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Worldsoul
     

Worldsoul

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by Liz Williams
 
  • What if being a librarian was the most dangerous job in the world?
    Worldsoul, a great city that forms a nexus point between Earth and the many dimensions known as the Liminality, is a place where old stories gather, where forgotten legends come to fade and die — or to flourish and rise again.
    Until recently, Worldsoul has been governed by the Skein

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  • What if being a librarian was the most dangerous job in the world?
    Worldsoul, a great city that forms a nexus point between Earth and the many dimensions known as the Liminality, is a place where old stories gather, where forgotten legends come to fade and die — or to flourish and rise again.
    Until recently, Worldsoul has been governed by the Skein, but they have gone missing and no one knows why. The city is also being attacked with lethal flower-bombs from an unknown enemy. Mercy Fane and her fellow Librarians are doing their best to maintain the Library, but...things...keep breaking out of ancient texts and legends are escaping into the city. Mercy must pursue one such dangerous creature. She turns to Shadow, an alchemist, for aid, but
    Shadow — inadvertently possessed by an ifrit — has a perilous quest of her own to undertake.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Williams (Banner of Souls) explores the great nexus city of Worldsoul and its wondrous Library, which acts as a gateway to numerous worlds of the Liminality, in this disjointed series opener. Librarian Mercy Fane links up with the mysterious alchemist Shadow, who inhabits a Persian-based world and has been accidentally possessed by an ifrit. The two are soon at odds with Jonathan Deed, the Abbot General of the Court, who has his own possession issues with the Norse god Loki. Short chapters and multiple settings and viewpoints make the early parts of the novel choppy, not allowing the narrative the time to really get moving. The Liminality and the recent disappearance of the Skein who once monitored the worlds offer tremendous options for stories, and with two sequels in the works, Williams certainly has the opportunity. This first book, however, hints at the possibilities rather than taking full advantage of them. Agent: Shawna McCarthy, the McCarthy Agency. (June)
Library Journal
The great city of Worldsoul stands at a crossroads among realities and serves as a gathering place for stories and works of literature lost to the ravages of time and history. When the Skein, formerly responsible for governing the city, disappear, librarian Mercy Fane tries to track down a renegade demon that manifested in the library. Her quest brings her into contact with an alchemist, who is possessed by an ifrit. Williams (The Ghost Sister; Empire of Bones; "Inspector Chen" series) launches a new series set in a universe of multiple dimensions where stories and books have a life of their own and librarians are caretakers of literature in more ways than one. VERDICT Stunning descriptions and appealing, distinctive characters will attract fans of literature and myth to this fantasy adventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607012955
Publisher:
Prime Books
Publication date:
06/06/2012
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,163,958
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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