A vast figure loomed above the ice walls. It was made, doubt, only of cloud or whirling sw, but it was an immense manlike thing, cast hugely against the sky. Its head stared down at them blindly, but one great arm seemed to beckon, urging the Chloe onwards. And from the depths of the gulf ahead the terrible whistling rose again. Dow Amber has set sail at last upon the battleship Chloe, but can an outsider and an enemy ever truly belong in the Ship Kings' world? All too soon, Dow finds himself entangled in rebellion and treachery, and embarked upon a desperate voyage to the frozen rth that will decide the future of the very empire. In the icy wastes Dow must take his fate in hand. Is he truly destined to be a mariner? Is the mysterious scapegoat girl Ignella a friend or a foe? And where will they each stand, when the long peace of the Four Isles threatens to shatter forever?
Andrew McGahan is one of Australia's finest writers of fiction. His first novel, Praise, won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award in 1992. In 2004, The White Earth won the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, The Age Book of the Year, and The Courier Mail Book of the Year Award. His most recent novel is Wonders of a Godless World.
Commended for Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) Awards: Christina Stead Award 2012. Shortlisted for Courier-Mail Book of the Year Award 2013.