Darklands Trilogy

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Darklands Trilogy
The Covers of each book in the trilogy: Nightpeople, Skyfall, and Daywards respectively.
Nightpeople
Skyfall
Daywards
Author Anthony Eaton
Cover artist Greg Bridges
Country Australia
Language English
Genre fantasy action
Publisher University of Queensland Press
Published 2005 – 2010
Media type Print (hardcover and paperback)

The Darklands trilogy is a series of books by Australian author Anthony Eaton. University of Queensland Press published all three books.[1][2][3] The series is set over 1000 years in a future in which the human race has polluted the world and now, in part, living in sealed environments and part in an exposed but walled wasteland known as the Darklands. The books centre around Saria, a darklander (Nightpeople), Larinan Mann of Port City (Skyfall), and Dara, Saria's granddaughter (Daywards).

List of Darkland Trilogy Books[edit]

  • Nightpeople (2005)
  • Skyfall (2007)
  • Daywards (2010)

Reception[edit]

Nightpeople[edit]

Sally Murphy at Aussie Reviews.com commended the book as "a well-woven, absorbing tale".[4] It was shortlisted in "Best Adult Fantasy" and "Best Young Adult Fantasy" category of the 2006 Aurealis Awards[5]

Skyfall[edit]

Sally Murphy of Aussie Reviews.com commends the book as "challenging and absorbing". She also comments that "The world is alien enough to intrigue, but familiar enough for readers to connect with. The action is fast paced and the characters both diverse and believable".[6] Skyfall was the winner of the 2007 Aurealis Award for "Best Young Adult Fantasy" category.[5] It was also shortlisted for the 2007 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards for "Literature - Young Adult" Category.[7]

Daywards[edit]

The highly anticipated conclusion to the trilogy was received well overall with paper reviews dubbing it "a great read".[3] However this book is yet to either receive, or even be shortlisted for, any awards. Readers found Daywards "the least convincing" of the trilogy but an "a fantastic end to a well-received and talked about trilogy".[8][9]

The World of the Darklands Trilogy[edit]

Geography[edit]

In the world of the Darklands Trilogy, the surface of the earth is split into two areas.

  • Darklands - Huge walled expanses of land designed to contain environmental and genetic defects
  • Literally everything else - This land has virtually no population, with the vast, vast majority of humanity living in the dome cities.

Civilization within the Darklands[edit]

Towns[edit]

There were once many towns dotted across the huge expanse of the Darklands, but there are now only a few. This is because some towns got smaller, then some people wanting to escape their failing towns moved to the larger settlements, and then their original towns really did die off. The remaining towns are nothing more than collections of ramshackle huts, made from rusted corrugated tin, and propped up with whatever was available.
List of Known Towns:

Woormra

This is probably the largest town and is home to the Council of Dreamers.

Olympic

This town is smaller than Woormra, although its people are more aggressive, dangerous, and paranoid, as they even built a defensive wall out of sharp branches around their town.

Mooka

This town is also smaller than Woormra, and is unremarkable, other than being significantly closer to the Darkedge than any other town.

The Valley[edit]

The valley, also known as Ma's Valley, was a secret valley far away from all other pockets of civilization, and was known only to a select few. Its only permanent occupant was Ma, an aging woman who took care of children sent to her. Over the years, a number of children were sent there for protection. None were ever found and the valley was never discovered.

Ruins of the Shifting House[edit]

The shifting house is a decaying structure left over from before the shifting. It is avoided by most Darklanders. It is renowned by most people within the Darklands, for its air of death, destruction and mystery, and because it sits in a circle of ruined, acrid ground. The Shifting House is implied to be a former nuclear power station.

Civilization outside of the Darklands[edit]

Dome Cities[edit]

These were the pinnacle achievement of generations before; eternal containers of society, made of near impervious permacrete and clearcrete, two materials that revolutionized construction, and along with the invention of the Governors (Massive Computers that controlled every aspect of life within the domes) enabled the building of the Dome Cities. One of the Dome Cities ('Port') is featured on the cover of 'Skyfall'.

The Underworld[edit]

The underworld is what's left over from a thousand years ago. Endless fields of decaying skyscrapers and apartment blocks, all abandoned for a thousand years or more. It is unknown how many people if any live down here.

Transport (In and out of the Darklands)[edit]

In the Darklands[edit]

  • Walking
  • Riding Camels

Fliers[edit]

Flyers are aerial vehicles that are used for travel between the dome cities, as well as research trips into the Darklands. A large variety of fliers exist, although the most famous ones belong to DGAP (Darklands Genetic Adaption Program) and resemble a squat bug. These fliers have three seats (Pilot, Co-Pilot and Commander/Observer) in the cockpit (The Front Dome) arranged in a triangle (Pilot Front-Left, Co-Pilot Front-Right and Commander/Observer Rear-Center), as well as space behind the front dome. This space includes an equipment rack for suits and helmets.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nightpeople". University of Queensland Press Retrieved 2013-09-19.
  2. ^ "Skyfall". University of Queensland Press. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
  3. ^ a b "Daywards". University of Queensland Press. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
  4. ^ Murphy, Sally. "YA Book Review: Nightpeople, by Anthony Eaton". Aussie Reviews.com. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  5. ^ a b "Aurealis Awards, Previous Years' Results". Aurealis Awards. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  6. ^ Murphy, Sally. "YA Book Review: Skyfall, by Anthony Eaton". Aussie Reviews.com. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  7. ^ "Western Australian Premier's Book Awards - 2007 Shortlist". State Library of Western Australia. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  8. ^ MacLeod, Crisetta. "Blogspot Book Review: Daywards by Anthony Eaton" aurealisxpress.com. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
  9. ^ "Daywards: Book three of the Darklands Trilogy". Penguin Books Australia. Retrieved 2013-09-19.