In the third of the Castle novels, Steph Swainston takes the reader ever deeper into a world of beauty and terror. . .
The endless war for survival against the merciless Insects has reached yet another stalemate for the Circle, the immortals who serve the Emperor of the Fourlands. The building of a massive dam has driven the Insects back, but it's only a matter of time before they find another way to advance.
Jant, the Emperor's winged Messenger, is called away from battle to find the daughter of fellow immortal, Lightning. Cyan has gone missing in the city of Hacilith, and Lightning wants him to bring her back. But Jant knows better than anyone just how much trouble a teenager can get into in Hacilith's underworld . . .
So begins a hectic quest. A quest that will take Jant back to his past, back to the bizarre world of the Shift and, eventually, back to the Fourlands. Just as it faces a terrifying new threat.
About the Author
Steph Swainston is a qualified archaeologist with a degree from Cambridge and a research degree. She worked as archaeologist for six years, working on the dig that researched the oldest recorded burial site in the UK, before working as an information scientist. Her Castle novels have been highly praised by authors and critics alike. She lives in Wokingham.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A worthy third entry in the series, and an improvement on the slight misstep that was the second book. This is heady stuff, fantasy with real verve and creativity. Swainston also leaves things open-ended with the possibility of more books to come. I for one, can't wait to see where she goes with it all.
Still sparky and well written and up until the last third well plotted, this book dissappointed me enormously by somehow failing to deliver in that last section. I don't know exactly what was wrong but something was! Except for that I enjoyed it.