Illustration: Guy England
Sha'Ema, a young leather worker, is fleeing her village. Under
her left breast an eye is beginning to form. If the priests hear
of it, they will mutilate her and exile her to the mountains,
and her family will be suspected of impurity.
In fact, on the planet Og'umbi, they say that these changes
come from unnatural unions which once took place between humans
and the Akae, the beings-in-flux that invaded the planet a long
time ago. And though these monsters have disappeared, the evil
is still omnipresent. For instance, during her escape, Sha'Ema
meets Nosh, the man with the body of a beast, then Herbé
whom a change has made half-human, half something else.
While trying to learn more about these metamorphoses in the
great city of Vassilor, She'Ema hears for the first time about
Professor Valère's theories. Together, they will go deep
into the heart of the Ueg Mountains in search of a truth, which
will surpass anything they suspected.
Les Jours de l'ombre (Days of Shadows), a new
novel by Francine Pelletier, the author of the unforgettable
trilogy Le Sable et l'acier (Sand and Steel).