Villjamur is a city bursting at its seams. Facing an ice age that threatens to last for years and years, people from islands far and wide within this archipelago empire seek shelter in this fortified metropolis. When the emperor unexpectedly dies, his daughter Rika takes hold of the reins, but there are many who will vie for power, ready to use force or betrayal if necessary. Rumors of walking dead and a politically charged murder are only few of the things facing this city and its inhabitants. Mark Charan Newton, in his Tor debut, clearly positions himself in the company of other "new weird" British fantasists such as China Mieville.
Genre: Science Fiction + Fantasy, Fiction + Literature Themes