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Publisher Description

The ninth Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction.

It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters.

Lededje Y'breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to put things right she will need the help of the Culture.

It begins in the realm of the Real. It begins with a murder.

And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself.

Praise for the Culture series:

'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday

'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future'

'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention'

'Compulsive reading'
Sunday Telegraph

The Culture series:
Consider Phlebas
The Player of Games
Use of Weapons
The State of the Art
Look to Windward
Surface Detail
The Hydrogen Sonata

Other books by Iain M. Banks:
Against a Dark Background
Feersum Endjinn
The Algebraist

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
7 October
Little, Brown Book Group

Customer Reviews

Slippery Brit ,

Banks at his best

Another thoroughly engaging culture novel from Mr Banks. His imagination knows no bounds. The concepts are epic, as always.

MarkChapman ,

Great story, shame about the iBooks version!

Great Culture novel. Let down a little by a typo infected iBooks version of shockingly poor quality. In the story the narrative changes from one storyline to another during a chapter. Whereas the hardback uses space to indicate these transitions, the iBooks version doesn't, which is a bit disorientating. It also con-rains many,
many typos, layout issues and unnecessary hy-phens! (To give you a feel for an average page!) Given it's more expensive than the paperback, you would have thought they could have proof read it!

foApple ,

Surface detail

I know of no other author who can mix galaxy-spanning, mind- boggling ideas with such horror, humour and profound humanity. Just brilliant.

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