By Tobias S. Buckell

In the past, so the tales say, the old-fathers got here to Nanagada via a worm's gap within the sky. trying to find a brand new international to name their very own, they introduced with them a wealthy mélange of cultures, religions, and dialects from a distant planet referred to as Earth. strong have been the old-fathers, with the ability to form the realm to their liking---but that was once many generations in the past, and what used to be recognized has lengthy been misplaced. Steamboats and gas-filled blimps now traverse the planet, the place humans as soon as appeared as much as see nice silver towns within the sky.

Like his global, John deBrun has forgotten greater than he recollects. Twenty-seven years in the past, he washed up onto the shore of Nanagada with out reminiscence of his prior. even supposing he has made a brand new lifestyles for himself one of the peaceable islanders, his soul continues to be haunted through unanswered questions about his personal identity.

These mysteries tackle new urgency whilst the fearsome Azteca hurricane over the depraved excessive Mountains looking for clean blood and hearts to feed their merciless, inhuman gods. Nanagada's purely desire lies in a legendary artifact, the Ma Wi Jung, stated to be hidden someplace within the frozen north. And basically John deBrun understands the device's secrets and techniques, whether he can't consider why or how!

Crystal Rain is the much-anticipated debut novel through one among technology fiction's most up-to-date and such a lot promising abilities.

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