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Bibi (it means princess) is the sole survivor of a massacre. Lady Nef, the General's wife, stops the General taking her as a concubine, winning Bibi's eternal and passionate devotion. Years later, a diplomatic mission to a supposedly friendly planet ends in disaster. Bibi, now a junior officer in Lady Nef's household, is incarcerated with her mistress in the notorious high-security prison on Fenmu. Lady Nef, 150 years old when arrested, dies in prison; she bequeaths to Bibi her rank, her level of access to the AI systems that permeate the Diaspora of inhabited planets, and a highly secret set of 4-space co-ordinates. Bibi uses Lady Nef's death to escape from Fenmu, finds Spirit, an instantaneous-transit space pod, and follows Lady Nef's co-ordinates to a treasure beyond price: a virgin, perfect, uninhabited planet.
Soon after this, the mysterious, fantastically wealthy Princess of Bois Dormant makes her debut in the high society of Speranza, the Diaspora's capital city. Thus disguised, Bibi sets out to discover why she and her mistress were condemned to a living hell; and to punish the guilty. Twenty years have passed: Lady Nef's enemies now rule Speranza. As she uncovers a forgotten, ruthless and far-reaching conspiracy, Bibi's vengeance is transformed into a project of world-changing reparation.
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A high-octane retelling of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO in space: a tale of derring-do, honour, treachery, betrayal and vengeance.Review:
"A rollicking reengineering of The Counte of Monte Cristo. This is also a serious, grown up novel that riffs on current concerns by, for example, casting as its outsider heroine a woman born into a fundamentalist tribal society." 4/5 -- Jonathan Wright BBC FOCUS "Noose-tight plotting and the author's characteristic, searching interest in biological science fiction. Jones's material is inventive... the plotting and pacing are well judged. With Spirit, Jones has inverted, and illuminated, the Count of Monte Cristo." -- Nic Clarke SFX
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Book Description Gollancz, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110575084448