By Iain Banks
Darkish kinfolk secrets and techniques, a long-lost love affair and a multi-million pound gaming enterprise lie on the middle of Iain Banks' amazing new novel. The Wopuld relatives equipped its fortune on a board video game referred to as Empire! now a highly profitable laptop online game. such a success, the yankee Spraint Corp desires to purchase the enterprise out. younger renegade Alban, who has been evading the relations clutches for years, is administered to floor and persuaded to wait the coming near near kin collecting - half birthday celebration, half awesome basic assembly - convened via Win, Wopuld matriarch and strongest member of the board, at Garbadale, the family's highland citadel. Being drawn again into the bosom of the extended family brings an inevitable and disconcerting disagreement with Alban's previous. What drove his mom to take her personal lifestyles? And is he but able to see Sophie, his appealing, captivating cousin and teen love, on the EGM Grandmother Win's revelations will substantially adjust Alban's point of view for ever.