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When your whole world is virtual, what is reality?
Everyone in the universe of Edda is made of pixels—except for Penelope. While her body is kept alive in a hospital bed, her avatar runs free, able to go anywhere and do anything, including create deadly weapons for Edda’s ruler, her guardian Lord Scanthax. When Scanthax decides to invade another virtual world, Erik/Cindella from Epic and Ghost from Saga become part of the story—and soon the virtual universes are alive with fighting, alight with bombs, and brought together by three teenagers who want peace and understanding.
With its blend of action, technology, subversion, and politics, Conor Kostick’s Epic Trilogy is the next best thing to gaming.
watching with expressions of concern. “So, my dear, you seem to know me. Perhaps you can address my disadvantage and tell me who you are and why you want to speak to me?” Count Illystivostich smiled, hiding his fangs. “My name is Erik. I’m a human. Do you understand what that means?” “I’m sorry, my hearing is not what it was. Would you mind coming a little closer, please, and saying that again?” Cindella tried to step toward the vampyre, but the cords that bound her hands checked her
story once more, she watched Athena take the card and place it firmly on the counter, faceup. The image was of a slender human woman in white robes raising a bright orb high in her right hand; where the beams of light shone into the dark corners of the card, clouds parted, book pages fluttered, and scowling people flinched and held up their arms to block the light. After Penelope finished speaking, the card flared bright white and the woman in the picture smiled. Then the light faded and the
power to thrill. For this was the whole point of Lord Scanthax’s plan. Only a human could access the menus that allowed for the world of Edda to be re-scripted. There had once been a thousand or so sentient lords and ladies in Edda, but not one of them could reach out to alter the programs that underlay their existence. Although she did not know it at the time, the six-year-old human girl was more powerful and dangerous than generals and admirals in command of enormous hosts. The image on the
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battle, came to the wooden structure on which the officers were standing, shouting commands into large handheld radiophones. “Hello there. Are any of you capable of negotiating?” She raced up the ladder with barely a pause. The two modern-looking figures equipped with pistols drew them with identical motions and fired upon Cindella. But it was the unit with a sword and banded metal armor that Erik was watching most carefully. It leaped upon her and hammered down hard with its bright blade.