Heraclix and Pomp, Aguirre's first full-length novel, explores the ideas of identity and immortality through the eyes of a man-like golem and a time-bending fairy who can barely grasp the idea of now, much less the dangers of what's to come.
Before being sewn-together, Heraclix was dead—merely a pile of mismatched pieces, collected from the corpses of many troubled men. And Pomp was immortal—at least, so she thought. That was before her impossible near-murder at the hands of the necromancer, Heraclix's creator. But when playing God, even the smallest error is a gargantuan weakness. When the necromancer makes his, Heraclix and Pomp begin their epic flight.
As they travel from Vienna to Prague to Istanbul and, even, to Hell itself, they struggle to understand who and what they are: who was Heraclix before his death and rebirth? What is mortality, and why does it suddenly concern Pomp? As they journey through an unruly eighteenth century, they discover that the necromancer they thought dead might not be quite so after all. In fact, he may have sealed his immortality at the expense of everyone alive . . .
Heraclix and Pomp is a richly textured and decadent read, filled with Baroque ideology and Byzantine political intrigue. Fans of fantasy and historical fiction alike will revel in Aguirre's layered prose and vivid characterizations. Heraclix and Pomp brings the surreal and the macabre to one of history's most violent eras, and it does so in a voice sure to resonate among this season's best new releases.
Outstanding Achievement Award
—Wisconsin Library Association
"Forrest Aguirre has written a delightful first novel in Heraclix and Pomp, forming an unlikely partnership that is weird and wonderful both."
"Witty, adventurous, and thoughtful, Heraclix and Pomp is a "must-read" for connoisseurs of quality, original fantasy."
—Midwest Book Review
"A cross genre romp."
—Washington Independent Review of Books
"Weirdly humorous and wondrously magical . . . the narrative is exquisite, the language fantastic, and the physical depictions—particularly of hell and the flies—almost too vivid to endure. [HHeraclix and Pomp] is a book that grabs you from the opening chapter . . . "
—Beauty In Ruins
". . . confident, creative, and imaginative . . . "