plot was strong with good organization, leaving the reader eagerly waiting to see what would happen next. The dialogue was realistic, and the descriptions were colorful. Overall, this was a well written, well developed story that I highly recommend to sci-fi lovers everywhere. Well done.

Kim Anisi

In The Forest's Edge by Ines Galiano, the reader is taken to a region in which two cultures have completely different ways of life, yet have to rely on each other to survive. The Silva are - supposedly - savage people who live off the blood of the other people, the Civis. The Civis live in caves because they think that the world overground is still full of poisonous air. After all, history teaches it so. Every week, the Civis offer a sacrifice to the Silva in exchange for food, and sometimes treats like fruit and chocolate. Everybody seems okay with this until Vogel turns up, and draws Lerdre and some others into actions that would change everything - if the people of the two cultures would allow those changes.

The Forest's Edge by Ines Galiano weaves together a story of two cultures that have to come to grips with the fact that the history they have been taught might not exactly be the truth. The story is mainly told from the perspective of Vogel and Lerdre. The writing is clear and simple, and draws the reader in quickly. I finished the book within a rather short time, and that only happens when I enjoy a story and would like to know what is coming next. While I wished that the characters had been a bit more complex, I enjoyed reading the book a lot. The story was interesting, and it definitely makes you think about a variety of issues we also have in our society. I recommend this to people who like entertaining books that also make you think.