By Iain M. Banks
Sharrow was the chief of a personality-attuned wrestle staff in a single of the sporadic little advertisement wars within the civilization dependent round the planet Golter. Now she is hunted via the Huhsz, a non secular cult which believes that she is the final hindrance earlier than the faith's apotheosis, and her purely wish of break out is to discover the final of the apocalyptically strong Lazy weapons ahead of the Huhsz locate her.
Her trip during the unique Golterian approach is a damaging and savage odyssey into her previous, and that of her relatives and of the procedure itself.
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Then he stretched out naked on the sun-warmed shingles of the flat, slightly sloping surface, his shirt rolled up for a pillow beneath his head. There, almost straight above him, was the moon. Jeremy could manage to locate a bright moon in a clear sky, though for him its image had never been more than a blur and talk of lunar phases was practically meaningless. Stars were far beyond his capability—never in his life had his nearsighted vision let him discover even the brightest, except that once or twice, on frozen winter nights, he'd seen, or thought he'd seen, a blurry version of the Dog Star's twinkling point.
Yes, I can help you. Anything! " "All the way. Hundreds of miles from here. And in that moment he understood suddenly, with a sense of vast relief, that he would get her a boat and, when she left, he was going with her. "You haven't told anyone else? " "No! " Jeremy feared to trust anyone else in the village with the knowledge of his discovery. Certainly he knew better than to trust his aunt or uncle in any matter like this. " He shook his head. " Then he added an earnest caution: "The people here hate strangers.
At the end. We did all we could. Split up, and went in different ways. " "That's enough. It will let him know ... Jerry? " And either Sal really wanted to hear her rescuer's life story or Jeremy wanted so badly to tell it to her that he convinced himself she wanted to hear it. But with her breathing the way she was and looking at him like she did, he soon broke off the unhappy tale and came back to their present problems. "Sal, I'll carry the thing for you now, whatever it is. I'll take it to one of the people you say are worthy.
Against a Dark Background by Iain M. Banks