Second paragraph of third chapter:
He’d dragged himself awake that morning with great diffs, head thick and sluggy deepdown in his brow-ridge, and fully been unable to recall the evening he’d made of it with Sinovi and Hekate. He guessed waragi, ouzo and / or substances akin had been attendant. His timebeast head, as well as previous experience of Hek and Sino, suggested so.
I’m afraid this is the end of the line for my reading of Faction Paradox. The City of the Saved is a place where all humans who have ever lived or died are resurrected; but they then engage in the usual city hall politics of any small state, and I failed to really engage with any of the characters. So I have put it down after 100 pages, and won’t be going back. If you want to prove me wrong, you can get it here.