Waking Beauty

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HarperPrism, 1997 - Fiction - 419 pages
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The road to revenge is a long one. For the Galingales, it reaches far into the past, to the bitter day the Intricatas robbed them of their place at the Court of the Serpent Crown. And far into the future, when they will at last reenter the crystal city, Quoz, in triumph. The journey itself has its pleasures: Cyrus Galingale is about to wed a rare beauty, Rose, who will conceive a son whose destiny will span all the Stations of the Wheel from glittering Quoz to dismal Arpagee. And the journey has its danger: for Cy, like all men, is tempted by the forbidden scents of the Maw, luring him nightly from the Hierarchate to the dark forest of Herwood. Fortunately the wedding that will avenge his family will also keep him safely bound, and therefore free. But unknown to Cy, Quoz is not to be his only destiny, nor Rose his only love. For he was once secretly betrothed to another, a girl thought lost to the indescribable ecstasies of the Maw, a green-eyed beauty called Rumer...

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User Review  - Gary10 - LibraryThing

Highly imaginative science fiction account of a world stratified by beings with very different powers and skills and detailed, individualized histories. The book covers a huge struggle for control of this exotic landscape. Despite the obvious imagination I grew weary of the details. Read full review


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About the author (1997)

The author of Waking Beauty, Paul Witcover has also written a biography of Zora Neale Hurston and numerous short stories. He is the co-creator, with Elizabeth Hand, of the cult comic book series Anima and has served as the curator of the New York Review of Science Fiction reading series. His work has also appeared on HBO. He lives and writes in New York City.

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