Publisher's summary Edit
Don't tell her what it was like. Don't tell her how you had to dig your way out through heavy layers of clay to reach the fresh air, because that would distress her. Don't tell her about the box, because that would confuse her.
And don't tell her about the light, because that was sacred.
Lately cannonballs have flown their arcs, leaving the crystal sky unbroken, while on Earth their traces are all too visible. Yet though Heaven has never seemed so far away, the divine is terribly closer. War on Earth presages War in Heaven; the struggle between the holy houses of Christ and their eternal Adversary has erupted among the living.
These are the signs of the last days: in 1651, a dead angel is found in a tree in Lincolnshire and a nymph rises from the waters of Kent; in 1642, a dying man is miraculously healed in the grave; in 1665, uncanny skull-masked doctors descend upon a plague house; in 1683, the French secret service unveil mirrors that show the futures; in 1671, Aphra Behn — she-spy and poetesse — infiltrates a gathering of alchemists; in 1649, the English kill their king, and history begins...
- Nate Silver
- Aphra Behn
- Alice Lynch/Mistress Piper/Cousin Greenaway
- Nick Plainsong
- Ann Brownlow
- Cousin Suppression
- Cousin Amphigory
- Cousin Hateman
- Mother Sphinx
- The first babel attempts to prime humanity for the War.
- Erasmus and the other pilots are posthumans who use praxis to reach their past, and ensure it isn't altered.
- Biodata is translated as "life-gifts" — a calque.
- Larissa is The Little Book of Absolute Power.
- The Homeworld Chronicles are a set of Great Houses propaganda.
- Nathaniel Silver has met Charles II.
- This book was the first for the small New Zealand publishing company Random Static.
- When released as an e-book, Random Static removed the Faction Paradox logo, stating that it was more of a hindrance to readers who might think of it as a tie-in to something they never heard of, when it could be evaluated on its own merits as a stand-alone story.
- Chatelaine Thessalia, The Little Book of Absolute Power, and the first babel appear. (PROSE: The Book of the War)
- The Faction has been devastated by the Second Wave. (PROSE: The Book of the War)
- (E-book at Random Static's website - see Reference Guide link above)