Shale is dying. A vast, chaotic, monster-bearing storm known only as the Roil is expanding, consuming the land. The last humans are fighting back with ever more bizarre new machines, but the Roil seems unstoppable. Whole cities have been consumed – where once there were twelve, now only four remain.
It’s up to a decadent wastrel, a four thousand year-old man, and a young woman bent on revenge, to try to save their city – and the world.
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This isn't the most original book under the sun but the universe has plenty of touches that make it compelling. It's not a complex story but it's well told. It hasn't got any completely fascinating characters but those that are there are entertaining without being absolute cliches.
My only real problem is that this book is so far from being standalone it's rather comical. It doesn't have an ending, it just stops.