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Radiant : Towers Trilogy, Book One
by Karina Sumner-smith


Overview - Xhea has no magic. Born without the power that everyone else takes for granted, Xhea is an outcast--no way to earn a living, buy food, or change the life that fate has dealt her. Yet she has a unique talent: the ability to see ghosts and the tethers that bind them to the living world, which she uses to scratch out a bare existence in the ruins beneath the City's floating Towers.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Xhea has no magic. Born without the power that everyone else takes for granted, Xhea is an outcast--no way to earn a living, buy food, or change the life that fate has dealt her. Yet she has a unique talent: the ability to see ghosts and the tethers that bind them to the living world, which she uses to scratch out a bare existence in the ruins beneath the City's floating Towers.

When a rich City man comes to her with a young woman's ghost tethered to his chest, Xhea has no idea that this ghost will change everything. The ghost, Shai, is a Radiant, a rare person who generates so much power that the Towers use it to fuel their magic, heedless of the pain such use causes. Shai's home Tower is desperate to get the ghost back and force her into a body--any body--so that it can regain its position, while the Tower's rivals seek the ghost to use her magic for their own ends. Caught between a multitude of enemies and desperate to save Shai, Xhea thinks herself powerless--until a strange magic wakes within her. Magic dark and slow, like rising smoke, like seeping oil. A magic whose very touch brings death.

With two extremely strong female protagonists, Radiant is a story of fighting for what you believe in and finding strength that you never thought you had.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781940456102
  • ISBN-10: 194045610X
  • Publisher: Talos
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Page Count: 386
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Fantasy - Paranormal
Books > Fiction > Dystopian
Books > Fiction > Science Fiction - Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-07-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Inequality, economics, and postapocalyptic necromancy combine persuasively in Sumner-Smith’s ingenious, insightful debut. Born without the “bright magic” commonly used as currency and power, 15-year-old Xhea is a nonperson in a sharply divided society of floating Towers and earthbound ruins, forced to scrounge a living from her unusual ability to see and manipulate ghosts. Shai Nalani is the living ghost of a “Radiant,” one of the wellsprings of raw bright magic who serve as “part mint, part power plant” to the constantly competing Towers. After Xhea takes possession of Shai’s ghost, fast-paced intrigue between Towers follows, as does the awakening of Xhea’s own “dark magic” with its complex power over death and the tantalizing promise of sweeping social change. With a clean, evocative style (“Outside, the world was the grey of fishing weights and galvanized nails”), a clever transposition of corporate warfare into a feudal future, and a strong, complementary pair of protagonists, Sumner-Smith’s Towers Trilogy is off to a captivating start. Agent: Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary Agency. (Sept.)

 
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