Award-winning author Simon Morden joins Gollancz with a stunning SF quest across a vast world that mirrors every London ever built.
Instead of fire, there was water.
A wave slapped through the open doorway, and a gust of wind blew into the smoke-filled corridor, dragging a spiral of soot outwards and away.
MARY. One slip away from prison, fighting to build herself a future from nothing.
DALIP. The gentle son of a warrior tradition. A young man who must fight for independence from his family.
STANISLAV. A fierce and capable man carrying the wounds of a brutal war.
They left London in flames for a place where everything was different. A place that can uncover your secrets.
A place haunted by a man called Crows . . .
there are horrors that surprise as well as moments of wonder. The story is patient, and every sequence is both a physical battle and philosophical teaching that merge with well-placed hooks
Simon Morden has won the Philip K. Dick Award and been a judge on the Arthur C. Clarke Award. A popular figure on the genre scene he has also proved to be a popular author of both noir SF and extravagant Fantasy themed SF. He has also been an editor at Focus magazine. He has a degree in Geology and Planetary Geophysics. He lives in Gateshead.