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The Golden City

J. Kathleen Cheney


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Publisher Description

For two years, Oriana Paredes has been a spy among the social elite of the Golden City, reporting back to her people - the sereia - sea folk banned from the city's shores. When her employer and only confidante decides to elope, Oriana agrees to accompany her to Paris. But before they can depart, the two women are abducted and left to drown. Trapped beneath the waves, Oriana survives because of her heritage, but she is forced to watch her only friend die. Vowing revenge, Oriana crosses paths with police consultant Duilio, a seer, whose gifts have led him to Oriana.

Author Biography

J. Kathleen Cheney is a former teacher and has taught mathematics ranging from seventh grade to calculus, with a brief stint as a gifted and talented specialist. Her short fiction has been published in such venues as Fantasy Magazine and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her novella "Iron Shoes" was a Nebula Finalist in 2010.

Review

"[A] masterpiece of historical fantasy...The fascinating mannerisms of the age and the extreme formality of two people growing fonder of each other add a charmingly fresh appeal that will cross over to romance fans as well as to period fantasy readers." --Library Journal "J.K. Cheney's alternate Portugal, a society of delicate manners, gaslights, and under-the-sea artworks, provides a lush backdrop for an intricate mystery of murder, spies, selkies, and very dark magic. A most enjoyable debut." --Carol Berg, author of the Novels of the Collegia Magica

"[P]ulls readers in right off the bat...Oriana's 'extra' abilities are thoroughly intriguing and readers will love the crackling banter and working relationship between Oriana and Duilio." --Romantic Times

"An ambitious debut from Cheney: part fantasy, part romance, part police procedural and part love letter to Lisbon in the early 1900s...[the author] does a lovely job connecting magical, historical and romantic elements." --Kirkus Reviews

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"[A] masterpiece of historical fantasy...The fascinating mannerisms of the age and the extreme formality of two people growing fonder of each other add a charmingly fresh appeal that will cross over to romance fans as well as to period fantasy readers." -- Library Journal "J.K. Cheney's alternate Portugal, a society of delicate manners, gaslights, and under-the-sea artworks, provides a lush backdrop for an intricate mystery of murder, spies, selkies, and very dark magic. A most enjoyable debut." --Carol Berg, author of the Novels of the Collegia Magica "[P]ulls readers in right off the bat...Oriana's 'extra' abilities are thoroughly intriguing and readers will love the crackling banter and working relationship between Oriana and Duilio." -- Romantic Times "An ambitious debut from Cheney: part fantasy, part romance, part police procedural and part love letter to Lisbon in the early 1900s...[the author] does a lovely job connecting magical, historical and romantic elements." -- Kirkus Reviews

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When her employer and only confidante decides to elope, Oriana agrees to accompany her to Paris. But before they can depart, the two women are abducted and left to drown. Trapped beneath the waves, Oriana survives because of her heritage, but she is forced to watch her only friend die.

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A maid came in then carrying a tray with a small pot of coffee and a pair of cups. Miss Paredes tucked her hands back into her mending, her vexed expression fading into polite placidity. Duilio rather liked the vexed Miss Paredes, but he wasn''t foolish enough to say so. "Thank you, Ana," Duilio told the maid instead. "You may go, but leave the door half-ajar, please." The girl curtsied and swept her way out of the room, pulling the door almost all the way closed. He should go and open it wider to protect Miss Paredes'' reputation, but didn''t bother. He appreciated the privacy for now. He poured himself a cup of coffee. "Would you like a cup?" "Yes, please," Miss Paredes said after a brief hesitation. He added cream to hers, having seen her do so that morning, and set the cup on the small table near her elbow. "You''re not supposed to serve me," Miss Paredes protested. Duilio didn''t laugh at her wry tone. He broke societal rules regularly enough that this tiny slip in etiquette didn''t merit any twinge of insulted propriety on his part. "I don''t mind serving, Miss Paredes, particularly as your hands are occupied. Do you enjoy sewing?" She regarded him warily, as if she feared a trap. "Yes. It''s calming." Well, now he''d learned something. Miss Paredes liked to sew; it wasn''t merely a part of her disguise. He smiled down into his coffee. "I believe there''s a sewing machine down in the workroom. Did you know that?" "Yes, but once you''ve accidentally sewn through your webbing, you tend to stay away from machines. I prefer to work by hand." Duilio cringed. "I see. The next time you need a gown, it might be simpler to have one made up. I didn''t mean for you to spend your hours here mending." She pushed the rumpled blue mound on her lap into order and then picked up her own cup. "Mending is honest work, sir." He crossed his legs and peered at her lowered features. Their relationship wasn''t a normal one, caused by circumstances to vacillate between that of master and servant . . . and something else. But his remarks about the mending had caused her to revert to servant again, which irritated him. He wanted to talk to her, not just exchange pleasantries.... "I have often wondered about your people''s culture," he said then, hoping to draw out the woman behind the mask of servility. "It''s a shame tourism isn''t allowed on your islands." "Given our history with your people, are you surprised?" she asked tartly. His people''s relationship with hers had not gotten off on the right foot, a story recorded in Cam

Product Details

Author
J. Kathleen Cheney
Short Title
GOLDEN CITY
Publisher
Roc
Language
English
ISBN-10
0451417755
ISBN-13
9780451417756
Media
Book
Format
Mass Market Paperback
Year
2014
Publication Date
2014-07-24
Pages
384
Country of Publication
United States
Audience
General/Trade