By Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves

An striking story of experience, chance, magic, technology, friendship, spaceships, and, oh yeah, the conflict to avoid wasting all of the humans in all of the worlds in all attainable dimensions.

Joey Harker isn't a hero.

in reality, he's the type of man who will get misplaced in his personal condo.

yet at some point, Joey will get relatively misplaced. He walks directly out of his global and into one other measurement.

Joey's stroll among worlds makes him prey to armies of magic and technological know-how, either made up our minds to harness Joey's strength to shuttle among the size. the one factor status of their manner is Joey—or, extra accurately, a military of Joeys, all from varied dimensions and all decided to save lots of the worlds.

Now Joey needs to make a selection: go back to the existence he is familiar with or sign up for the conflict to the tip.

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It was once a mournful type of song, stirring but unhappy. It was once a funeral march. The tune stopped. I obtained out of the mattress and walked, a bit unsteadily, over to the window and appeared out. there have been approximately humans status on a wide parade flooring. Very diversified humans. They have been status in strains, arrayed round a field. at the field was once a physique lined with a black flag. I knew who the physique belonged to. and that i knew whose lifestyles he had died saving. Up on a dais used to be a guy who regarded just like i would, if I lived to center age.

Her name’s Josetta. “Goes for me, too, Jay,” she acknowledged. “Come again secure. we want all of the box ops we will get. ” The quartermaster is from one of many heavier Earths—places the place you are feeling such as you weigh kilos, and sometimes do. He’s formed like a barrel, ten inches taller than i'm. taking a look at him is like having a look right into a distorting reflect at a carnival, the sort that squashes you because it magnifies you. I requisitioned an come upon go well with, watched him toss it all the way down to me love it didn’t weigh whatever in any respect.

Lord Dogknife’s phrases had intended not anything whilst I had heard them initially, coming from the mouth of Scarabus—they had simply been another factor between totally too many stuff that I didn’t comprehend. yet now, within the gentle of every thing that had happened, they made perfect—and horrifying—sense. Phantom gateways, resulting in notional shadow geographical regions. sure. Shadow geographical regions, just like the one who six young ones, heading out to discover 3 beacons on a coaching project, wound up in. We concept we have been going to 1 of the Lorimare worlds, and as an alternative we wound up in a shadow measurement.

However the floor was once baked, not easy purple dust with a skinny layer of sand over it. So i attempted to drag him. He didn’t budge. I knew that he outweighed me, besides, I’d helped him drag himself clear of the chasm’s facet no longer ten mins ago—and most likely used up each ounce of adrenaline in my process doing it, I now learned. Now that the chance was once over, I had approximately as a lot likelihood of relocating him as I had of elevating the colossal with my tooth. I puzzled if it used to be the steel swimsuit that weighed him down so. I tested it, searching for a trap or a zip or whatever.

She checked out me and smiled, and my middle leapt up inside of me and sang like a cardinal in springtime. “I want to retain a memento of this Harker,” she stated. “Perhaps a hank of his hair or a knucklebone. ” “I shall supply orders to that influence. Now, stable day,” and the tattooed guy closed his eyes. while he opened them, he stated in his personal voice, “Ow. That left me with a killer headache. How used to be Dogknife? ” “Excellent,” she acknowledged. “He is making plans our attack at the Lorimare worlds. ” “Better him than me,” stated Scarabus, and he rubbed his temple.

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