Synopses & Reviews
Green is back in Copper Downs. Purchased from her father in sunny Selistan when she was four years old, she was harshly raised to be a courtesan, companion, and bedmate of the Immortal Duke of Copper Downs. But Green rebelled. Green killed the Duke, and many others, and won her freedom. Yet she is still claimed by the gods and goddesses of her world, and they still require her service. Their demands are greater than any dukes could have been.
Godslayers have come to the Stone Coast, magicians whose cult is dedicated to destroying the many gods of Greens world. In the turmoil following the Immortal Dukes murder, Green made a god out of her power and her memories. Now the gods turn to her to protect them from the Slayers.
Jay Lake brings us an epic fantasy not "in the tradition of Tolkien," but, instead, sensual, ominous, shot through with the sweat of fear and the intoxication of power.
"Assassin and ex-courtesan Green has saved a city and birthed a god (in 2009's Green). Now she wants to move on but she's hunted by enemies from her past, the city council is mired in a power struggle and can't provide much aid, and something is stalking goddesses, including the one Green serves. Lake deftly weaves complicated, stubborn characters into a plot that reaches the grandest and most personal scales without ever straining credulity. Green's basically solitary nature, expressed in extensive internal monologue, is balanced by her feelings of tenderness, responsibility, and exasperation toward her fellow humans, the catlike Pardines, and the gods. Her pragmatic acceptance of killing is likewise mitigated by her refusal to trivialize death and her emotional reactions to pregnancy's effects on her body, self-control, and expectations. This complex, lonesome, haunting novel will appeal to fans of Valente, Monette, and MiÃ©ville." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for Green:
"Lush fantasy filled with exotic locales and exquisite descriptions.… The story is nicely powered by strong mythic undertones and a fresh take on the relationship between gods and mortals."
"A fascinating, difficult character, Green lives in a remarkable world, in which gods walk the earth, and not all people are human. Lakes world-building is stellar."
"The richness of [Lake's] rendering of urban life as tapestry is genuinely irresistible."
—John Clute, Washington Post Book World
"Running with Green over the city's gilded rooftops, plunging through sewers with her to confront a skinless avatar of the God of Pain, readers will feel the exhilaration of freedom deeply prized, unceasingly sought, and hard-won."
—Seattle Times (Tiptree Award-winning author Nisi Shawl)
A courtesan-assassin who rebelled and changed the world returns to the city—and the Gods—who shaped her, in this sequel (can stand alone) to Jay Lake's extraordinary novel Green.
About the Author
JAY LAKE was a prolific writer of science fiction and fantasy, as well as an award-winning editor, a popular raconteur and toastmaster, and an excellent teacher at the many writers' workshops he attended. His novels included Tor's publications Mainspring, Escapement, and Pinion, and the trilogy of novels in his Green cycle - Green, Endurance and Kalimpura. Lake was nominated multiple times for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the World Fantasy Award. He won the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer in 2004, the year after his first professional stories were published. In 2008 Jay Lake was diagnosed with colon cancer, and in the years after he became known outside the sf genre as a powerful and brutally honest blogger about the progression of his disease. Jay Lake died on June 1, 2014.