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Ink: The Book of All Hours (2007)
by Hal Duncan
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345487338, Paperback)With his stunning debut novel, Vellum, Hal Duncan shattered the boundaries between genres. Fantasy, or science fiction, Vellum shocked with the boldness of its ideas, seduced with the sensual beauty of its prose, and astonished with its imaginative sweep. Now Duncan returns with another epic tour de force that surpasses all expectations.
INK: The Book of All Hours
Once, in the depths of prehistory, they were human. But in a moment of brutal transfiguration, they became unkin, beings who possessed the power to alter reality by accessing the Vellum: a realm of eternity containing every possibility, every paradox, every heaven . . . and every hell. The Vellum became a battleground where forces of order and chaos fought across time and space. The ultimate weapon in that bloody war spanning through history and myth, dreams and memory, was The Book of All Hours, a legendary tome within which the blueprint for all reality is inscribed, a volume long lost amid the infinite folds of the Vellum.
Until, in 2017, it was found by Reynard Carter, a young man with the blood of unkin in his veins.
Until Phreedom Messenger and her brother, Thomas, were swept up in an archetypal dance of death and rebirth.
Until a hermit named Seamus Finnan found the courage to re-forge his broken soul, and a self-proclaimed angel called Metatron unleashed a plague of AI bitmites.
Now, in the aftermath of the apocalypse, several survivors search desperately for the remnants of themselves scattered across the Vellum like torn pages, determined to use the blood of the unkin to rewrite The Book of All Hours, and to forge a new destiny for themselves and all humanity. Reality will never be the same.
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"It's twenty years since the Evenfall swept across the Vellum ... twenty years since Phreedom Messenger disappeared into the wilderness and Seamus Finnan got imprisoned in his own past. Twenty years of chaos have intervened but the Dukes, those remnants of the Covenant, still cling to power in their enclaves of order amid this bitmite-devastated wilderness." "Yet, across the folds of time and space, rogues and rebels are now rising up against the Empire. From a medieval fortress where the wandering mummers stage a harlequin play ... to Kentigern where another harlequin, Jack Flash, wrecks havoc on a fascist state that thought him dead. From a 1939 Paris where Jack Carter and Seamus Finnan, heroes of the International Brigades, seek to rewrite history ... to a 1929 Berlin where a very different Jack seeks to save the world from a history he himself has helped make real." "Locked in this eternal battle of chaos and order, it seems everyone must play their part now, whether as rebel or tyrant, hero or villain. And it is Guy Reynard, king of thieves, thief of lives, who links them all. He is the man who stole the Book of All Hours and then walked across eternity with it, the keeper of its secrets, the interpreter of its sacred script. But perhaps it's time to throw away a script written on the skin of angels."--BOOK JACKET.
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