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Genre fans who enjoy spirituality-powered novels that delve into religious and mythic belief systems (Kim Stanley Robinson's The Years of Rice and Salt, Hal Duncan's Vellum, et al.) should prepare to be blown away: Sean Williams's The Crooked Letter -- winner of Australia's Aurealis and Ditmar Awards for Best Fantasy Novel -- is finally available in the States!
Hadrian and Seth Castillo are mirror twins (perfect reflections of each other) who have taken some time off to travel through Europe and "find themselves" -- but what the teenage brothers discover instead is Armageddon. An emotional clash involving an attractive female traveling companion leads the twins to a confrontation with a mysterious Swedish man, during which Seth is stabbed and killed. The murder, as it turns out, is just the opening move in an intricate chess match between gods, with dominion over entire worlds is at stake. Seth's essence travels to the Second Realm, a hollow spiritual plane inhabited by horrifying monstrosities bent on consuming his soul. Hadrian, meanwhile, remains in the First Realm and witnesses the beginning of a nightmarish cataclysm. The link between the twins is drawing the two realms closer and closer together, but how can two mortal pawns possibly defy a hierarchy of divine kings and queens?
The first installment of a projected four-volume saga entitled Books of the Cataclysm, The Crooked Letter is equal parts arcane fantasy, postapocalyptic thriller, and Lovecraftian horror. Ever wonder what happens to people after they die? Williams's exploration into the various realms of the afterlife is as engaging as it is disturbing -- a page-turner of the highest order. Paul Goat Allen