Absolution Gap (Revelation Space, Book 4) by Alastair Reynolds

By Alastair Reynolds

Mankind has continued centuries of bad plague and a very brutal interstellar conflict . . . yet there's nonetheless no time for peace and quiet. Stirred from aeons of sleep, the Inhibitors - historic alien killing machines - have began the method of ridding the galaxy of its most modern emergent intelligence: mankind. As a ragtag bag of refugees fleeing the 1st wave of the cull head in the direction of an it seems that insignificant moon light-years away, they notice an avenging angel, a woman born in ice. She has the ability to steer mankind to protection, and the facility to attract down their darkest enemy. And on a planet the place massive traveling cathedrals move slowly in the direction of the treacherous fissure often called Absolution hole, an unsettling fact turns into obvious: to overcome one enemy, it can be essential to forge an alliance with whatever a lot, a lot worse . . .

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