By Liz Williams
In such novels because the Poison grasp and Empire of Bones, Liz Williams sparked readers’ imaginations by way of growing worlds straight away unusual and popular. Now this daring new author offers a profound and provocative examine human nature in a well timed novel of a nation--and a world--torn asunder, and of a desire that refuses to die.Nine Layers of SkyA former Soviet rocket scientist, Elena Irinovna now cleans workplace buildings--until she crosses paths with Ilya Muromyets. A remnant of Russia’s wonderful and fabled earlier, Ilya is an eight-hundred-year-old hero grew to become heroin addict, dreaming of a loss of life that by no means comes. they're introduced jointly by means of an odd artifact Elena has discovered, which deals a glimpse into one other measurement, making a harmful breach in an international Elena merely proposal she knew... Ilya isn't any stranger to the unexplained. He’s been employed by way of a mysterious association to trace down the artifact. yet not anything prepares him for what it offers--or for a lady like Elena. struggling with their very own internal demons in addition to these from around the breach, Ilya and Elena embark on a harrowing journey among international locations and worlds. And for the 1st time the guy of fantasy and the girl of technology realize that they've a dream to defend--and even die for...
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You see? ” Anikova mouthed the usual cliches with a confidence that she was far from feeling. Hide was what the old man had done most successfully up until now. ” Anikova stared at him in disbelief. It was impossible that a person should be unaware of the penalties for such a crime: a spell in the Gulag at the very least. Perhaps the man was mad, or simple, or arrogant enough to think that such a thing could never happen to him. It occurred to her that any or all of those reasons could explain his involvement with the insurgents in the first place.
What had really become of Tsilibayev? Where had he disappeared to, and what had become of the thing at the heart of that strange spinning machine? Ilya could hardly believe he had followed his orders so blindly, but at that point, orders had been all that he had left. Ilya stepped back onto the train. He sank down and took the sword onto his lap, cradling it like a child. His body ached for heroin. He opened the vodka and took a long, burning swallow. When the dour woman came back into the carriage, Ilya glared at her.
Anikova did not wait to see any more. She closed the door behind her and leaned against the wall. She could not stop herself from listening, but there was nothing to hear, and that was the worst thing of all. Part Two One RUSSIAN FEDERAL REPUBLIC / KAZAKHSTAN, 21ST CENTURY Ilya Muromyets’ great black sword, concealed in a fishing-rod case, rested at his shoulder. A packet of sunflower seeds weighed down his pocket and a shot of low-grade heroin—the very last, Ilya told himself— sang through his veins.
Nine Layers of Sky by Liz Williams