At the end of The Godless, Mireea lay in ruins, the dead of the city had risen as ghosts, and the keepers Fo and Bau had been slain by Zaifyr.
The Mireeans have now fled to the city of Yeflam with the immortal Zaifyr in chains to barter for their safety. With the threat of war arriving at the Floating Cities, Zaifyr’s trial will become the center of political games. However, Zaifyr is intent on using his trial to begin a new war, a motive that many fear is an echo of the dangerous man he once was. Ayae, a young girl cursed with the gift of fire, sees a chance to learn more of her powers here in the floating city, but she is weighed down by her new responsibilities regarding the safety of the Mireean people.
Across the far ocean, exiled Baron Bueralan and cartographer Orlan have arrived in the city of Ooila with some chilling cargo: the soul of a dead man. As the two men are accepted into the city’s court, they are pulled ever deeper into the Queen’s web of lies and deceit. All the while, a rumor begins to spread of a man who has come ashore, whose seemingly innocent presence threatens them all.
". . . a story told with perfect pacing, veined with pithy heart-stopping chapters requiring immediate recovery by the reader from the events that unfold within them—a genuine pacemaker."Amazon Reviewer
". . . a good mix of action, intrigue and actual characterization."Amazon Reviewer
Ben Peek is the Sydney based author of the Children Trilogy, the short story collection Dead Americans and Other Stories, Black Sheep, Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth, and Above/Below with Stephani Campisi.
In his native country, Peek is critically acclaimed and has been nominated for a number of awards that, thankfully, he has not won. He has written criticism, published a psychogeography pamphlet called the Urban Sprawl Project, and an autobiographical comic called Nowehere Near Savannah. The latter was illustrated by Anna Brown, who also provided illustrations for Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth. In addition, he has published a wide range of short fiction, some of which has appeared in Polyphony, Leviathan, Clarkesworld, Fantasy Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Aurealis, Overland, and various editions of Year’s Best books.
He has a doctorate in creative writing, and has worked as a cook, a projectionist, a teacher, and a lecturer, all of which he is happy to have given up or will be happy to give up. For more about Ben: theurbansprawlproject.com.