Edited by Lawrence Miles.

Written by Lawrence Miles, Simon Bucher-Jones, Daniel O'Mahony, Ian McIntire, Mags L Halliday, Helen Fayle, Philip Purser-Hallard, Kelly Hale, Jonathan Dennis and Mark Clapham.

ISBN 1570329052 (paperback).
ISBN 1570329079 (hardback).

Published in 2002 by Mad Norwegian Press.

Illustrated by Jim Calafiore.
Cover by Steve Johnson.

     Immovable. Implacable. Unchanging. Old enough to pass themselves off as immortal, arrogant enough to claim ultimate authority over the Spiral Politic.

     Not so much an army as a hostile new kind of history. So ambitious it can re-write worlds, so complex that even calling it by its name seems to underestimate it.

     Renegades, ritualists, saboteurs and subterfugers, the criminal-cult to end all criminal-cults, happy to be caught in the crossfire and ready to take whatever's needed from the wreckage... assuming the other powers leave behind a universe that's habitable.

     A fifty-year-old dispute over the two most valuable territories in existence: “cause” and “effect”.

     Marking the first five decades of the conflict, The Book of the War is a complete guide to the Spiral Politic, from the beginning of recordable time to the fall of humanity. Part story, part history and part puzzle-box, this is a chronicle of a War where the historians win as many battles as the soldiers and the greatest victory of all is to hold on to your own past...

     Among the multiple interwoven narratives which the careful reader may unravel in The Book of the War is that of the City of the Saved, a realm beyond the end of time where the human bloodline has been resurrected in its entirety by persons (and for purposes) unknown. In the City may be found the Neanderthal activists known as the Piltdown Mob, the devious Celestis Ambassador Lord Foaming Sky and Cousin Pinocchio, Faction Paradox’s only known cyborg recruit. Here, too, is the Rump Parliament, the Faction's own fifth column among the last known civilisation of humanity.


The City of the Saved logo created and maintained by Philip Purser-Hallard.
City of the Saved logo © Cody Quijano-Schell 2012.
All material © Philip Purser-Hallard 2003 except where otherwise noted, and not to be used without permission.
The Book of the War cover © Steve Johnson 2002.