About The White Pavilion
Five hundred years ago, Old Earth was facing certain destruction. In the country we know as Spain, a Clockmaker was visited by an Oracle, who told her that a new world must be created.
La Relojero, the Clockmaker, thus fashioned Tierra Mejor, a world governed by clockwork. Along with Seven Companions, she left the dying Earth behind.
But now, an illness is spreading across their world. Machines are failing, crops are diseased, and the Green-bands, led by a man known only as la Rebelde, the Rebel, are spreading discord.
Every year, the Daughters of the Pavilion dance to honour the myth is being performed by the Daughters of the Pavilion. Imre has been chosen to play the part of la Grulla. It is her task is to honour the Pattern by placing a white feather into the hand of a statue of la Oracula, the Oracle. At the last moment, she stumbles.
The Pattern has been disrupted, and Imre’s future is now in jeopardy. The Prince Regent, Thaniel, insists that she is brought to the Citadel. The Prince is young, easily distracted, and determined to bury his insecurities under a screen of drugs. Senor Grath, the Prince’s Advisor, is the effective governor. He dislikes Imre immensely - she is everything he despises. Then there is La Boca, leader of the mysterious Brotherhood, whose sinister plans seem to involve disposing of the Prince - and Imre is in his way.
Thrown from her old life into a world of politics and intrigue, lust and greed, tradition and romance, Imre must confront the Brotherhood and save her people. She will have to fight to ensure the final part of la Relojero’s plan is completed - and that the children of the Seven Companions can return home to Old Earth.
Reviews for The White Pavilion
The White Pavilion is set in a dying world and combines elements of dystopian scifi and steampunk. It follows Imre, a young dancer, who fails her most important dance at a religious festival and is brought up before the regent : He makes her a member of his household before a religious group can get her hands on her. Imre is a quiet heroine - with her we discover that there are much bigger things going on and that the world she lives in is in fact, dying.
I quite enjoyed it, the story was fast-paced and the heroine likeable. Most [...]
The Old World mentioned in the beginning of the novel is our current one, placing this steampunk world in our distant future. This explains the familiar words and professions of the people, as La Relojero had once lived in Spain. There's a very rigid patriarchal and classist social structure that is reminiscent of fantasy worlds that are based on Medieval Europe. The similarity ends there because Imre has clockwork installed in her temple, to help her keep time to dance. There are communication crystals, automatons and machinery to make the lives of the people easier, and the mysterious Brotherhood that [...]
The White Pavilion focuses on young dancer, Imre. Imre was chosen to join the Daughters of the Pavilion from a hard life on the streets in a lower tier. She is determined to make good and rise above her roots. Then she does the unthinkable and falls during the annual elaborate dance festival depicting the origin of the early founding fathers/mothers escape from Old Earth and the founding of Tierra Mejor. The dance has traditional and religious connotations and her fall seems to cause a series of catastrophic events and a great change for her future. [...]
I loved the setting in this book, it was very dystopian, and end of the world. They were separated by castes, which sucks. Here we have Imre, who is a Daughter of the Pavilion, and every year they honor the pattern by placing a feather in that hand of la Orcula. This year Imre is chosen to be the dancer who gets to place the feather in the hand of la Orcula. But while performing this dance Imre stumbles, and upsets the fragile balance of order.But then the King requests, that Imre live in the palace, inside his brothel. Imre [...]