The White City (eBook)
For centuries, the White City has graced the banks of the Moskva River. But in the early years of a twentieth century not quite analogous to our own, a creature even more ancient than Moscow's fortress heart has entered its medieval walls.
In the wake of political success and personal loss, the immortal detective Don Sebastien de Ulloa has come to Moscow to choose his path amid the embers of war between England and her American colonies. Accompanied by his court'the forensic sorcerer Lady Abigail Irene and the authoress Phoebe Smith'he seeks nothing but healing and rest.
But Moscow is both jeweled and corrupt, and when you are old there is no place free of ghosts, and Sebastien is far from the most ancient thing in Russia….
From Publishers Weekly:
'The pace is brisk, the characters are well realized, and the resultant delvings into darkness are certain to keep genre readers entertained to the end.'
'What I particularly like about Bear's stories is that she does not stray from crafting tight mysteries to get sucked into the imagined seamier side of vamp life. There are relationships here, and she doesn't shy away from them, but the main crux of the story is that someone was killed, someone was convicted of murder and executed for it, and now, years later, Sebastien learns that the truth has long been hidden' Sebastien and his court are hunting truth and amidst all the twists and turns of Russian life, they are relentless in that pursuit.'
'A cross between a vampire novella, a piece of historical fiction and an offbeat detective story The White City provides almost two hundred pages of excellent storytelling, splendid characterization and gorgeous, atmospheric prose.'
From Fantasy Literature:
'Overall, I'm almost certain that this is the best alternative-historical urban fantasy (for mature readers) that you haven't read yet, particularly if you relish nuanced interpersonal relationships.'