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The Sunless Countries: Book Four of Virga by Karl Schroeder
Review by Ernest Lilley
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765320766
Date: 04 August 2009 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

In the fourth book in Karl Schroeder's imaginative Virga series, our main character is Leal Maspeth, a history tutor hoping to make full professor...but swimming uphill against a repressive theocracy in the floating city of Pacquaea, which seeks to create a consensual history out of whatever they choose to believe rather than the inconvenient truths of the past. But as ships and whole floating cities begin to go missing, it's exactly the sort of heretical truth that Leah has spent her life pursing that will be needed to understand the conflict that Pacquaea finds itself at the center of.

From official release/information:

Product Description: In an ocean of weightless air where sunlight has never been seen, only the running lights of the city of Pacquaea glitter in the dark. One woman, Leal Hieronyma Maspeth, history tutor and dreamer, lives and dreams of love among the gaslit streets and cafés. And somewhere in the abyss of wind and twisted cloud through which Pacquaea eternally falls, a great voice has begun speaking.

As its cold words reach even to the city walls—and as outlying towns and travelers' ships start to mysteriously disappear—only Leal has the courage to try to understand the message thundering from the distance. Even the city's most famous and exotic visitor, the sun lighter and hero named Hayden Griffin, refuses to turn aside from his commission to build a new sun for a foreign nation. He will not become the hero that Leal knows the city needs; so in the end, it is up to her to listen, and ultimately reply, to the worldwasp.

(Source: Tor Books)

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