What if, in a world where mathematics could be magic, the thing you desired most was also trying to kill you?
Dom is a numerate, someone able to see and control numbers and use them as a form of magic. While seeking a mathematical item of immense power that has only been whispered about, it all goes south for Dom, and he finds himself on the run across three countries on two continents, with two unlikely companions in tow and a numerate of unfathomable strength hot on his tail. Along the way are giant creatures of stone and earth, statues come alive, numerical wonders cast over hundreds of years, and the very real possibility that he won’t make it out of this alive. And both of his companions have secrets so deep that even they aren’t aware of them, and one of those secrets could make for a seismic shift in how Dom and all other numerates see and interact with the world.
Praise for Derryl Murphy
“Plunk us both down in the same imaginary world and [Murphy will] be wandering its outback like a native while I’m still standing in the bus station, face scrunched up over the tourist map, trying to make sense of the
—Peter Watts, author of Blindsight
“In Murphy’s version of reality, magic is in the numbers, and the details. Present-day action spins out in surprising directions, touching on history, poetry, mathematics, and myth. I was reminded of Tim Powers at times, but this is Powers on speed, weird, wonderful, and fast. Stock up on snacks: you’ll be reading this book in a single sitting.”
—Holly Phillips, author of The Engine’s Child
“Derryl Murphy is one cool writer: smart as a whip, funny, insightful, and always engaging. He’s a master storyteller and a brilliant stylist.”
—Robert J. Sawyer, author of The WWW Trilogy
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