Warring States was the fifth novel in the Faction Paradox series.
Publisher's summary Edit
The Year of the Metal Rat has brought with it greed and self-preservation. The Everlasting Empire is dying, eaten up from within, and the young upstarts Britain and Russia are circling like carrion-birds, for crows of every nation are equally black. The peasant-sect of the Righteous Harmonious Fists attacks all foreign devils. In the capital, the ancient heart of the Empire, the Europeans are besieged by the Dragon Empress' army and the blood of a thousand Christian converts runs in the gutters.
When there is War in Heaven, there is War in the Land. A dagger can be concealed in a smile and this House of Paradox smiles often. Its servant here carries grief like dead petals in her hands and wakes the ancient spirits.
Their anger makes the sky weep blood, and we shall all pay dearly for her trespass.
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- Cousin Octavia Sutherland
- Cousin Ursula
- Prester John
- Miss Munroe
- Professor William Grieves
- Mrs Grieves
- Aleksandr Sorokin
- Gospozha Sorokina
- Dr George Morrison
- Xu Dian Ning
- Meng Rong Kuan
- Baron von Ketteler
- Sugiyama Akira
- Sergeant Murphy
- Cousin Anastasia
- Margaret Elizabeth Sutherland
- Effie Sutherland
- Liu Hui Ying
- Mao Lie Wei
- Li Lien Ying
- Lin Shou Ling
- Kuan Yin
- Ursula is a member of Faction Paradox.
- A prologue was published in PROSE: Warlords of Utopia, and a related story called The Night is Long, and Dreams Are Legion was published in the fanzine MythMakers to promote the novel. Both of these were later included in the ebook of Warring States.
- Author Mags L. Halliday posted online a list of songs she listened to while writing the novel.
- Octavia speaks of a place after the end of the universe where every human is resurrected. (PROSE: Of the City of the Saved...)
- Prester John knew that Compassion had been a closed-off human being before her transformation into a timeship. (PROSE: Interference - Book One, Interference - Book Two)
- Octavia knows that Compassion was transformed into Homeworld biotechnology. (PROSE: The Shadows of Avalon)
- Official Warring States page at Mad Norwegian Press
- Warring States at the Faction Paradox wiki
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Warring States at The Whoniverse