River of Blue Fire (Otherland, Volume 2)

By Tad Williams

Otherland. in lots of methods it truly is humankind's such a lot lovely fulfillment: a personal, multidimensional universe equipped over generations by means of the best minds of the twenty-first century. yet this so much particular of areas is usually one of many world's top stored secrets and techniques, created and regulated by way of a company made of the world's strongest and ruthless contributors, a personal cartel known—to those that be aware of in their life at all—as The Grail Brotherhood. even though their goal in growing Otherland continues to be a secret, it can no longer stay so for lengthy. For they've got exacted a poor fee from humanity within the approach, or even their hugely prepared worldwide conspiracy can't conceal the character in their crimes endlessly.

And now a small band of adventurers has penetrated the veil of secrecy that stops the uninitiated from coming into Otherland. yet having damaged into the superb worlds inside worlds that make up this universe, they're trapped, not able to flee again to their very own flesh-and-blood our bodies within the actual global. And as risks and situations cut up their social gathering into small, generally scattered teams, their purely desire of reuniting lies in returning many times to the River that flows—in one shape or another—through the entire worlds.

But the percentages appear to be thoroughly opposed to them as they—and the single outsider with whom they could sign up for forces—become hopelessly misplaced in geographical regions the place an Ice Age tribe's fears can in basic terms be quenched in blood...where bugs are as huge and lethal as dinosaurs...where they're stuck within the struggle among a guy made up of straw and one made from tin...where caricature advertisements tackle a lifetime of their own...where people try to outlive within the aftermath of an alien invasion...and the place one amongst their celebration is admittedly The Grail Brotherhood's such a lot terrifying weapon—a sociopathic killer who hasn't ever failed and whose present undertaking is to make sure that now not even one member of this little invasion strength lives lengthy sufficient to bare the reality approximately Otherland to the folks of Earth...

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Renie requested. “Where you're? You’d understand larger than me. ” Lenore shook her head. “This simworld’s on GMT. It’s a bit after 5 AM the following. the simplest time to determine the Eciton is once they begin relocating round sunrise. ” “We’re slicing it advantageous, although. ” Cullen frowned. “If you’d been right here on time, Kwok, we’d be there via now. ” “Shut up and fly this previous crate, bug-boy. ” ! Xabbu sat quietly, staring out the window because the mountainous timber loomed after which slid previous on both sides. Renie couldn't support yet be inspired herself: It used to be daunting, seeing issues from this attitude. a life of ecological catastrophes being pumped via her attention via the newsnets had left her with a sense of our environment as a delicate factor, an ever-thinning internet of greenery and fresh water. within the genuine international that may be so, yet to be introduced all the way down to this dimension used to be to work out nature in its former terrifying and dictatorial elegance. She may possibly finally actually think the Earth as Gaea, as a unmarried dwelling factor, and herself as part of a sophisticated method instead of a anything perched atop the ladder of construction. loads of that feel of mastery used to be viewpoint, she realized—simply a made from being one of many greater animals. At her present dimension, each leaf used to be a surprise of complexity. underneath each stone, on each lump of dust, lived entire thriving villages of tiny creatures, and on these animals lived much more minute creatures. For the 1st time, she may think the chain of existence all the way down to molecules, or even smaller. And has somebody equipped that right here in addition? she puzzled. As ! Xabbu stated, are we turning into gods, that we will be able to develop ourselves as immense as a universe, or stroll inside of an atom? It was once tough to not be inspired by means of Atasco and Kunohara and the rest—at least those that had now not knowingly outfitted their wonderlands with the pain of others. What she had visible to date was once actually beautiful. “God rattling. ” Cullen slapped his hand opposed to the steerage wheel. “We’re past due. ” Renie leaned in order that she may possibly glance earlier him, yet all she may well see in the course of the windshield was once extra of the enormous wooded area. “What is it? ” “The troop’s already at the move,” acknowledged Lenore. “See these? ” She pointed to a number of darkish shapes becoming above them within the branches. “Those are antbirds and woodcreepers. They persist with the Eciton swarm whilst it travels, and feed at the creatures pushed prior to it. ” “I’m going to need to wear the autopilot,” Cullen acknowledged crossly. “It’s going to be bumpy, yet don’t blame me—I was once on time. ” “Human pilots aren’t quick sufficient to prevent the entire chook strikes,” Lenore defined. “Don’t take Cullen’s fascinating manners too for my part. He’s continually like this sooner than breakfast, aren’t you, Cully? ” “Get locked. ” “It is just too undesirable, though,” she went on. “One of the main attention-grabbing issues concerning the Eciton is how they make their camp—their ‘bivouac’ as it’s known as. they've got tarsal claws, those hooks on their toes, and whilst the troop stops, they seize one another and hyperlink up into lengthy striking vertical chains.

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