By J. Gregory Keyes
1722: A moment darkish Age looms. An asteroid has devastated the Earth, referred to as down through dire creatures who plot opposed to the realm of guys. The brilliant-- a few say mad--Isaac Newton has taken shelter in old Prague. There, along with his younger apprentice Ben Franklin, he plumbs the secrets and techniques of the aetheric beings who've so approximately destroyed humanity.But their safeguard is tenuous. Peter the nice marches his unstoppable forces throughout Europe. And part an international away, Cotton Mather and Blackbeard the pirate gather a celebration of colonial luminaries to go the Atlantic and detect what has befallen the outdated global. With them sails crimson sneakers, a Choctaw shaman whose mysterious connections to the invisible international warn him that they're all relocating towards a war of words as violent because it is decisive . . .
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Part of this was the rude use he made of his eyes, but that was a common trait of most white people. It was as if they spoke with glances, the many words they uttered no more than a noise to accompany a battle of wills. Choctaw engaged in such combat, too, but not when discussing the flavor of food or the color of the sky— only when insult was intended or a lie was suspected, or before a fight to the death. For the white people, each exchange of pleasantries seemed a contest that must produce a winner and a loser.
He was a year or two one side of forty, with sea-gray eyes peering over a regally arched nose, lips tight with a sort of grim humor. A battered tricorn jutted over a high, balding forehead. He exuded the sort of competence that Robert did, but more so, giving the impression that he could have easily dealt with all five men. “You’ve done us a damn good turn,” Ben said, sticking out his hand. ” “Yes, so I heard them call you,” the man replied. ” “Pleased to meet you, Peter Frisk,” Ben replied, as they shook hands.
Unaware of this attention, she shook her head. “No, white won’t do, as you must know. The emperor will call you a Frenchman and have you thrown from the hall. No, it must be in the Spanish style, so your hose must be red or black ” “Red, in that case. ” She ignored that, continuing to paw through his wardrobe. “And for your coat…” She pushed through a few and then pulled out a rather full-skirted coat of watered black silk. Starting to hand it to him, she frowned and reached back in. ” And she handed him a pair of black knee breeches with scarlet bows.
A Calculus of Angels (The Age of Unreason, Book 2) by J. Gregory Keyes