Prophets of the Ghost Ants

Prophets of the Ghost Ants

"I had my proverbial socks knocked off … awesome scope of mind's eye … it’s an outstanding novel … a vintage … a tour-de-force of the mind's eye … an ideal instance of very skillful storytelling, whatever the sphere may possibly use extra of. the radical by no means flags, each notice counts … It’s bought the entire experience of ask yourself that’s lacking in technological know-how fiction at the present time. I easily couldn't positioned this ebook down." - Paul prepare dinner, Galaxy’s part journal

"BEST OF 2011. leading edge ... intensely memorable ... drama and intelligence ... interesting ... a gripping read." - Perry Crowe, Kirkus reports

"I'm interested by the realm construction in Clark Carlton's Prophets of the Ghost Ants." - Annalee Newitz,

"An enticing piece of fiction equipped upon an resourceful proposal. although every little thing happens on a really small scale, the scope of the clash continues to be epic and the character of the clash continues to be quintessentially human. The ebook has a lot packed into it - from an exploration of sophistication divisions, to the spiritual hypocrisy of the ruling and priestly sessions, to the motives of religiously pushed wars, to a coming-of-age tale for Anand - that any reader will probably locate a number of degrees of fabric in it to curiosity them." - Aaron kilos, Dreaming of different Worlds

"Readers who dare input the area of Prophets of the Ghost Ants may be ready to be carried off, as though through a massive swarm of locusts, to an international of epic myth that opponents Lord of the jewelry and is on par with the likes of Dune or Watership Down ... You’ll be wishing for the fast unencumber of a moment booklet in what offers to be a trilogy." - Ken Korczak, most sensible booklet reports

The environment is Earth of the far-flung destiny, whilst all lines of our civilization have lengthy vanished. The catastrophes of far-off a while -- traditional and man-made -- have handed into legend and mysticism. And but ... the realm isn't any utopia. know-how is unknown. The animal country as we all know it's extinct. Birds, reptiles, mammals -- all misplaced to unending, unforgiving cycles of planetary demise and rebirth. 

Humankind has clung stubbornly to life -- because of a perverse flip of Evolution. For because the weary planet turned inexorably depleted, our species tailored through growing to be smaller with each passing eon, till finally we stood in parity with the single different “higher” species to outlive -- bugs. And simply as our present society has domesticated animals to maintain ourselves, the human societies of this destiny have yoked bugs to their carrier. nutrition, guns, garments, artwork -- even the main sacred non secular ideals -- are derived from Humankind’s profound intertwining with the once-lowly insect international.

during this savage panorama, males can't desire to dominate. perpetually and viciously, people are stalked via evening Wasps, Lair Spiders, and Grass Roaches. And males are nonetheless males. Corrupt elites ruthlessly implement a inflexible caste process over a debased and ignorant population. Duplicitous monks and power-mongering Royalty wage pointless wars for his or her personal glory. Fantasies of a higher existence, a greater global, serve simply to torment those that dare to dream. 

One so cursed is a half-breed slave named Anand, a dung-collector of the midden caste who, opposed to all threat, rises above hopelessness to steer his humans opposed to a genocidal military of fellows who struggle atop fearsome, translucent Ghost Ants. And to his horror, Anand finds that this cruel enemy is led by way of a person from his circle of relatives ... a non secular zealot bent at the conversion of all non-believers ... or their extermination.

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