Viscera

Viscera

Book - 2016
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"A woman with strange abilities travels across a bizarre war-torn land in an inventive and gruesomely comic fantasy tale. The Endless War is so ancient a conflict that most of those fighting in it cannot point to its origins. The war has devastated the lands surrounding the city of Eth, turning both the city and its surroundings, including those who inhabit it, into one boiling cauldron of violence. In catacombs underneath the city, the calcified organs of long-dead gods radiate eldritch power, and the land is ruled by and fought over by those looking to hardness the complexities of dark magick. Among these desperate struggles, one woman stands apart: Ashlan Ley, who's survived much longer than most through the war and is connected to Eth in unanticipated ways. Self-exiled and stewing through old memories and regretted choices, a unexpected meeting breathes new hope into her long-simmering quest for control of the city. Through ruined temples and cursed battlefields, with freaks and junkies as her only allies, Ashlan knows the only way to fight is with everything she's got - guts and all."--
Publisher: New York : Talos Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9781940456683
Branch Call Number: SQUAI
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 21 cm

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nerowolfgal
Apr 01, 2017

Weird, weird, weird book, but ultimately satisfying. Every chapter goes whizzing off in a new unexpected direction but in the end the story is about very human motivations, characters, and oddly enough, love and forgiveness.

In one of the last chapters a character says, over a corpse of a very evil person:
"My family taught me, too, to begin every burial with these words, which my mother said were true of everyone who lives long enough to walk and talk--from the most honorable person lying here, down to the very worst. How they tried. How long, how hard they tried"

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