By Tanith Lee
"A mattress of Earth" is a haunting trip to a parallel model of sixteenth-century Venice, the place a fierce territorial contention among noble households finds a supernatural strength from underneath the placid floor of the canals and rotting understructure of the town.
The fight among the 2 households for area at the Isle of the lifeless, the overcrowded burial floor for generations of Venetian the Aristocracy, boils over and a fourteen-year-old lady is pressured to pay the final word expense. because the years go on, events complicit in her disappearance start to undergo the results in a chain of surprising deaths. A humble apprentice gravedigger is left to tackle the mysteries and subdue the traditional terror that threatens to smash the total republic.
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Kevin started at the sound of a voice. He turned to find the King standing behind him. He came to attention and bowed. " Calephon gestured at the scaffolding. "I had no idea there were so many different shades of white. Then we got sidetracked onto interior design. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I had agreed to all this. " He strolled down the length of the chapel. "I should have listened to Rebecca's mother. 'Beige,' she said. ' She said that all the time. " The King had his office not far from the chapel.
Please, your Majesty, you must reconsider. " The King came around the desk and put his arm around Kevin's shoulders, gently but pointedly steering him to the door. "No need to explain anything, Timberline. Believe me, a few days with a rod in your hand will help you forget about Rebecca. There are plenty of other fish in the sea. " And with those words his office door closed firmly, and Kevin found himself once again in the narrow corridor. He stalked through the hallways of the west wing, back to the castle's main entrance.