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The Emperor's Railroad
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The Emperor's Railroad
Dreaming Cities Series, Book 1
by Guy Haley

Global war devastated the environment, a zombie-like plague wiped out much of humanity, and civilization as we once understood it came to a standstill. But that was a thousand years ago, and the world is now a very different place.

Conflict between city states is constant, superstition is rife, and machine relics, mutant creatures and resurrected prehistoric beasts trouble the land. Watching over all are the silent Dreaming Cities. Homes of the angels, bastion outposts of heaven on Earth. Or so the church claims. Very few go in, and nobody ever comes out.

Global war devastated the environment, a zombie-like plague wiped out much of humanity, and civilization as we once understood it came to a standstill. But that was a thousand years ago, and the world is now a very different place.

Conflict between city states is constant, superstition is rife, and machine relics, mutant creatures and resurrected prehistoric beasts trouble the land. Watching over all are the silent Dreaming Cities. Homes of the angels, bastion outposts of heaven on Earth. Or so the church claims. Very few go in, and nobody ever comes out.

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  • A prolific freelance author and journalist, Guy Haley is the author of Reality 36, the Warhammer 40,000 novels Valedorand Baneblade, among others. He lives in Yorkshire with his wife and son.
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    March 7, 2016
    Haley (The Rise of the Horned Rat) introduces the postapocalyptic Dreaming Cities series with this short but gripping tale of desperate feudal societies, angels and zombies, and a knight and a dragon. After a Virginia village is destroyed by the undead, 12-year-old Abney and his twice-widowed mother set off for Ohio, hoping to live with a cousin. But the route is dangerous: ruined roads pass through dense woodlands that hide bandits, wild animals, and zombies, while settlements are full of suspicious folks and scoundrels. Their odds of surviving improve when they team up with the scruffy knight Quinn, but nothing is certain. Haley tells the story through the voice of elderly Abney recalling his youth. He gives tantalizing hints about the tarnished world, knights like Quinn, and the powers they serve; it’s clear that Haley has big plans for this intriguing setting. Haley serves up equal helpings of horror, fantasy adventure, and SF in this stark, intriguing story of a ruined Earth where the remaining humans are determined to survive.

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