The Stone in the Skull (Lotus Kingdoms, #1)

by Elizabeth Bear

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The Stone in the Skull, the first volume in her new trilogy, takes readers over the dangerous mountain passes of the Steles of the Sky and south into the Lotus Kingdoms.

The Gage is a brass automaton created by a wizard of Messaline around the core of a human being. His wizard is long dead, and he works as a mercenary. He is carrying a message from the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is The Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the body guard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are friends, of a peculiar sort.

They are walking into a dynastic war between the rulers of the shattered bits of a once great Empire.

  • ISBN13 9780765380135
  • Publish Date 14 November 2017 (first published 10 October 2017)
  • Publish Status Out of Print
  • Out of Print 29 October 2021
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Tor Books
  • Format Hardcover
  • Language English