By Steph Swainston
Steph Swainston returns to the superb, dizzying global of the Fourlands with the audacious sequel to her acclaimed novels The 12 months of Our struggle and No current Like Time. Jant Comet, the messenger, has survived lethal bugs, internecine politics, or even his personal debilitating, life-threatening habit. yet now he faces a problem more than any he has met within the final a number of centuries, person who might shake the principles of the Fourlands ceaselessly. For the Emperor himself is using to front, and not anything is because it turns out . . .
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I kept half an ear on Frost’s speech but I had heard it all before and my attention began to drift. I speak every one of the Fourlands’ six current and seven dead languages but I will never be fluent in Frost’s engineering jargon.
I was there, and can never forget, but even for those who were not, the date is charged with meaning. We were forced to retreat in this part of the valley. Here and only here, for the first time since the foundations of Lowespass Fortress were laid in the year ten-oh-nine, the Insects extended their Wall on the south side of Oriole River. It is our vulnerable spot. For exactly a century the Castle has been striving to push the Wall back and reclaim our land. ’ I waited until the journalists’ polite laughter had subsided and then I opened my wing towards Frost.
I’m used to keeping them in check. ’ I waved my hand in the air and Frost stared at it. I dug it into my pocket. ‘I’ll find a quick flight refreshing. The dam breaks up the air in interesting ways. ’ ‘Oh, yes! It really is the most efficient structure! ’ Keen enthusiasm lit her face. She had been boring people on the subject of river engineering for three hundred and fifty years and this was her greatest project. ‘It makes Micawater Bridge look like an apprentice piece! Every engineer said I was being over-ambitious, but the figures were sound.