|Year of Our War, the (2004) [Novel]|
by Steph Swainston
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In a world torn asunder by an ages-long war against the insects – whose massive size and numbers are slowly devouring the towns, the land and the people in their path – mankind teeters on the brink of extinction.
For centuries, the Circle – 50 immortals headed by the Emperor and chosen for their skills – has lead the struggle against the invading insects. But the old order is falling apart. Caught in the middle is Jant, the vain, self-absorbed and irresistible messenger to the Emperor – and the only immortal who can fly. His unique abilities would make him indispensable to the war effort were it not for his addiction to Cat – a powerful hallucinogen that throws his mind into the alternative reality of the Shift.
When the front-line begins to fail, the Emperor orders Jant to discover the mysterious origin of the insects and how they may be defeated. Jant realises that between his world, the Shift and his addiction may lie the key to mankind’s salvation.
Original title: Year of Our War, the
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Species Evolution→ Longevity and Immortality