by Elizabeth Bear
Cover Artist: Cliff Nielsen
Review by Carolyn Frank
Spectra Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 9780553589054
Date: 31 July 2007 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Greene's World is is a watery place out on the Rim of Earth dominated space. The dominant natives, the ranids, a frog like amphibian species, are well-suited to live in a place comprised mainly of marshes and open seas. Colonizing humans arrived a generation ago to use the natives to mine for precious substances, and the humans cope by building barges and boats, which they hook together to form cities. But beneath the waters, beneath the ongoing life and commerce of both species, an Undertow is beginning to form, a revolution to enable the ranids to take back their planet before the colonizers do irreversible damage. From official release/information:
From back of book: Andr&eacte; Deschênes is a hired assassin, but he wants to be so much more. If only he can find a teacher who will forgive his murderous past--and train him to manipulate odds and control probability. It's called the art of conjuring, and it's André's only route to freedom. For the world he lives on is run by the ruthless Charter Trade Company, and his floating city, Novo Haven, is little more than a company town where humans and aliens alike either work for one tyrannical family--or are destroyed by it. But beneath Novo Haven's murky waters, within its tangled bayous, reedy banks, and back alleys, revolution is stirring. And one more death may be all it takes to shift the balance...