Nine Layers of Sky by Liz Williams

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A former Soviet rocket scientist, Elena Irinovna now cleans office buildings - until she crosses paths with Ilya Muromyets. A remnant of Russia's glorious and fabled past, Ilya is an eight-hundred-year-old turned heroin addict, dreaming of a death that never comes. They are brought together by a strange artefact Elena has found, which offers a glimpse into another dimension, creating a dangerous breach in a world Elena only thought she knew. Ilya is no stranger to the unexplained. He's been hired by a mysterious organization to track down the artefact. But nothing prepared him for what it offers - or for a woman like Elena. Fighting their own inner demons as well as those from across the breach, Ilya and Elena embark on a harrowing trip between nations and worlds. And for the first time the man of myth and the woman of science discover that they have a dream to defend - and even die for.

About Liz Williams

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Liz Williams is the daughter of a conjuror and a Gothic novelist, and currently lives in Brighton, England. She has a PhD in philosophy of science from Cambridge and her anti-career ranges from reading tarot cards on Brighton pier to teaching in Central Asia. She has had short fiction published in "Asimov's," "Interzone," "The Third Alternative" and "Visionary Tongue," among others, and is co-editor of the recent anthology "Fabulous Brighton." She is also the current secretary of the Milford UK SF Writers' Workshop. BANNER OF SOULS is her fifth novel, proceeded by Nine Layers of Sky, The Poison Master, Empire of Bones and The Ghost Sister, and she is currently at work on her sixth. "From the Paperback edition.
Published January 1, 2003 by Bantam Books. 448 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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