Diviner mage Alex Verus is in deep trouble: on the run from a death sentence passed by the Light Council on both him and Anne, his only way out is to accept Dark mage Morden’s ‘offer’ to work as his aide, and Richard Drakh’s ‘suggestion’ that ex-apprentice Alex return to work for him.
Arachne’s guidance to search for a dreamstone leads Alex and Anne, Luna and Varim to a deep shadow world, and deeper into the murky politics of the UK’s magic-wielding mage society.
A Science Fiction recommendation I picked up from somewhere, aeons ago, and finally borrowed from the library.
As much historical fiction as SciFi., it’s worth reading the introduction to appreciate all the ways in which “Sarah Canary”‘s otherworldiness is interpreted by the late 19th century west coast American society/ies she encounters – Chinese railway construction crews, asylum doctors and inmates, suffragist speaker, freak show showman, company settlement lumberjacks, native Indians, San Francisco urbanites.
And all the while we never get even a hint of Sarah Canary’s view of events.