The Etched CityK. J. Bishop
World Fantasy Award nominee 2004.
Gwynn and Raule are rebels on the run, with little in common except being on the losing side of a hard-fought war. Gwynn is a gunslinger from the north, a loner, a survivor... a killer. Raule is a wandering surgeon, a healer who still believes in just – and lost – causes.
Bound by a desire to escape the ghosts of the past, together they flee to the teeming city of Ashamoil, where Raule plies her trade among the desperate and destitute, and Gwynn becomes bodyguard and assassin for the household of a corrupt magnate.
There, in the saving and taking of lives, they find themselves immersed in a world where art infects life, dream and waking fuse, and splendid and frightening miracles begin to bloom.
K. J. Bishop (born 1972) is an Australian author. Her first novel is The Etched City (2003), which has invited comparison with Stephen King's Dark Tower series and China Mieville's imaginings. The novel was nominated for a World Fantasy Award.