Jostling through the light and shadow of Malacia´s streets goes a crowd of people: dukes, merchants, actresses, priests, courtesans, spongers, soldiers and down-at-heel showmen. They are seen through the eyes of Perian de Chirolo, actor and adventurer, whose experiences take him into the heart of Malacia´s darkest secrets. And behind the drama stands the enigma of Malacia itself. An age-old city-state where change is forbidden, lingering under the spell of its magicians...
AUTHOR: Brian Aldiss