The Waking Engine

The Waking Engine

3.16 (854 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.16 (854 ratings by Goodreads)

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Contrary to popular wisdom, death isn't the end, nor a passage to some transcendent afterlife. Those who die merely awake as themselves on one of million worlds, where they live until they die again, and wake up somewhere new. All are born only once - but die many times - until they come to the City Unspoken, where True Death can be found. The City is home to murderous aristocrats, disguised gods and goddesses, a sadistic faerie princess, immortal prostitutes and queens, a captive angel, gangs of feral Death Boys and Charnel Girls...and one confused New Yorker. Late of Manhattan, Cooper finds himself in a City that is not what it once was. The gateway to True Death is failing, so the City is overrun by the Dying...and a spreading madness threatens to engulf the entire metaverse.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 105 x 171 x 34mm | 232g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765370115
  • 9780765370112
  • 958,877

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This debut fantasy is a fever dream of vivid imagery and dark luscious prose, reminiscent of China Mieville in its byzantine, steampunk-influenced cityscape. Library Journal, starred review

Edison breaks some new ground here, and even when he's in familiar territory, he finds his own way of exploring it. An impressive debut. Booklist

Intensely descriptive and detailed, The Waking Engine will spur readers' imaginations. RT Bookreviews

Highly original, beautifully weird, deeply immersive, The Waking Engine is a storming debut and a fantasy guaranteed to trip you out. Adam Christopher, author of Empire State and The Burning Dark

A novel of gigantic--nay, cosmic--ideas, brought down to earth by witty characters and a delightfully clueless everyman protagonist. Universal apocalypses don't come any bigger, or more entertaining. Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver

David Edison makes his debut with a novel of great creativity and richness. There's nothing small about this story, from its remarkable premise to its cast of splendidly mad characters and its complex, beautifully realized world. I can't wait for the next volume. Delia Sherman, author of The Freedom Maze

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About David Edison

David Edison was born in Saint Louis, Missouri. In other lives, he has worked in many flavors of journalism and is editor of the LGBTQ video game news site He currently divides his time between New York City and San Francisco. The Waking Engine is his first novel. Read more at
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854 ratings
3.16 out of 5 stars
5 17% (143)
4 23% (197)
3 29% (248)
2 21% (182)
1 10% (84)
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