(From the publisher):
Khesh City floats above the surface of the uninhabitable planet of Vellern. Topside, it's extravagant, opulent, luxurious, the Undertow is dark, twisted and dangerous. Khesh City is a place where everything is available and nothing is forbidden - but it's also a democracy, of sorts, a democracy by assassination, policed by the Angels, the elite few who only answer to the Minister, their enigmatic master.
Taro lived with Malia, his Angel aunt, one of the privileged few, until a strange man bought his body for the night, then followed him home and murdered Malia, in cold blood and illegally. Taro wants to find the killer who ruined his future, but he's struggling just to survive in the brutal world of the Undertow. Then a seemingly chance encounter with the Minister sets him on a new course, spying for the City. His target: a reclusive Angel called Nual.
Elern Reen is a famous musician, sent to Khesh City as the unwilling agent of mankind's oldest enemy, the Sidhe. She must find and kill her ex-lover Lia, a renegade Sidhe. Lia has been hiding in plain sight, she's known in the City as the Angel Nual.
Taro and Elern have this one thing in common - Nual - but it's not long before they discover another bond: they're both on someone's death list. Even more terrifying: there's something much bigger at stake than the death of a common prostitute and an uncommon singer: Khesh City itself is the real target.
Original title: Principles of Angels
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Species Evolution→ Psionic Powers