On a broken ship orbiting a doomed sun, dwellers have grown complacent with their aging metal world. But when a serving girl frees a captive noblewoman, the old order is about to change....Ariane, Princess of the House of Rule, was known to be fiercely cold-blooded. But severing an angel’s wings... show more
On a broken ship orbiting a doomed sun, dwellers have grown complacent with their aging metal world. But when a serving girl frees a captive noblewoman, the old order is about to change....Ariane, Princess of the House of Rule, was known to be fiercely cold-blooded. But severing an angel’s wings on the battlefield—even after she had surrendered—proved her completely without honor. Captive, the angel Perceval waits for Ariane not only to finish her off—but to devour her very memories and mind. Surely her gruesome death will cause war between the houses—exactly as Ariane desires. But Ariane’s plan may yet be opposed, for Perceval at once recognizes the young servant charged with her care. Rien is the lost child: her sister. Soon they will escape, hoping to stop the impending war and save both their houses. But it is a perilous journey through the crumbling hulk of a dying ship, and they do not pass unnoticed. Because at the hub of their turning world waits Jacob Dust, all that remains of God, following the vapor wisp of the angel. And he knows they will meet very soon.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: 2007-12-26
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
I don't even really know where to start when summarizing this book. I find it a fantastic blending of fantasy and science fiction. To me the story starts out reading like high fantasy and then slides it way into high technology speculative fiction. The story explores concepts of humanity, gender,...
This is one of the most unique books I've ever read. What kept me reading was not only wondering what would happen next, but wondering why they were in such a predicament. The characters weren't as three-dimensional as I generally like, and their fates didn't concern me much, but the way things were...
3.5 stars. I liked it . . . I think. I have a feeling that parts of it were completely over my head.
I love that I've decided to do these book clubs this year, because I'm already reading stuff that I never would've picked up on my own otherwise. I've seen Elizabeth Bear's name floating around (I work in a book store) but I've never actually heard a lot about her or her books. Well, she was the Jan...
First in a planned trilogy called, "Jacob's Ladder," "Dust" introducesus to a decaying generation ship, stuck in orbit around an unstablestar. Originally the project of a religious cult, both the people andthe AIs of the ship have devolved strangely as the years have gone by.Now, a last few bastions...