By Iain M. Banks
Sharrow was the chief of a personality-attuned wrestle crew in a single of the sporadic little advertisement wars within the civilization established round the planet Golter. Now she is hunted through the Huhsz, a non secular cult which believes that she is the final concern sooner than the faith's apotheosis, and her merely desire of get away is to discover the final of the apocalyptically robust Lazy weapons sooner than the Huhsz locate her.
Her trip throughout the unique Golterian method is a harmful and savage odyssey into her previous, and that of her kinfolk and of the approach itself.
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Hunter Pyanfar," he said. "Kkkt. Sit. ' "Same, hakkikt," Kesurinan said. And did not say: where is my captain? which was doubtless the burning question in her mind. w. c bu to re he C lic k he k lic C w. 0 bu y rm er Y F T ra n sf o ABB PD er Y Pyanfar settled easily into another of the insect chairs and tucked her feet up kif-style as one of the skkukun brought her a cup, one of the ball-shaped, studded cups the kif favored, and another poured parini into it. Kesurinan had hesitated to sit: "You too," Sikkukkut said, and as Kesurinan took another of the chairs, next Pyanfar, he looked in Skkukuk's direction.
She bent over and raked her hands through her mane, conscious of the uncomfortable weight of the AP at her hip and the prodding of the gun in her opposite pocket. She stank. She wanted a bath. She wanted not to have done what she had done. Not to have made the mistakes she had made. Not to be Pyanfar Chanur at all, who was responsible for too much and too many mistakes. And who had now to think the unthinkable. " Tirun asked. She looked up at her cousin, her old friend. At a crewwoman who had been with her from her youth.
Tahar also has a bloodfeud with Ehrran. And Tahar interests are linked to mine. I'm her only hope of recovering her reputation. " "I also have a certain matter to settle with Goldtooth. A personal matter. And Jik is the best leverage on that. " There was a soft clicking about her, a stirring; and the guns were still live. " Sikkukkut placed his hands on the chair, lifting his jaw. " "Lying in that chair; and sitting in this one. And neither's inconsequential. Neither's without ties that go far beyond one ship and a small authority.