By Iain M. Banks

ISBN-10: 1857231791

ISBN-13: 9781857231793

Sharrow used to be the chief of a personality-attuned strive against group in a single of the sporadic little advertisement wars within the civilization established round the planet Golter. Now she is hunted via the Huhsz, a non secular cult which believes that she is the final crisis earlier than the faith's apotheosis, and her in simple terms desire of get away is to discover the final of the apocalyptically robust Lazy weapons sooner than the Huhsz locate her.

Her trip in the course of the unique Golterian process is a harmful and savage odyssey into her earlier, and that of her kin and of the process itself.

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I don’t want us to get into a protracted firefight. If that’s what they want then let them initiate it by retreating to a defensive position. ” Off to their left, Birachii’s group continued to exchange heavy fire with the enemy. That presented possibilities as well as dangers. He relented enough to allow Tourmast to reconnoiter. His friend returned moments later. “I can see the fire off to the west. ” Ranji considered. ” He eyed his companions. As usual, they were waiting for him to make the decisions.

Not his present family, Ranji reminded himself darkly. The one that had been brutally extinguished by the monsters. They would win tomorrow. All he had to do was picture the Kizzmatis as monsters. ” His father gestured with his glass. “Beware overconfidence, Ranji. Never chance overconfidence. Not because it might cost you tomorrow, but because it will certainly cost you in combat. I don’t care if you win tomorrow or not. Just reaching the finals is a supreme achievement. Where I don’t want you to lose is on the real battlefield.

It didn’t matter to the Ciilpaans. They were prepared for anything. Such tactical flexibility had been a major contributor to their string of successes. It took them most of the day to cross the desert partition, advancing with a proven mix of care and speed. Evening produced the first of several surprises. Gleaming walls narrowed to form an intersection. Whiteness glimmered beyond. Not the white of gypsum sand but of ice and snow. Bitter cold leaked through the portal. Ranji’s people were forced to make hasty readjustments to their equipment.

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