by Liz Williams
Review by Rafe Conn
Tor Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 1405041250
Date: 17 February, 2006 List Price £10.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
From official release/information:
Darkland is the latest novel the brilliant British author Liz Williams, who also wrote The Poison Master and Nine Layers of Sky. Darkland is described as a "Gothic SF feast" and is a trade paperback release.
"In the far-distant future Vali Hallsdotir, assassin of an organisation known as the Skald, is sent on a mission to the world of Nhem. Her assignment is to eliminate the destructive patriarchal regime of the Heirolath. But shortly after her arrival, Vali finds herself betrayed by her mission partner, who is not the man he seems. Frey, once Vali's lover, has undergone a genetic transformation to disguise himself and has his own agenda for travelling to Nhem. After Vali's escape from the clutches of the Heirolath's militia, she goes in search of Frey in order to discover the reasons for his betrayal. Her journey takes Vali to Darkland, where sinister forces known as the vitki wreak havoc..."