'East of the sun and west of the moon...'
...you may find a freighter carrying ivory to Huy Braseal, mammoth tusks to Tartessos and Ashkelon, spices from Cathay to Lyonesse. Another world, of infinite strangeness and high adventure, yet never far from our own; round a corner, through a door into a harbourside inn and you may find yourself there.
Steve Fisher had been there once, had sailed the cloud archipelagos on a desperate quest to Hispaniola. Or had he? The memories have faded...was it only a dream? Then, in Bangkok, as he struggles to arrange a shipment of vital supplies to the endangered paradise of Bali, Steve finds himself catapulted back into that world, through the eerie gates of the Spiral - and into terrible dangers. For our there is something that wants him stopped, at any costs.
Shadows from the past, from the present - and from somewhere that is neither, where myths and legends and terrifying archetypes stalk the world. Entangles by old loves and ancient hatreds, with witches and warlocks to help him and the original Bogeyman on his trail, Steve must fight to reconcile past and present in an epic battle of wits which leads him from the sleazy sex bars of Bangkok to the mist-shrouded islands of the South Seas...
This rich, original sequel to Chase the Morning weaves exciting Far East locales and mythology into a stirring fantasy. Years before the tale begins, Stephen Fisher had ventured into the Spiral, a magical world where myths are reality. Now an international shipping agent, he is baffled by the inexplicable setbacks suffered during his company's efforts to transport vital water-purification equipment to the island of Bali. When Fisher has a bizarre supernatural encounter in a Bangkok alley, he realizes that his experiences with the Spiral are not yet over. Awesome forces have arrayed themselves against him, and to get the needed shipment to Bali he embarks on a perilous voyage within the Spiral, aided by a motley band of pirates and a mysterious sorcerer. Those unfamiliar with the first book may find some of the story's threads a little difficult to pick up, but this engaging tale successfully combines colorful characters, spirited swashbuckling, atmospheric settings and thoughtful political debate. A welcome change from standard sword-and-sorcery quests.