The Prince of Morning Bells by Nancy Kress
Long out of print, this novel by one of the major voices in contemporary science fiction and fantasy will enthrall you, charm you, and make you care deeply about two of the most engaging characters you're ever likely to meet between the two covers of a book.
'A depth and freshness of observation that is uncommonly astute and poignant.'--Anne McCaffrey
'Nancy Kress has the true storyteller's Gift--the ability to make her characters and what happens to them so vital that the reader's heart aches.'--Stephen R. Donaldson