In this stunning debut, K. J. Bishop casts the shadows of our most fantastic dreams-and deepest fears-onto a lush cityscape brilliantly carved from the depths of her imagination. Here is the tale of an extraordinary realm in which two very different people in search of new lives find their paths crossing-and their realities merging-again and again.... Gwynn and Raule are rebels on the run, with little in common except being on the losing side of a hard-fought war. Gwynn is a gunslinger from the north, a loner, a survivor...a killer. Raule is a wandering surgeon, a healer who still believes in just-and lost-causes. Bound by a desire to escape the ghosts of the past, together they flee to the teeming city of Ashamoil, where Raule plies her trade among the desperate and destitute, and Gwynn becomes bodyguard and assassin for the household of a corrupt magnate. There, in the saving and taking of lives, they find themselves immersed in a world where art infects life, dream and waking fuse, and splendid and frightening miracles begin to bloom....Bishop, Kristen is the author of 'Etched City', published 2004 under ISBN 9780553382914 and ISBN 0553382918.