For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven's Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven's watch, the city flourishes.
"In The History of the Future, McPherson explores America in all its beauty and strangeness. He is funny and searching--a joy to read."--Elizabeth Kolbert
Praise for Edward McPherson:
"Mr. McPherson is an intrepid traveler. . . a charming and literate companion, and he approaches his task with becoming modesty."--The Wall Street Journal
When Marshall McEwan left his Mississippi hometown at eighteen, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington, DC. But as the ascendancy of a chaotic administration lifts him from print fame to television stardom, Marshall discovers that his father is terminally ill, and he must return home to face the unfinished business of his past.