The ninth Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction.
It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters.
Lededje Y’breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to put things right she will need the help of the Culture.
It begins in the realm of the Real. It begins with a murder.
And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself.
Praise for the Culture series:
‘Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution’ Independent on Sunday
‘Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future’ Guardian
‘Jam-packed with extraordinary invention’ Scotsman
‘Compulsive reading’ Sunday Telegraph
The Culture series: Consider Phlebas
The Player of Games
Use of Weapons
The State of the Art
Look to Windward
The Hydrogen Sonata
Other books by Iain M. Banks: Against a Dark Background