Release date: 9th of November 2020
In our cyberpunk future...
... the last of humanity survives deep beneath the surface of Neo Mars. In the darkest depths of the Troezen Enginestate, cyberpunks stop their endless wars and talk of change. They fill their arms with weapons, their bodies steel, and once capable of shrugging off bullets they receive a new name—cyberblade.
For when the streets are slick with acid rain, only the cyberblades can hope to fight against every threat of monster and man. Yet as the cyberblades transcend the limits of humanity, strange secrets unravel in forgotten places, and a shadowy group implement plans a decade in the making.
All the while Lex just wants to escape to the surface—with a thinking battle-droid at her side, a family full of secrets, and deadly-determination, she aims to break through the steel skies that separate her people from paradise. Lex will either reach the surface and live under the blue sky above or drag her enemies down into Hades and burn there together.
William Z. Stone’s Cyberblade: The City Of Five Skies unleashes the gritty future in all of its neon glory. Troezen is an engine sized city waiting to blow. His characters burst from the page—stinking of blood mixed with engine grease—and eager to drag you along for an epic dystopian adventure.
Sick since the day she was born, Lex wasn’t supposed to last seventeen hours. Seventeen years later, Lex discovers the joy of piloting battle-droids on the eve of her transfer to the surface. If she makes it to the fresh air of Upstairs, she’ll save her family, at the cost of her own happiness. But if she fails to score a one-way ticket through the steel skies, Lex will need to fight, and claw, and burn to carve her people a place in the warlike floors of Undercity.
Yet there’s a problem in her plans. Like her people, Lex is an Empyrean, a refugee, a minority in this new world and a hated one. Every Red Night for a decade they have hunted Empyreans, forced them to fight to the death, and denied them every chance at happiness. If she stays behind, if she fails to secure them a place Upstairs, her family will die.
Unless Lex can protect them all.