Tooth and Claw

Tooth and Claw


By (author) Jo Walton

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  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Format: Paperback | 332 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 214mm x 19mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 6 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0765319519
  • ISBN 13: 9780765319517
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 189,841

Product description

Here is a tale of a family dealing with the death of their father, a son who goes to court for his inheritance, a son who agonizes over his father's deathbed confession, a daughter who falls in love, a daughter who becomes involved in the abolition movement, and a daughter sacrificing herself for her husband. Here is what sounds for all the world like an enjoyable Victorian novel, perhaps by Anthony Trollope...except that everyone in the story is a dragon, red in tooth and claw. Here are politics and train stations, churchmen and family retainers, courtship, and country which, on the death of an elder, family members gather to eat the body of the deceased. In which society's high and mighty members avail themselves of the privilege of killing and eating the weaker children, which they do with ceremony and relish, growing stronger thereby. You have never read a novel like "Tooth and Claw."

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Author information

Jo Walton's debut novel "The King's Peace" earned her the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. More recently, "Farthing" was a finalist for the Nebula Award and the Quill Award, and won the "Romantic Times" Critic's Choice Award. A native of Wales, she lives in Montreal.

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"Utterly "sui generis."..It's a rare book that leaves me wishing it were twice as long, but "Tooth and Claw" is one such."--"The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction ""A delight. On a basic level, "Tooth and Claw" works much the same way that "Watership Down" worked...Highly recommended for anyone who loved the books of Austen, or Heyer (or Laurie Colwin's more contemporary novels, for that matter), and wishes that someone was still writing social comedies that were just as sharp and just as pleasurable."--Kelly Link, author of "Stranger Things Happen ""Jo Walton writes with an authenticity that never loses heart."--Robin Hobb