Surrounded by a vast, poisonous desert, Echo City is built upon the
graveyard of its own past. Most inhabitants believe that their city and
its subterranean Echoes are the whole of the world, but there are a few
dissenters. Peer Nadawa is a political exile, forced to live with
criminals in a ruinous slum. Gorham, once her lover, leads a ragtag band
of rebels against the ruling theocracy. Nophel, a servant of that
theocracy, dreams of revenge from his perch atop the city’s tallest
spire. And beneath the city, a woman called Nadielle conducts macabre
experiments in genetic manipulation using a science indistinguishable
from sorcery. They believe there is something more beyond the endless
desert... but what?
It is only when a stranger arrives from out of the wastes that things begin to change. Frail and amnesiac, he holds the key to a new beginning for Echo City — or perhaps to its end, for he is not the only new arrival. From the depths beneath Echo City, something ancient and deadly is rising. Now Peer, Gorham, Nophel, and Nadielle must test the limits of love and loyalty, courage and compassion, as they struggle to save a city collapsing under the weight of its own history.
Tim Lebbon (born 1969) is a horror and dark fantasy writer, and a judge at the 2005 World Fantasy Convention.
Tim Lebbon was born in London. His short story "Reconstructing Amy" won the Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction in 2001 and his novel Dusk won the 2007 August Derleth Award from the British Fantasy Society for best novel of the year. His novelisation of the movie 30 Days of Night became a New York Times bestseller and won a Scribe Award in 2008. Tim lived in Devon until he was eight and then in Newport until the age of 26. He now lives in Goytre, Monmouthshire with his wife and two children.