Wraeththu – a new species or the next step in
the evolution of humankind? Androgynous, and stronger in mind and body than
their human predecessors, Wraeththu rose from the ruins of human civilisation
to start afresh. New custodians of a battered planet, they have a choice: work and grow to become worthy custodians of
the world, or succumb to the lingering humanity within them, and perish as
their forerunners did. Naturally magical, often possessing unearthly beauty,
and sometimes deadly, the Wraeththu have captivated readers since Storm
Constantine’s first novel, The
Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit, was published in 1988.
Since then, the author has completed three
trilogies, three novellas and numerous short stories. This anthology collects
all her published Wraeththu stories into one volume, and also includes extra
material, including the author’s first explorations of the androgynous race and
their world, dating back to the late 1970s.
From the ‘creation story’ Paragenesis, through the bloody, brutal
rise of the earliest Wraeththu tribes, when hara fought for control and power, (Pro Lucror), and on into a future where
they have overcome their savage beginnings, and strange mutations are starting
to emerge from hidden corners of the earth, (Painted Skin), the fifteen stories within this book explore
different shades and colours of the Wraeththu world.
With sumptuous illustrations by official
Wraeththu artist Ruby, as well as pictures from Danielle Lainton and the author
herself, A Raven Bound with Lilies is
a must for any Wraeththu enthusiast, and is also a comprehensive introduction
to the mythos for those who are new to it.