A first novel.
THE BEAUTY OF DECAY...
Hell with the lid taken off. That was how Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was perceived during the latter part of the nineteenth century when the entire city seethed as a cauldron of molten steel, blackening the midday sky with endless clouds of ash and soot. In 1901, beneath a think haze of manganese dust, an evil and malicious graveworm awoke among the immigrant slums and grossly polluted rivers. And there the vile wickedness thrived and grew.
Today, thirteen-year-old Angela Danziger is a living testament to the poisonous industrialization. A brokenhearted albino angel with clipped wings and a tragic past, she is called the Blessed Moonchild by witches and mystics alike. She is a present-day Joan of Arc, and quite possibly humankindís last chance at redemption. But can she survive the merciless onslaught of the festering worms and preserve her angelic lineage--and her own sanity--or will she fall prey to their evil and destructive passions?