lives one thousand years in the future from now. Progress has
ended and the world has gone backwards. But Ferren knows almost
nothing about it.
doesn't know that, early in the 21st Century, medical scientists
invented a technology to bring dead people back to life - and
then heard them report that they'd really been to Heaven, really
seen angels. When scientists sent teams of psychonauts to investigate,
they triggered the Millennial War between Heaven and Earth.
came the period known as the Rising of the Undead, when recently
arrived souls were driven out from Heaven, back to their dead
buried bodies. This was a terrible period of marauding murdering
corpses, which emptied cities and devastated every nation on the
came a period of phony peace and negotiations, while scientists
secretly manipulated Heaven into Earthly space and time. When
the golden battlements and green hills of Heaven appeared in the
sky, thousands of people flew up to see the sights. The result
was the Great Collapse, when huge portions of Heaven fell down
onto the Earth, causing terrible fires. The same fires are still
burning across Asia and Europe, nearly nine hundred years later.
Great Collapse changed everything. On Heaven's side, God retreated
in disgust behind impenetrable clouds, leaving a War Council of
the highest archangels to continue the war. On the side of the
Earth, artificial types of being displaced real human beings.
artificial types, called Humen, include Doctors (shriveled brains
maintained only by life support systems), Plasmatics (combining
organic nerves and muscles with machinery) and Hypers (clad in
black rubber, composed of an inanimate material, fueled by injections
of living memories and experiences).
real human beings, like Ferren himself, survive in small isolated
tribes, ignorant, fearful and despairing. At regular times, the
Humen take away one or more member from each tribe for what they
call 'military service'.
is the world Ferren has been born into. He still knows almost
nothing about it - but he's about to find out. When he does, the
world will change forever
.Every night in
the sky overhead, fearful battles take place in the Millennial War
between Heaven and Earth. Every night, the people of Ferren's tribe
lie trembling in terror.
Then a Junior
Angel called Miriael crashes to
the Earth. When Ferren discovers Miriael still alive, her strange
radiant beauty takes his breath away.
teaches Ferren about the world he lives in. Ferren's tribe is
descended from the original human beings, but they have preserved
only a few myths and objects from the 'Good Times' of long ago.
For the tribe,
contact with a Celestial is punishable by exile. When Ferren is
found out, he is driven forth into a world of burning hills, overbridges, Morphs - and the military
camp of the sinister 'Humen'.
As the War builds
up and up, Ferren and his tribe are drawn into vast events beyond
their control. On the Humen side are Doctors, Hypers and Plasmatics.
On the Heavenly side are Seraphim, Cherubim and the greatest of
archangels like Uriel.
The final outcome
hangs on the choices of Ferren and Miriael . . .
The second novel begins
six months after the end of Ferrenand the Angel. Ferren and Miriael
travel from tribe to tribe, encouraging the Residuals to join together
in a Residual Alliance. They visit the tribe of the Nesters, who
live near a mysterious City of
the Dead, and the tribe of the Sea-Folk, who are at war
with a flock of seagulls.
terrifying new threat looms. A single Doctor
marches in to take control of the Humen Camp at Bankstown. A
giant in size, Doctor Saniette aims to become the sole worldwide
leader of all Humen forces. He brings with him an army of Queen-Hypers
and other newly developed secret weapons.
Ferren and Miriael
are helped by Kiet, a fierce young woman from the tribe of Nesters.
Ferren is torn between his old feelings for Miriael and his
new feelings for Kiet.
is attracted to Asmodai, a
beautiful male angel who visits her in secret. Asmodai offers to
help Miriael reestablish contact with Heaven. He too shares a dream
of cooperation between Heaven and the Residuals. The story builds
up to a shocking revelation, a desperate rescue and a final confrontation
with 'the white Doctor'.
twice-fallen angel, now dominates
the air with his flying wing of Morphs. When he takes over leadership
of the Humen, his aim is to rule both Heaven and Earth.
On the Earth,
Ferren has at last united all the remaining tribes of human beings
in a Residual Alliance. But Skail (from Ferren
and the White Doctor) has become a representative in the Residual
assembly, with cunning political ambitions of his own. The unity
of the Alliance is under threat almost before it's begun.
Zonda (from Ferren
and the Angel) is a representative too, from Ferren's home tribe
of the People. She's attracted
to Ferren all over again. Naturally she doesn't expect Kiet
to stand in her way.
When Ferren and
the assembly are forced to flee, they hide with the People. They
also take shelter with the Fusselfolk, who inhabit a shifting rolling beach of fur-snails.
to Heaven many times in the attempt to combine Celestial and Residual
forces. She visits several Altitudes and speaks to a War Council of the very highest archangels.
armies invade and conquer a part of the First Altitude, Ferren and
his friends secretly ascend into
Heaven by an immense tower. They plan to sabotage Asmodai's
armies from behind, but get into
a fight with Hyper soldiers. They end up playing a decisive
role in the greatest battle of the whole Millennial War.
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