“In this beautifully-rendered post-apocalyptic fantasy, whole cities rendered from plants float unmoored from the violent storm-filled planet below. The plants and the cities’ flights are manipulated and maintained by architects, a class of people revered for the power they wield. Told from the alternating perspectives of Iravan, an architect whose power exceeds the others, and his wife Ahilya, a regular citizen who sees the danger in relying on a select elite for survival, the story digs into the mystery of the earthrage storms that plague the planet and the source of the architects’ powers. Rao deftly intertwines Iravan and Ahilya’s conflict with the wider issues of their civilization, building a world that is immersive and intricate. Highly recommended for fans of N.K. Jemisin’s Fifth Season series!”
— Hannah• Avid Bookshop
High above a jungle-planet float the last refuges of humanity—plant-made civilizations held together by tradition, technology, and arcane science. Here, architects are revered deeply, with humanity’s survival reliant on a privileged few. If not for their abilities, the cities would plunge into the devastating earthrage storms below. Charismatic and powerful, Iravan is one such architect. His abilities are his identity, but to Ahilya, his archeologist wife, they are a method to suppress nonarchitects. Their marriage is thorny and fraught—yet when a jungle expedition goes terribly wrong, jeopardizing their careers, Ahilya and Iravan must work together to save their reputations. But as their city begins to plummet, their discoveries threaten not only their marriage, but their entire civilization.