The Last Page by Anthony Huso

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Dark and rich, epic in scope, in The Last Page Anthony Huso has crafted a fantasy in the vein of China Mieville's Perdido Street Station and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast, teeming with unthinkable horrors and stylish wonders.



The city of Isca is set like a dark jewel in the crown of the Duchy of Stonehold. In this sprawling landscape, the monsters one sees are nothing compared to what's living in the city's sewers.



Twenty-three-year-old Caliph Howl is Stonehold's reluctant High King. Thrust onto the throne, Caliph has inherited Stonehold's dirtiest court secrets. He also faces a brewing civil war that he is unprepared to fight. After months alone amid a swirl of gossip and political machinations, the sudden reappearance of his old lover, Sena, is a welcome bit of relief. But Sena has her own legacy to claim: she has been trained from birth by the Shradnae witchocracy--adept in espionage and the art of magical equations writ in blood--and she has been sent to spy on the High King.



Yet there are magics that demand a higher price than blood. Sena secretly plots to unlock the Cisrym Ta, an arcane text whose pages contain the power to destroy worlds. The key to opening the book lies in Caliph's veins, forcing Sena to decide if her obsession for power is greater than her love for Caliph.


Meanwhile, a fleet of airships creeps ever closer to Isca. As the final battle in a devastating civil war looms and the last page of the Cisrym Ta waits to be read, Caliph and Sena must face the deadly consequences of their decisions. And the blood of these conflicts will stain this and other worlds forever.



 

About Anthony Huso

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ANTHONY HUSO currently lives and works in Austin, Texas, with his wife and daughters. His blog can be read at anthonyhuso.com.
 
Published August 17, 2010 by Tor Books. 432 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Once belonging to Caliph's holomorph uncle Nathaniel, and sought by the witchocracy, the Cisrym Ta's secrets, perhaps powerful enough to unmake the universe, can only be unsealed with a spell using blood stolen from Caliph against his will.

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SFFWorld.com

Blood Magic, Zeppelins, a newly crowned king and a Grimoire are just a sampling of the primary elements of Anthony Huso’s debut novel The Last Page.

Dec 29 2010 | Read Full Review of The Last Page

Boomtron

The Last Page opens with one of our protagonists, reluctant king-to-be and college student par excellence Caliph Howl, out for some petty revenge for a prank he suffered over three years past.

Sep 27 2010 | Read Full Review of The Last Page

Black Gate

The play with language is wonderful, the depiction of characters using different languages and different alphabets is excellent, the use of a magic book as a major plot element suggests a metafictional touch given the title and how it relates to what Sena goes through at the end of the book, Cali...

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