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The Resource Principles of Angels, Jaine Fenn

Principles of Angels, Jaine Fenn

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Principles of Angels
Title
Principles of Angels
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Jaine Fenn
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eng
Summary
Khesh City floats above the surface of the uninhabitable planet of Vellern. Topside, it's extravagant, opulent, luxurious; the Undertow is dark, twisted and dangerous. A place where nothing is forbidden, Khesh City is also a democracy, of sorts, policed by the Angels (elite, state-sponsored killers who answer only to their enigmatic master, the Minister). Taro lived a privileged life with his Angel aunt until a strange man followed him home and murdered her, ruining his future. Elarn Reen is a famous musician sent to Khesh City as the unwilling agent of mankind's oldest enemy, the Sidhe. To save her own life, she must find and kill a renegade Sidhe. As Taro and Elarn's paths converge, it becomes clear that the lives of everyone in Khesh City are at risk and a common prostitute and an uncommon singer are the city's only chance.--B.I.P
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  • Floating above a hostile planet, Khesh City is ruled by a concord of hostile powers and the constant threat of assassination. The Angels, responsible for that harsh justice, are an elite group answerable only to the Minister. Taro, adopted child of the angel Malia, struggles to survive in the violent underworld after Malia’s illegally murdered by a man who followed him home. Then he’s roped into working for the Minister, sent to spy on the angel Nual. Events rapidly spiral out of his control. Nual is more frightening than he’d imagined and unexpectedly kind. Elarn Reen, a musician ostensibly in Khesh City to perform, is an unwilling agent of the Sidhe, implacable foes of humanity, who want Nual dead. Not only that, Khesh City is at risk from outside, the Minister isn’t quite what he seems, and neither is Nual. A lovely, entertaining bit of thriller set in a fascinating, often disturbing world with, it’s hinted, a terrifying, epic past. -- Schroeder, Regina (Reviewed 12-15-2009) (Booklist, vol 106, number 8, p25)
  • Fenn sets her romance-heavy but passionless debut in a vast and ancient aerial city that inexplicably evokes very little sense of wonder. Nual is a sanctioned killer in Khesh City, where the very rich live Topside and the criminal classes lurk in the low-gravity Undertow. The reclusive and mysterious Nual is stalked by two reluctant hunters: Taro, a prostitute desperate for safety and forgiveness after he inadvertently aids in his aunt’s murder, and singer Elarn Reem, an unwilling cat’s paw for the mysterious Sidhe. Once the rulers of humanity, the Sidhe have a special and malevolent interest in Khesh City, whose founding was tied to their fall. The stronger parts of the story are undermined by a vague, clichéd setting and a false-ringing romance, giving the reader little reason to care about the characters or their woes. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 9, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 45, p34)
  • /* Starred Review */ In the floating city of Khesh, even minor crimes are punishable by death at the hands of government assassins known as "Angels." When a young male prostitute named Taro loses his Aunt Malia, an Angel living in the city's notorious "Undertow," he seeks revenge by offering his services as a spy. Fenn's debut creates a strange and eerily beautiful dystopia that simultaneously attracts and repulses with its hauntingly dark imagery. VERDICT Vividly depicted characters and an intriguing plot make this a standout purchase, especially for the postcyberpunk crowd. Highly recommended. --Jackie Cassada (Reviewed December 15, 2009) (Library Journal, vol 134, issue 20, p98)
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Fenn, Jaine
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no index present
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fiction
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Series statement
Hidden Empire
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0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Assassins
  • Life on other planets
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Principles of Angels, Jaine Fenn
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Originally published: 2008
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Control code
758747
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
310 pages
Isbn
9780575083295
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unmediated
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  • (Sirsi) i9780575083295
  • (OCoLC)267192382
Label
Principles of Angels, Jaine Fenn
Publication
Note
Originally published: 2008
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
758747
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
310 pages
Isbn
9780575083295
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780575083295
  • (OCoLC)267192382

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