In the gang-ridden Wormpile District, 16-year-old Larin shouts nonsense words into the decaying alleyways, a magical tourette’s syndrome that has brought grief from every neighborhood thug. But when he learns those outbursts come from Haraf, Lord of Demons, his problems bump to a whole new level. For Haraf is in permanent war with the Six Legged Gods, whose priests case the Wormpile, masking their terrifying agenda with cries for social justice. As Larin and his drug-addicted warrior uncle find themselves surrounded by enemies, their only allies will be an alcoholic priestess and a highborn wizardress, who must hold her nose and work with the street rabble she detests. And Larin will either follow Haraf or face a much greater darkness--one that will turn mankind's soul to ash.
In the misty forests of 8th century Saxony, an outcast girl smells doubt like lye, and can effect wondrous magic with tree-carved runes. But when she meets a mysterious stranger in those green woods, she must decide whether the last of her people’s lore should be used to fight Charlemagne’s Franks, who have embedded in her homeland like pebbles in wool. And she must decide whether her runes and talent for all-seeing will in the end drive away her only true love.
Helen is a woman with dementia trapped in a cognitive impairment facility, abandoned by her family and left to die. As the fog descends, she finds herself visited by a doctor who may be her worst nightmare, or may be her salvation. And the organization behind the white-coated mystery man is more bizarre than anything she's ever seen--or could ever imagine..
In the 22nd century, Seattle’s coastline is lined with desalinisation plants, Raineer has lost its snowcaps, and insect-sized drones monitor a populace that is rapidly evolving into a separate species via biomods. And in that world where particul-ash lies heavy in the skies, cop Fred Barlin must uncover the truth about one particularly odd strain of biomod that threatens to out-think us all.