Frost, Gregory -- Lord Tophet

The cover says "a Shadowbridge novel". I knew there was an earlier book called Shadowbridge, but I had the notion this wasn't a direct sequel, so I read it first. Now I have no idea whether it's a direct sequel or a very deadpan in medias opening. It works, either way. The world is large and entirely made of bridges, city-bridges, with occasional divine intervention. One such intervention struck down the theater district, years ago, and then another heals it just as the daughter of the fabled puppet-storyteller returns to take up her father's work... And the book really is that random, with internal stories stitched into the patchwork and no trope that heads in any familiar direction. But the characters are entirely lively enough to keep you hooked.

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