In Aestival Tide, Elizabeth Hand returns to the extraordinary Winterlong universe. In Araboth—the majestic, domed, multi-tiered city of the Ascendants—obsession with beauty and power vents in haunting, horrific ways. The resurrected Margalis Tast’annin has become the Aviator Imperator of the Ascendants, enslaved by his former lover and exiled to the debauched city of Araboth. And the city that was once home to an advanced society is now a shadow of its former self. Now, as the once-in-a-decade Aestival Tide approaches, the formerly great dome teeters on the brink of its own destruction.
Hand is a superior stylist.The New York Times Book Review