“And at the last, a war between magic and science that would leave the world in ashes. At the center of all this were a man and a woman, who were still children now.”
All the Birds in the Sky is a quirky, urban fantasy that reminded me at times of some of Terry Pratchett’s work–though not as entirely successful.
Patricia Delphine and Laurence Armstead are outcasts–in their families and in school. And they both have special abilities. She has the magical ability to talk to birds and to fly (on occasion). He is a computer and engineering genius who is trying to create a sentient system in his bedroom closet. The two meet as children and form what seems to be an unbreakable bond when they are separated in middle school. Patricia and Laurence grow up and live their own lives only to reunite in San Francisco as the world begins falling apart and to find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. She on the side of magic and nature. He on the side of science and technology. The two must navigate their own belief systems and set aside preconceived notions if they are to save humanity and this little “rock” we call Earth. Continue reading