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Hugo Award finalist Daniel Polansky crafts an innovative, mind-bending fantasy mystery in The Seventh Perfection
When a woman with perfect memory sets out to solve a riddle, the threads she tugs on could bring a whole city crashing down. The God-King who made her is at risk, and his other servants will do anything to stop her.
To become the God-King's Amanuensis, Manet had to master all seven perfections, developing her body and mind to the peak of human performance. She remembers everything that has happened to her, in absolute clarity, a gift that will surely drive her mad. But before she goes, Manet must unravel a secret which threatens not only the carefully prepared myths of the God-King's ascent, but her own identity and the nature of truth itself.
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A woman questions the eclectic citizens of a realm obsessed with power and memory in this innovative and rewarding fantasy from Polansky (The Builders). As servant of the God-King Ba l Melqart, specially trained Manet is the only Amanuensis, or "slave-recorder," who has mastered the seventh perfection: she's capable of remembering every detail of every minute of her life. When Manet discovers a locket containing the hologram of a unknown woman, she traverses her ancient, unnamed city to find anyone who can identify the subject, interviewing an ex-lover, a cyborg, a warrior priest, and a sentient plant, among others. The story unfolds almost entirely through these conversations, and only the interviewee's responses are recorded, leaving the reader to imagine Manet's questions. This single-sided dialogue reflects a society run on lies, propaganda, and a one-sided knowledge of history. As the eccentric interviewees attempt to identify the woman in the locket and relay what they can remember of the ascent of the God-King, it becomes increasingly clear that in this vast totalitarian city, propaganda has replaced truth and memory can be manipulated. While readers will crave more details about this world, the unique, challenging way the mystery unfolds presents a delightful puzzle. This is sure to impress.