Worldsoul - Liz Williams
What if being a librarian was the most dangerous job in the world?
Worldsoul, a great city that forms a nexus point between Earth and the many dimensions known as the Liminality, is a place where old stories gather, where forgotten legends come to fade and die—or to flourish and rise again. Until recently, Worldsoul has been governed by the Skein, but they have gone missing and no one knows why. The city is also being attacked with lethal flower-bombs from an unknown enemy. Mercy Fane and her fellow Librarians are doing their best to maintain the Library, but . . . things . . . keep breaking out of ancient texts and legends and escaping into the city. Mercy must pursue one such nightmarish creature, and she turns to Shadow the alchemist for aid, with the fate of the Library—and Worldsoul itself—hanging in the balance . . .
Liz Williams is a science fiction and fantasy writer living in Glastonbury, England, where she is co-director of a witchcraft supply business. Her first two novels, The Ghost Sister and Empire of Bones were nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, as was her fifth, Banner of Souls, which was also shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. From the mid-nineties until 2000, she lived and worked in Kazakhstan. Her experiences there are reflected in her fourth novel, Nine Layers of Sky. Her third novel The Poison Master has been translated into Dutch. She is also the author of the Inspector Chen series. Williams' short fiction appears regularly in Realms of Fantasy, Asimov’s, and other magazines. She is the secretary of the Milford SF Writers’ Workshop, and also teaches creative writing and the history of Science Fiction.