By Sheri S. Tepper
While an asteroid crashed into the Earth 1000s of years in the past within the twenty-first century, a lot of what was once thought of civilization used to be obliterated. All that continues to be of that point are paltry fragmented stories of technology and lifestyles coloured by means of fable and superstition. The "magic" that after was once the USA died horribly, in addition to lots of the planet's population. yet a wasted international is coming again alive -- regardless of the tyranny and vicious punishments that the repressive ruling order inflicts day-by-day on a vastly decreased populace.
Dismé Latimer's whole relations was once misplaced without end, even though now not due to international cataclysm. quite, even more contemporary and mysterious situations made Dismé an orphan, leaving the mild, younger girl on the mercy of a merciless stepmother, an abusive stepsister...and a book.
A sacred, unsettling tome written via an ancestor -- the brave scientist Nell Latimer, who left a husband and kin at the back of in her try and salvage whatever of the post-castastrophe global -- Dismé's booklet comprises anxious principles and revelations which are compelling a shy adolescence to take daring and hazardous motion. yet universal "wisdom" and lore warn of malevolent entities out on this planet, and suggest would-be adventurers to stick the place they're. but different myths recommend that the selfless band of planet-repairing scientists -- together with Dismé's courageous forebear -- have by some means, miraculously, survived to this present day. And Dismé Latimer will discover the reality and reclaim a misplaced international, no matter what and anywhere it could be.
Destiny, it sort of feels, has selected a such a lot inconceivable defender to guide an imperiled planet out of the darkness. possibly someplace past every thing Dismé has ever identified is her precise identification -- and, optimistically, others equally vulnerable who will struggle along her for the typical reliable. yet there's evil additionally, a malevolence past imagining.
And far-off, within the depths of the Earth, a gargantuan beast has roused itself after centuries of shut eye. And it has all started to stir...