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The Stars Askew: A Caeli-Amur Novel 2

The Stars Askew: A Caeli-Amur Novel 2 by Rjurik Davidson
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"Impressively imagined." Kirkus on Unwrapped Sky (Book 1)

With the seditionists in power, Caeli-Amur has begun a new age. Or has it? The escaped House officials no longer send food, and the city is starving.

When the moderate leader, Aceline, is murdered, the trail leads the philosopher-assassin Kata to a mysterious book that explains how to control the fabled Prism of Alerion. But when the last person to possess the book is found dead, it becomes clear that a conspiracy is afoot. At its centre is former House Officiate Armand, who has hidden the Prism. Armand is vying for control of the Directorate, the highest political position in the city, until he is betrayed and sent to a prison camp to mine deadly bloodstone.

Meanwhile, seditionist Maximilian is sharing his mind with another being: the joker-god Aya. Aya leads Max to the realm of the Elo-Talern to seek a power source to remove Aya from Max's brain. But when Max and Aya return, they find the vigilants destroying the last remnants of House power.

It seems the seditionist's hopes for a new age of peace and prosperity in Caeli-Amur have come to naught. The question now is not just whether Kata, Max and Armand can do anything to stop the bloody battle in the city, but whether they can escape with their lives.


"A brooding tale of civil unrest and personal destinies" Publishers Weekly

"A lyrical and evocative novel of ancient magic, minotaurs and myth; of dreams and nightmares, sacrifice and redemption. Highly recommended." Garth Nix

"Rjurik has a brilliant, fecund imagination, and I absolutely love the setting and the sense of place ... Caeli-Amur is one of the more memorable cities in recent fantasy." Hannu Rajaniemi

"Rjurik Davidson works the sharp edges where epic fantasy, uncanny science fiction, and the New Weird collide. An amazing debut." Scott Westerfeld

"A dark, strange invitation for lovers, losers and lunatics." Ben Peek

Pan Macmillan UK; July 2016
480 pages; ISBN 9781925480573
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Title: The Stars Askew: A Caeli-Amur Novel 2
Author: Rjurik Davidson
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