By Iain M. Banks
Darkish family members secrets and techniques, a long-lost love affair and a multi-million pound gaming company lie on the center of Iain Banks' wonderful new novel. The Wopuld kin outfitted its fortune on a board video game referred to as Empire! ? now a highly profitable computing device online game. such a success, the yankee Spraint Corp desires to purchase the company out. younger renegade Alban, who has been evading the relatives clutches for years, is administered to floor and persuaded to wait the drawing close relatives amassing - half party, half impressive common assembly - convened through Win, Wopuld matriarch and strongest member of the board, at Garbadale, the family's highland citadel. Being drawn again into the bosom of the extended family brings an inevitable and disconcerting war of words with Alban's previous. What drove his mom to take her personal lifestyles? And is he but able to see Sophie, his attractive, spell binding cousin and teen love, on the EGM? Grandmother Win's revelations will extensively modify Alban's standpoint for ever.
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