When the Worldstorm first stirred in the distant reaches of the earth, the people of the earth were torn asunder and thrown into disarray. For a time, all was panic and terror. But out of this panic and terror and division a new order coalesced, and the four Inclinations were known, and named
Or so at least one of the old stories has it.
Elder Ayn doesn't really know why the Worldstorm comes to wreak devastation on the world any more than the next man. But, being a previsionary, he does know the exact time and nature of his death. He will be murdered and he will do nothing to prevent the killing blow.
Elder Ayn also knows why he has left the splendid academic isolation of Stonehaven and gone out into the world. He knows where his quest will take him. But he''s not about to tell his scribe, Khollo.
And meanwhile the world¿s order is breaking down. War is brewing between the Earth and the Fire Inclined. People who can shake the ground with a fist or pull fire out of the air with a simple thought. A storm is coming.
And a girl who fears she is Extraordinary is about to learn the truth . . .
Reminiscent of China Mieville's PERDIDO STREET STATION. The eventful story is excellently written. A nifty whoduunit from the angle of the future vicitm. Neat. (Andrew Osmond SFX)
Worldstorm is, perhaps, a rather traditional fantasy, although one with an intruiging world, and which packs a neat, deliberately unresolved twist in the tail. (Interzone)
Extremely readable and offers a different sort of story from the standard fantasy (Chris Hill Vector Magazine)