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Publisher Description

An atmospheric and intrigue-filled novel of dead gods, buried histories, and a mysterious, protean city--from one of America's most acclaimed young fantasy writers.

The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions—until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself—first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it—stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy.

Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the unassuming young woman is just another junior diplomat sent by Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, she is one of her country's most accomplished spies, dispatched to catch a murderer. But as Shara pursues the killer, she starts to suspect that the beings who ruled this terrible place may not be as dead as they seem—and that Bulikov's cruel reign may not yet be over.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
September 9
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Space opera lover ,

Engaging read

Highly inventive and satisfying science fiction that dips a toe into fantasy but stays grounded.

Akop55 ,

Real good read

Bit of fantasy fiction with some undertones of a historical satire. What's not to like when your secretary is a giant one eyed, head crunching, Viking pirate?!

theappleofadam ,

Highly engaging

Great characterization, world building and political intrigue. One of the most unique magic systems I've seen in a long time. Gave myself a headache reading so long.

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