Seriously. They probably explicated a good 50% of the plot. So if you want to read the Cliff's Notes version so you can pretend you read the book, it's
Norse fantasy/cyberpunk/apocalyptic science fiction, from Bear (Hell and Earth, 2008, etc.).Following Ragnarok, the Norse Twilight of the Gods, the only survivors were the valkyrie (warrior-angel) Muire, Kasimir the valraven (two-headed flying steed) and Mingan, a dark-angel wolf. Civilization eventually rose again, developed advanced technology, and again destroyed itself in a futile war. Now, only one city, Eiledon, remains, surrounded by desolation, kept functioning by Thjierry Thorvaldsdottir, the Technomancer, using a combination of technology, magic and who-knows-what. Muire, though she has lost most of her angelic power, still patrols the streets; occasionally she talks with Kasimir, now a steam-powered, metallic cyborg. Together they note the reappearance of Mingan, who attempts to intercept the delivery of a mysterious object of power to Selene, one of the Technomancer's powerful slave-mages.
However, if you would actually like to read the book one of these days, I offer the money shot:
A gnarled, overstuffed, heavyweight yarn from the farthest fringes of the speculative genre - in those terms, a howling success.
From Kirkus, that's like a blow job AND a bag of cheetos. Hey, casacorona, can we put "a howling success--Kirkus" on the paperback? *g*
(Sure, Amazon has that one posted, and not the starred reviews from Booklist or PW. *snrch*)