Above the Snowline
by Steph Swainston
Gollancz Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780575081581
Date: 25 February 2010 List Price £18.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
The hugely talented British writer Steph Swainston offers up a fourth instalment of her inventive, innovative and powerfully written fantasy sequence that began with The Year of Our War. Above the Snowline is essentially a prequel to the events of the previous Castle novels (the second of which No Present Like Time I reviewed a few years ago). I think Swainston is one of the few writers who truly lives up to the hype. If you've not yet discovered her writing, you're way out of touch! A Gollancz mass market paperback.
Steph Swainston's official web site is here.
"This is Jant Shira's life before the drugs took over, as a hunter in the mountains. Awian exiles are building a stronghold in the Darkling mountains, where the Rhydanne hunt. Their clash of interests soon leads to bloodshed and Shira Dellin, a Rhydanne huntress, appeals to the immortal Circle for justice. The Emperor sends Jant, half-Rhydanne, half-Awian, and all-confidence, to mediate. As Jant is drawn into the spiralling violence he is shaken into coming to terms with his own heritage and his feelings for the alien, intoxicating Dellin. ABOVE THE SNOWLINE tells the story of Jant's early years in the Circle and shows the Fourlands as you've never seen them before. "