By Iain M. Banks
Within the iciness palace, the King's new general practitioner has extra enemies than she first and foremost realises. yet then she additionally has extra treatments handy than those that want her in poor health can find out about. In one other palace around the mountains, within the provider of the regicidal Protector basic, the executive bodyguard, too, has his enemies. yet his enemies strike extra quickly, and his technique of fighting them are extra conventional. Spiralling around a principal middle of secrecy, deceit, love and betrayal, INVERSIONS is a dazzling paintings of technology fiction, brilliantly advised and wildly inventive, from an writer who has set style fiction alight.
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If I were Odo, Quark thought darkly, I'd be through one of those doors so fast the light from the palm torch couldn't catch me. But most inexplicably, the shape-shifter remained at Quark's side, even letting the Ferengi's injured foot set the pace. Finally, just as Quark feared he would fall to the floor in exhaustion, the Cardassian leader ordered them to turn right at the next intersection. It was a cul-de-sac, where Quark would normally expect to find a turbolift. But instead, he halted before three more Cardassians, all females this time.
But to Quark's intense relief, Odo was only lightly stunned. Terrell lowered her palm phaser and glared at the bald Cardassian. "Atrig, that thing is a shape-shifter. It could have escaped you whenever it chose. " The bald Cardassian's reaction to his leader's admonition was most revealing to Quark. It was definitely not that of a soldier. The Cardassian in the gray tunic merely clenched his teeth, glanced down, embarrassed more than anything else. Definitely not the response of a soldier. Quark's fuschia-rimmed eyes narrowed in speculation.
But who? And for what reason? The Cardassian in brown gestured harshly with his phaser. " This time it was Odo who made the first move. He started forward, onto the Promenade, and Quark followed gingerly—with each step he could feel another sliver of glass he'd missed get driven deeper into his exposed foot. " he asked plaintively. "Only if you want to die," the bald Cardassian growled. Quark sighed heavily and gritted his teeth, stepping carefully around the sprawled bodies of the fallen Cardassian soldiers.