Waking the Moon

by Elizabeth Hand
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James Tiptree, Jr. Award winner 1995, Mythopoeic Award winner 1996, World Fantasy Award nominee 1995.

Note! The 1994 edition is a longer UK edition, but the 1995 US edition is preferred by the author.

Like all new students, Katherine Sweeney Cassidy moves with caution at Washington, DC's University fo the Archangels and St. John the Divine. it is a strange place of brooding shrines and gleaming towers, guarded by androgynous stone angels. For Sweeney, college is a time to experiment with sex, to explore new friendships; a time of freedom and discovery – until she make sthe wrong discovery.

One evening Sweeney learns what she was never supposed to know – that the university is controlled by a clandestine order, the Benendanti, which secretly manipulates every government, every country, every church, every institution in the world, and has done so since long before the Fall of Rome. Behind the secret of the Benandanti is one darker and older still – a blood cult never defeated and only barely contained, kept at bay for countless millenia by a terrified army of priests and shamans. And for thousands of years, it has worked. The patriarchy has prevailed. But now the time of the Benandanti is over. The Moon Goddess has returned. And she wants her world back.

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Release date 1994
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