The people of an ancient city awaken one night to find the earth beneath them trembling. At the Emperor's Palace, though, the feasting goes on. Even as the omens multiply, the High Priest insists that the gods' favour can be bought as it always has been - with gold and ritual sacrifice.
Only the Augur - fearless, ageless, a prophetess who was once the power behind the throne - can see what is coming.
Around her, an unlikely resistance gathers: Saba and Aemilia, her two young acolytes, stolen from distant homelands long ago; Myloxenes, the truth-seeking son of the High Priest, in flight from his savage father; and Antonus, pain-wracked and exiled, raising his family far from the depravity of the Palace he once called home.
Augury is a tour-de-force of imagination and literary craft from a young author whose star is rising. The setting is ancient, yet its conflicts, fears - and its hopes - are our own.
S.E. Lister grew up in Gloucestershire, and studied Creative Writing at Warwick University. She has been reading stories since she was old enough to pick up a book, and writing them almost as long. Her first novel, Hideous Creatures, was shortlisted for the Edinburgh Festival First Book Award.