Dance of Knives by Donna McMahon

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"A technologically aware and emotionally wrenching twist on the old tale of Beauty and the Beast." -Gerald Jonas NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWS

22nd century Vancouver is a vibrant seaport city struggling to survive climate change and permanently divided between its prospering Guild citizens and the starving descendents of American refugees who flooded in during the global Collapse.

Klale Renhardt, fish boat captain, fled the confines of her north coast Guild town only to learn how bitterly difficult survival is on the ungoverned island of "Downtown" where beggars line the streets and every type of trade is controlled by tongs and gangs.

A bartender at the notorious KlonDyke nightclub gives Klale a job and Klale thinks she's found a friend--until she hears that Toni may once have been a torturer for the tongs. And what is Toni's connection to Blade, the giant, bio-altered slave of Downtown's most feared blackmailer?

When Klale's naive meddling attracts a vengeful enemy, Blade may be the only one able to save her. But Blade doesn't know that he is human....

"I always enjoy discovering a new writer who gets everything right the first time out. ... This is a wonderful debut." - Charles de Lint

"McMahon skilfully depicts the struggles of class, race, sexuality, and culture in her future Vancouver..." - Nalo Hopkinson

About Donna McMahon

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Donna McMahon is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, where she currently works for the biotech firm QLT PhotoTherapeutics. In her 25 years in science fiction in the Pacific Northwest, McMahon has been a fan, a convention organizer, and a book reviewer for Tomorrow SF. She has written for the Vancouver Sun. McMahon holds a degree in history, and worked for nine years in public relations. Dance of Knives is her first novel.
Published April 15, 2010 by Drowned City Press. 428 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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§ Washington Post Book World July 1, 2001Michael Dirda, prompted by a dismissal of last week's review of Neil Gaiman's new book, defends fantasy —.

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