Highly original fantasy debut from a new British author. With masterful storytelling, great characters and a world full of magical surprises, it is destined to become a classic of the genre.
In the secluded house, an invisible presence watches over Victor Lazarus as he carries out the instructions of an unknown benefactor ...
In the village, Rusty Brown encounters a strange girl who tells him a secret that will haunt his dreams and lure him to the dark underworld of the city ...
In the city, Leonardo Pegasus tinkers with the Multiple Empathy Engine - a bizarre contraption of his own invention that enables the user to see the whole world without going anywhere ...
An old man, a young boy and a magician. Three tales beautifully intertwine to create a wonderfully original story of magic and mystery, of secret pasts and forbidden futures - of wanderers and islanders.
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There is no faulting Cockayne's story telling. His style is direct and simple, yet very engaging. He seems as equally comfortable writing pathos and humor as he is at dealing with myths and violence. - SFREVU.COM
A heady fusion of well-known fantasy tropes and the quiet oddness of everyday life, with a dash of social satire for good measure. - ZONE-SF.COM
A laudable and immensely readable debut from a sparkling new voice - DIVERSEBOOKS.COM
Steve Cockayne has created something fascinating and strange. It is intricate, important and moving - CHINA MIEVILLE