London, UK; Gollancz; 2004. UK First Edition. Fine in Fine dj. "A breathtakingly skilful debut." . "Jant is the Messenger, one of The Circle, a cadre of 50 immortals who serve the Emperor, and the only who can fly. The Emperor seeks to protect mankind from the hordes of giant insects who have plagued the land for centuries. But he must also contend with the rivalries of his chosen immortals." ''Thoughtful and exuberant, incredibly inventive, funny but never whimsical or mannered: a blistering debut, and honest-to-God unputdownable'' (China Mieville).