A god raises a weak people to greatness then vanishes. A race of sorcerers is driven into a land of invisible predators. Two mages—one innocent, one experienced—seek each other across continents. For every arrival, a displacement; every meeting, a loss. Consequences of past events are rippling across the Small Ocean and threaten to swamp the nations of the world.
Seb and Liz thought surviving the mutagenic plague wasn't so bad until the scientist Malcolm tried to make improvements. Now their colony is infested with slime mould and all they have left to eat are cane toads. So when Malcolm's apprentice says she can really fix things, the colony is divided.
XX-XY Holdings is New Shanghai's largest producer of vat grown human flesh, strictly for off-world sale to the alien races known as the celestials. Shen Ji has her own reasons for joining XX-XY but makes a shocking discovery during a routine meeting. One of the celestials is human . . .
The foreign mage Heliodore settled in Traipse because it was a safe place devoid of magic. A refuge from the sorcerers who hunted her for her power. Although it did seem odd that the Traipseni still worshipped their god Nicabar hundreds of years after he'd vanished . . .