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Before the Fall
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MAHALA IS A CITY OF CONTRASTS: LIGHT AND DARK. HOPE AND DESPAIR.
Rojan Dizon just wants to keep his head down. But his worst nightmare is around the corner.
With the destruction of their power source, his city is in crisis: riots are breaking out, mages are being murdered, and the city is divided. But Rojan's hunt for the killers will make him responsible for all-out anarchy. Either that, or an all-out war.
And there's nothing Rojan hates more than being responsible.
The fantastic follow-up to FADE TO BLACK!
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06/18/2013
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Francis Knight. (2013). Before the Fall. Orbit.

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Francis Knight. 2013. Before the Fall. Orbit.

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Rojan Dizon just wants to keep his head down. But his worst nightmare is around the corner.
With the destruction of their power source, his city is in crisis: riots are breaking out, mages are being murdered, and the city is divided. But Rojan's hunt for the killers will make him responsible for all-out anarchy. Either that, or an all-out war.
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The fantastic follow-up to FADE TO BLACK!
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      • content: "Knight's debut recalls the vibrant, urban-based fantasies of China Mieville"—Library Journal on Fade to Black
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      • content: "A savage stab at organized religion and social control... emotionally powerful."—Sun (UK) on Fade to Black
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        Knight���s second Rojan Dizon novel wisely veers away from the fantasy clichés that peppered Fade to Black. While traces of the wisecracking, womanizing pain mage Rojan remain, these characteristics no longer compose his entire character. The story has more complexity and depth, exploring Rojan���s feelings of guilt over bringing down the torture factory that provided power to the vertical city of Mahala; that emotional angst mirrors the physical pain he inflicts upon himself to access his magic. As the impoverished society crumbles, Rojan���s brother, Perak, the newly appointed Archdeacon of the ruling Ministry, asks atheist Rojan to discover who is behind a string of child murders that have added an explosive fury to the frustration and hunger experienced by the underclass. The investigation gives Rojan conflicting loyalties to a brother he doesn���t entirely trust and friends he doesn���t completely understand. Most rewardingly, quirky sidekick Pasha emerges here as a complex, conscientious counterpoint to Rojan���s cynicism. These marked improvements and an intriguingly inconclusive ending bode well for the future of the series.

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        The destruction of Glow, the supposedly safe power source for the towering city of Mahala, has left most of the city with little to no power, particularly in the lower, poorer levels known as Downside. Rojan Dizon, one of Mahala's few and newly legalized "pain" mages, is helping to restore power without the use of Glow, which used the pain of captive or "missing" people to provide energy. With his brother newly installed as the ruling Archdeacon, Dizon hopes Mahala will begin to address the discrepancies between the rich few and the destitute multitudes. Someone, however, is murdering new mages, and Dizon must somehow keep the city from collapsing into anarchy. He also fights to save his soul. VERDICT This sequel to Fade to Black explores the aftermath of drastic change seen through the eyes of a man whose magical proclivities--self-inflicted pain--have sometimes hardened his perceptions of the world. Knight has developed an unusual "punk" urban fantasy dystopia and filled it with fascinating characters, producing a series well worth following.

        Copyright 2013 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Rojan Dizon just wants to keep his head down. But his worst nightmare is around the corner.
With the destruction of their power source, his city is in crisis: riots are breaking out, mages are being murdered, and the city is divided. But Rojan's hunt for the killers will make him responsible for all-out anarchy. Either that, or an all-out war.
And there's nothing Rojan hates more than being responsible.
The fantastic follow-up to FADE TO BLACK!
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