It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. Lededje Y'breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to put things right she will need the help of the Culture. It begins in the realm of the Real. It begins with a murder. And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself.
One of the most entertaining Culture novels for a long time SFX
Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel in 1984. He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels. Iain Banks died in 2013.