An "engaging and awe-inspiring"(SF Signal) space opera from the critically-acclaimed author of the Revelation Space series. Six million years ago, at the dawn of the star-faring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones, which she called shatterlings. She sent them out into the galaxy to observe and document the rise and fall of countless human empires. Since then, every two hundred thousand years, they gather to exchange news and memories of their travels. Only there is no Gathering. Someone is eliminating the Gentian line. And now Campion and Purslane -- two shatterlings who have fallen in love and shared forbidden experiences -- must determine exactly who, or what, their enemy is, before they are wiped out of existence . . .
About the Author
Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St. Andrews Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. He stopped working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency to become a full-time writer. Revelation Space and Pushing Ice were shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award; Revelation Space, Absolution Gap, Diamond Dogs, and Century Rain were shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award, and Chasm City won the British Science Fiction Award.
"Entertaining...This is warm hearted science fiction with big ideas."—Interzone on House of Suns
"A thrilling, mind- boggling adventure."—The Times (UK) on House of Suns
"Reynolds's approach seems new, exciting, vibrant."—SFX on House of Suns
"There's enough here that is big, brash and bold to keep any space opera fan well satisfied."—SF Site on House of Suns
"Reynolds's brand of space opera continues to be engaging and awe-inspiring...big-scale ideas; packed with sense of wonder; great world building; backed up by believable science."—SF Signal on House of Suns