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City of Golden Shadow:

Otherland Book 1

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Anyone can go there … coming back is another story.

New York Times bestselling author Tad Williams has become a force to be reckoned with in the publishing world, as is evident from the enormous popularity and critical acclaim for his spectacular Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series. Now, DAW Books is proud to present Tad Williams’ groundbreaking new masterpiece and his most compelling work to date—the Otherland series—a bold new vision of a frighteningly possible tomorrow.

The first in a series of four books, City of Golden Shadow is a complex suspense novel of the near future where virtual reality has expanded to encompass all aspects of society—and national, physical, and mental boundaries are limited only by the virtue or darkness of the imagination, offering an entirely new level of freedom to people in all walks of life. But a blood-chilling conspiracy involving the world’s most powerful individuals now threatens to shatter this world to its very core.

Editorial Reviews

“Well-drawn, sympathetic characters.”

Publishers Weekly

“Williams brings the virtues of historical literacy and more than competent prose to his massive undertaking.”

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Author Biography

Tad Williams is a former singer, shoe-seller, radio show host, and taught both grade school and college classes. He is cofounder of an interactive television company, and is currently writing comic books as well as film and television scripts.  He lives with his family in London and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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George Newbern is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a television and film actor best known for his roles as Brian MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, as well as Danny in Friends. As a voice actor, he is notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Newtork series Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. He holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.

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