Set in the surreal, post-apocalyptic City of Trees, Winterlong centers on Wendy Wanders, a girl who can tap into the dreams and emotions of the people around her, and her long-lost twin brother, Raphael, a seductive, sacred courtesan to the City’s decadent elite. During their voyage, they encounter man-made and godlike monstrosities—both hideous and gorgeous—in their effort to stop an ancient power from consuming all. Blending science fiction and fantasy, Winterlong is a dark fairy tale about a land where societal and sexual taboos have disappeared, and what’s left is a world that is both lyrical and terrifying, familiar and striking.
Sensuous and evocative, this first novel combines dreamlike images with powerful characters to produce a visionary masterpiece.Library Journal
[Winterlong] is a live tale, told in a live voice, by an author of muscle and drive and ambition; it shows the depth of talent available in science fiction. The Washington Post