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Review: Nine Layers of Sky

Nine Layers of Sky
Title: Nine Layers of Sky
Author: Liz Williams
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Bantam Spectra
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 427
Keywords: fantasy
Reading period: 29 May–1 June, 2008

Ilya Muromyets, a figure of Russian legend for 800 years, still lives, albeit mostly in a haze of narcotic self-pity. He is recruited to track down a mysterious artifact found by a former cos­mol­o­gist, Elena Irinonova, in Kazahkstan. Others also seek the artifact, which can open a gate to a parallel world where humans and other races live.

That world, Byelovodye, quite literally is the sum of human dreams and fears, and the dis­il­lu­sion­ment in the post-Soviet republics is desta­bi­liz­ing it.

A very unusual, well-written take on the fantasy quest.

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