Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780451458582
  • 272 Pages
  • NAL
  • Adult


Chance Matthews has suffered enough tragedies. The latesther grandfather’s deathhas left her shaken, convinced that she will always be alone. What she needs now is timetime to recover, time to determine what her future will be.

What she doesn’t need is a strange girl with alabaster skin who knows things about Chance she can’t possibly know.

This girl speaks of being charged by an angel to battle monsters and claims she cannot do it alone. She says she needs Chance’s help.

Chance doesn’t believe in angels. Or monsters. But among the artifacts left by her geologist grandparents, there lies a fossil of a creature that couldn’t possibly have ever existed.

But it did.

And still does…


“(Caitlín R. Kiernan is) the most singular voice to enter the genre since Neil Gaiman popped up in graphic novels and Stephen King made movies live inside books…Beginning with the instant-classic Silk and continuing through her short fiction to this extraordinary new novel, Kiernan hasn’t missed a step yet…If you haven’t sampled her work yet, you haven’t really been reading the future of horror and dark fantasy, only its past.” Lisa DuMond, SF Site,
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