Sometimes you find a book that makes you go ‘Wow, I wish I could write like that’. Incarnadine, by S.M Guariento, is one such book. This Alternate History novel is literary Science Fiction at its finest and a deserved Book of the Week.
By: S.M Guariento
An alternative present still ruled by Imperial Rome. Over half the world’s people vanished overnight, in a forgotten catastrophe known as the Amnesis. Survivors share a common affliction: a pervasive sense of deja vu, making the faces of strangers seem oddly familiar.
Stranger still is the Paradigma: a formula devised by elusive m agus Zerkalo Incarnadine, and delivered to Caesar in his underground fortress. Before long, the true power of the Paradigma begins to reveal itself. It can turn the written word into a force for creation – or destruction.
When alchemist, intriguer and full-time rogue Andreas Stahlherz learns of the Paradigma, he is catapulted into an adventure that will soon see him fighting for his life.
Darkly obsessed with the sister he has lost, and resolved to see her live again, Stahlherz must track down Incarnadine to find the answers he needs. His search will take him beyond the limits of the known cosmos – and further still, towards his own forgotten heart of darkness.
Like Neal Stephenson at his baroque best, ‘Incarnadine’ is literary Science Fiction at its most readable.
Utterly original, this tale of the disintegration of reality in a Roman Empire that never fell is a must buy for the serious Science Fiction reader. If you enjoy Stephenson or China Mieville, S.M Guariento may just be your new hero.