The Etched City

The Etched City

by K.J. Bishop
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The Etched City by K.J. Bishop

Gwynn and Raule are rebels on the run, with little in common except being on the losing side of a hard-fought war. Gwynn is a gunslinger from the north, a loner, a survivor . . . a killer. Raule is a wandering surgeon, a healer who still believes in just—and lost—causes. Bound by a desire to escape the ghosts of the past, together they flee to the teeming city of Ashamoil, where Raule plies her trade among the desperate and destitute, and Gwynn becomes bodyguard and assassin for the household of a corrupt magnate. There, in the saving and taking of lives, they find themselves immersed in a world where art infects life, dream and waking fuse, and splendid and frightening miracles begin to bloom . . .

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ISBN-13: 9780553382914
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/23/2004
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

K.J. Bishop was born in Melbourne, Australia. Her short stories have been published in Aurealis, Fables and Reflections, Borderlands, Album Zutique #1, Leviathan 4, The Alsiso Project, The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases, and the Serbian magazines Polaris and Znack Sagite. The Etched City is her first novel.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If Joe Abercrombie and Gabriel Garcia Marquez had a love child, and raised it on a diet of William Hope Hodgson and C.S. Lewis, this would be the result. Read this book. Then read it again
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In Copper Country healer Raule and her superior Gwynn the mercenary fought for the losers in a devastating war that has ravaged the countryside. Now the twosome flees as the Army of Heroes hunt down the enemy like chasing deer. They manage to make it to the city Ashamoil, a place where weird happenings occur....................... Raule accepts work as a kind of physician at Ashamoil Hospital where the strange is everyday while Gwynn becomes bodyguard and assassin to the magnate. While she tries to save lives, he tries to take lives. However, both must come to grips with the oddities of a girl giving birth to a baby-headed crocodile, an artist turned into a sphinx, and even weirder phenomena as the line between reality and magic blurs. Whether these events prove miraculous or the end of times does not seem to matter to those trying to survive unless the miracle turns personal and keeps a healing idealist and a gun slinging pragmatist alive................................ Thos entertaining very complex dark fantasy will keep readers alert with several intriguing sidebars within the prime plot that fans will wonder how the meandering sub-branches like maculate horn vines flow back to the main theme. K.J. Bishop succeeds in doing just that so fans obtain a multifaceted tale starring two fabulous opposites struggling in what seems like a world gone mad. The keys to keeping the exciting story line from being overwhelmed by the strong subplots are Raule and Gwynn, the healer and the killer, providing opposite sides of the same coin. Deep and gloomy, THE ETCHED CITY is a terrific tale of a world that feels real even with strange events that shake the heroine and antihero to the core................... Harriet Klausner