The Last Page
By Anthony Huso
(Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765325167, 432pp.)
Publication Date: August 17, 2010
Categories: Fantasy - General
Dark and rich, epic in scope, in The Last Page Anthony Huso has crafted a fantasy in the vein of China Mieville's Perdido Street Station and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast, teeming with unthinkable horrors and stylish wonders.
The city of Isca is set like a dark jewel in the crown of the Duchy of Stonehold. In this sprawling landscape, the monsters one sees are nothing compared to what’s living in the city’s sewers.
Twenty-three-year-old Caliph Howl is Stonehold’s reluctant High King. Thrust onto the throne, Caliph has inherited Stonehold’s dirtiest court secrets. He also faces a brewing civil war that he is unprepared to fight. After months alone amid a swirl of gossip and political machinations, the sudden reappearance of his old lover, Sena, is a welcome bit of relief. But Sena has her own legacy to claim: she has been trained from birth by the Shradnae witchocracy—adept in espionage and the art of magical equations writ in blood—and she has been sent to spy on the High King.
Yet there are magics that demand a higher price than blood. Sena secretly plots to unlock the Cisrym Ta, an arcane text whose pages contain the power to destroy worlds. The key to opening the book lies in Caliph’s veins, forcing Sena to decide if her obsession for power is greater than her love for Caliph.
Meanwhile, a fleet of airships creeps ever closer to Isca. As the final battle in a devastating civil war looms and the last page of the Cisrym Ta waits to be read, Caliph and Sena must face the deadly consequences of their decisions. And the blood of these conflicts will stain this and other worlds forever.
ANTHONY HUSO lives in Cedar Park, Texas. The Last Page is his first novel.
"Macabre and magnificent, as enthralling as it is astonishing."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Last Page
"Huso adroitly mixes technology and fantasy elements in a twisty story that will appeal to fans of thorough world-building and sneaky surprises."--Publishers Weekly on The Last Page
"A first novel of unusual scope, power, and imagination that, for me, had much of the sense of wonder feel of Kuttneresque science fantasy set in a grownup world filled of real people desperately trying to cope. I loved it."--Glen Cook on The Last Page
"An excellent story told in the High Style. Readers who share my affection for Wolfe, Vance, and Eddison will be equally impressed by Huso's narrative voice."--David Drake on The Last Page
"The Last Page is a mixture of the subtle and the blatant, the outrageous and the understated. With an underlying sense of intertwined horror and triumph, it is what it seems, and yet it’s not, but certainly well worth reading, and definitely worth reading without preconceptions."--L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
"Huso’s visionary new world will enchant you, if you let it."--RT BookReviews on The Last Page