By Gary Gibson
An interesting, far-ranging area opera tracing the interlocking tales of a number of characters—human, metahuman, and alien—as the galaxy faces crisis
Eons in the past, a super-scientific tradition often called "Angels" left incomprehensible relics everywhere in the galaxy. between those phenomena have been the Stations, wherein human spacecraft may bounce immediately from one a part of the galaxy to a different, and from them the bright Angel expertise should be explored and exploited. this kind of stations orbits the planet Kaspar, the place the single different identified sentient species outdoor Earth has been meticulously allowed to proceed evolving in its personal global of primitive lack of knowledge. yet unexpectedly Kaspar's mysterious "Citadel" has develop into the important key to repelling the fast-approaching possibility. At what fee, notwithstanding, to its local inhabitants—and to the human citizens of the orbiting Angel station?
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She picked up a fluffy towel from the dresser and tried to wipe herself clean, but it was a hopeless effort that just smeared the mess around more than it got it off. As much as Red wanted to continue exploring her room, she’d become so tired it was hard to keep her eyes open. She was relieved to discover that her bed wasn’t child-sized, as she feared it might be. It was large enough that a full-grown adult could sleep in it with room to spare. She slipped off her sandals and let her tattered dress fall to the floor.
Some were jagged and sharp, while others were rounded and smooth. The colors varied from bright and shiny to scorched and burned. Despite their many differences, the one thing they all had in common was an intense aura of power radiating around them. Red then noticed that each pedestal had a unique marking carved into the base: I Alpha II Skoll & Hati III Diona IV Madonna Oriente V Ragnarok A strange humming tone rung out nearby. Red whirled, startled, toward a stone altar at the far end of the chamber.
The ordeal left her with a sinking feeling of shame for not doing anything to help. By the time dawn broke, the rain had given way to a fine mist. Red hoped to have a better chance of finding her way back home in the light of day. She had not a clue where she was, nor could she even guess a direction to begin her search. The only thing she knew for certain was that hiding inside a hollowed out tree wasn’t going to get her anywhere. Peering out of the tree, Red could see the creatures of the forest starting to emerge.