By Alan Campbell
During this lovely follow-up to his epic fable debut, Alan Campbell propels readers right into a fascinating urban combating for its personal survival—and that of humankind—in an international of deities and demons, fallen angels and killers.After a damaging conflict, the traditional swaying urban of Deepgate has been overtaken. many of the chains that droop it have given method, poisonous fumes are emanating from blazing buildings, and the temple as soon as inhabited via the ruling Presbyter now dangles the other way up above the once-uncharted abyss. The successful backbone have initiated martial legislation and are ruthlessly pursuing all who try and depart. Amid the turmoil, captives are again. Arriving via send are the younger angel Dill, now toughened by means of struggle, and traitor murderer Rachel Hael. Incarcerated within the slowly crumbling temple, the 2 look ahead to their destiny, whereas from the abyss underneath them ghosts rise—for the loss of life of the god Ulcis has left open the gates to Hell.But on orders from his divine brethren, Cospinol, the god of brine and fog, is touring the area to Deepgate to seal this breach. His nice skyship is being dragged during the air via the enormous John Anchor, a monster of a guy enslaved to drag the god’s vessel, relocating slowly, unavoidably, towards the city.As the town waits, teetering at the verge of collapse, myriad plans for vengeance are set in movement, from the continent of Pandemeria to Heaven itself. between them is a ghostly archon despatched to convey a message to the gods on earth—using Dill as his vessel. Thrust from his physique, Dill’s personal soul returns to Hell. whilst Dill and Rachel are attacked by means of backbone assassins, Rachel has no selection yet to aim to flee with the creature that calls itself Dill…and to by some means be able to revive her friend’s soul ahead of it’s too past due. For strong forces are stirring, and within the coming conflict among gods, it's the global of guys that's at stake.
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Fumes tumbled under her gondola, curling around the feet of the hanging corpses and reaching across the empty decks, cables, and rails—lingering, it seemed, at the locked portholes and hatches. The ship’s engines growled with a sudden surge of power. Elevators slammed back into dive position. Birds scattered, screaming, from the gruesome ballast. Reclamation Ship Twelve shuddered, purged air from her buoyancy ribs, and then sank into the boiling clouds. Darkness engulfed the warship. Buffeted by turbulence, she rolled and pitched in upwards-rushing eddies of smoke.
Nobody in the crowd uttered a word. The thing on the stage had finished its transformation. The hideous knot of muscle and bone had disappeared. In its place stood an ordinary wooden chair. Greene scraped it forward and then sat down in it. ” she said. “Chairs, I mean, not demons. ” She produced a knife hidden under the folds of her gaudy dress, then stabbed it into the wooden seat between her thighs. Blood dribbled from the damaged seat and spattered against the stage underneath it, accompanied by an eerie sound, like the distant echo of a scream.
And then she was forced to drop him and lean out of the window to take a breath. A whiff of poison gas reached her nostrils, and she gagged; she didn’t recognize the toxin. Something new? From the effect that one tiny sniff had on her senses, it was more virulent than anything she’d experienced before. Sandport harbor swam before her eyes, a swarm of lights upon the dark river. She saw boat masts brawling, buildings melting into one another, the last blush of sunset. She heard the distant hum of an airship at high altitude.
Iron Angel (The Deepgate Codex) by Alan Campbell