Rats and Gargoyles

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It is a nameless city somewhere between past and future, a mythic realm at the "heart of the world," where wicked Rat Lords have reduced all humankind to slaves, and god-daemons make the decision to end all existence. This energizes a compelling quest for survival, and prompts the powerful White Crow to order an uprising against this chaotic strike that threatens them all. Among those who respond to her are the defiant Prince Lucas of Candover, a student at the University of Crime, and no mans's slave; and Zari, ...
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E Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A. 1992 S Mass Market Paperback Book New New and unread, square and solid, spine perfect, how can you beat it? You'll feel as though you were ... twelve years old again and it's the first day of summer when this book arrives at your door! ! ! 1st printing, and encased in a protective mylar bag! ! ! Read more Show Less

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It is a nameless city somewhere between past and future, a mythic realm at the "heart of the world," where wicked Rat Lords have reduced all humankind to slaves, and god-daemons make the decision to end all existence. This energizes a compelling quest for survival, and prompts the powerful White Crow to order an uprising against this chaotic strike that threatens them all. Among those who respond to her are the defiant Prince Lucas of Candover, a student at the University of Crime, and no mans's slave; and Zari, the young Katayan woman who is destined to become the living Memory of all that follows. And others rally to join them in one final desperate revolt, hoping to create a magic powerful enough to reshape the very nature of how they live. With this brilliant story, Mary Gentle has created a realm in which imagination knows no bounds. Rats and Gargoyles is her most masterful novel to date.

From the highly acclaimed author of Golden Witchbreed and Ancient Light, an enthralling tale of an exotic and savage world of anarchy, tyranny, of magic and forbidding religion. In the heart of a nameless city, miracles are commonplace and God is just around every corner. But now there is silence from the Divine.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Moving away from her earlier depictions of a future society, Gentle ( Golden Witchbreed ) has created a dark, vivid and complex alternative medieval world, a fantasy where highly intelligent rats rule subservient men under the direction of gods incarnate, the Thirty-Six, monumental Decans whose gargoyle acolytes terrorize the populace and maintain the holy rule. Into the menacing city, with its teeming masses and its Thirty-Six temples of the Fane, comes Lucas, prince of Candover, to study at the the University of Crime. He and a classmate, the tailed Katayan Zar-bettu-zekigal, training to be a King's Memory, stumble into a plot to destroy this world and its balance of power. While men stir up revolt against the Rat-Kings, Plessiez, a Rat priest, schemes to sow true death through plague and necromancy to unsettle the Decans and decimate the serfs. Other forces--other gods and an Invisible College--enter the fray. Gentle paints her mystical and occult world in the nightmare images of Hieronymus Bosch, drawing deeply on Rosicrucian and Hermetic lore, while at the same time creating idiosyncratic and believable characters. (Apr.)
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While the god-demons, incarnated in living stone, rule a nameless, gargantuan city through their Rat Lord agents, a few unusual humans struggle to free themselves from servitude and rediscover the lost arts of a long forbidden magic. Machiavellian politics, Rosicrucian and Masonic secrets, and Renaissance atmosphere combine in this lavish metaphysical fantasy by the author of Golden Witchbreed ( LJ 6/15/84). Gentle's feel for language and character provide both immediacy and a sense of timelessness to a complex and evocative tale. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451451736
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/6/1992
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Gentle (1956 - )
Mary Gentle is one of the world's most acclaimed writers of fantasy and science fiction. Winner of the BSFA Award for Ash: A Secret History - the largest single fantasy work in the English language - and twice nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, she has a number of academic degrees, including an MA in War Studies, and has hands-on experience of sword-fighting and armour, amongst many other useful talents. Mary Gentle lives in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
For more information see www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/gentle_mary
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