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By David Wingrove

The yr is 2196. the nice Empire of Ice, Chung Kuo, has eventually been shaken after greater than a century of peace enforced by way of brutal tyranny. The Minister of the Edict—an respectable accountable for licensing all expertise that can result in Change—has been assassinated. The seven ruling T’ang fight to keep up Stasis, at the same time their mile-high, continent-spanning towns descend into chaos. Amid the chaos, the rebels liable for the assassination grab the chance to impact switch. however the assassination used to be orchestrated through these a long way toward the ruling energy, and this betrayal—the first of many—will lead all of them into the world-shattering warfare of 2 Directions.

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