A woman with wings that exist in another dimension. A man trapped in his own body by a killer. A briefcase that is a door to hell. A conspiracy that reaches beyond our world. Breathtaking SF from a Clarke Award-winning author.
Tricia Sullivan has written an extraordinary, genre defining novel that begins with the mystery of a woman who barely knows herself and ends with a discovery that transcends space and time. On the way we follow our heroine as she attempts to track down a killer in the body of another man, and the man who has been taken over, his will trapped inside the mind of the being that has taken him over.
And at the centre of it all a briefcase that contains countless possible realities.
Tricia Sullivan returns to the genre with a book that will define the conversation within the genre and will show what it is capable of for years to come. This is the best book yet from a writer of exceedingly rare talent who is much loved in the genre world.
Sullivan (Dreaming in Smoke) takes readers on a psychedelic journey through an unknown higher dimension. Pearl's first memory of Earth is waking up in a junkyard in present-day New York, somehow aware that she's from a higher dimension, she's not human, and she looks like what humans call an angel. She also knows she must find a man who stole something important from her that he keeps in a briefcase. When it's opened, other dimensions are accessed, and other creatures can escape. Until she can find him, she works for a mysterious organization called the Resistance, posing as a flight attendant and using her powers to create small acts of kindness by calming human minds. When she encounters the man and briefcase on a flight, their interaction results in a hole being ripped in the plane. The Resistance fires her, and she's left to find the briefcase again on her own. Readers looking for a straightforward story will not find it here; however, those looking to stretch their imaginations will appreciate Sullivan's eclectic and unorthodox tale.