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In the far-distant future, a flooded and shattered Earth is governed by the iron hand of the Martian Matriarchy. Martian warrior Dreams-of-War is despatched to Earth to guard a young girl called Lunae from an unknown threat.
The clone of an extraordinary heritage, Lunae ages with unnatural speed, and has the talent of being able to alter time.
Well, now this is really something. After reading another of Liz's books, Darkland I admit to being impressed with her ability to take a totally ficticious technology and wrap enough pseudo-science around it to make it quite plausible. It's a rare gift.
Though I must admit the degree Liz took nanotechnology, and combined it with super-scientific necroscopy, was a bit creepy and more than a little disturbing, but it did raise some interesting ideas for the colonisation of other planets. If we had the ability to create nanomachines that could *build* humans after a successful landing on another planet, we could build a fleet of smaller, more energy-efficient spacecraft, and since nanotech of this calibre wouldn't worry about taking a century to reach anywhere, we could still colonise any extra-solar planets with even the most minor degree of habitability.
Overall, though I found some of the story to be more than a little disturbing in places, I think it actually added to the whole feel of the book... dark, creepy, full of ghosts in various forms... so if you are looking for something with a bit of a bite, then you might like to consider this title... with all the power to thrill, this makes for some great wet-weather reading. Can't wait to see what else Liz puts out in the future, because if she can maintain this level of story, she has one, assured.
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