I shiver to say the word. Something has happened to them. Where did they come
from? How did it happen? Why is it spreading like a plague? I have seen what they do. I have seen their
faces. They always take their dead with them, always. There is a secret. Don’t
you understand? A secret. Wraeththu are not what they seem. They are more than
Pellaz Cevarro has heard
tales of the Wraeththu, a feared and ferocious youth cult, shrouded in mystery,
that’s taking root in cities wracked by disease, disaster and conflict. Is
Wraeththu a symptom of this decline, or something more? It is only when the
enigmatic Cal arrives at the secluded Cevarro homestead that Pellaz discovers
the unimaginable truth. Lured away by Cal to a different life, Pellaz discovers
that Wraeththu are poised to replace humanity upon a ravaged world. Changed in
body, mind and soul, Pellaz cannot escape a destiny that was set for him, nor
the tragic consequences of his association with the dangerous and beautiful
Ground-breaking when it
first appeared in the late 1980s, the Wraeththu Chronicles trilogy charts the history of a new race of androgynous beings who come
to replace humanity on Earth. Daring,
erotic and magical, these revised editions include ‘deleted scenes’ missing
from the original editions, which the author has expanded and restored.
Author's Note to the 4th Edition
The second edition of The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit, which was published in 2003, was re-edited thoroughly. I also inserted new material, which I felt improved upon the original and gave more substance to the tale. My reasons for this expansion are given in the article ‘New Steps from Saltrock’ at the end of this book.
No major changes have been made to this fourth edition. The only corrections are to typographical and grammatical errors, and minor adjustments to the text to ensure this story is consistent with current Wraeththu terminology and canon, which has developed over the past fifteen years.