The Dragons of Babel

The Dragons of Babel

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A fantasy masterpiece from a five-time Hugo Award winner!

A war-dragon of Babel crashes in the idyllic fields of a post-industrialized Faerie and, dragging himself into the nearest village, declares himself king and makes young Will his lieutenant. Nightly, he crawls inside the young fey's brain to get a measure of what his subjects think. Forced out of his village, Will travels with female centaur soldiers, witnesses the violent clash of giants, and acquires a surrogate daughter, Esme, who has no knowledge of the past and may be immortal.

Evacuated to the Tower of Babel--infinitely high, infinitely vulgar, very much like New York City--Will meets the confidence trickster Nat Whilk. Inside the Dread Tower, Will becomes a hero to the homeless living in the tunnels under the city, rises as an underling to a haint politician, meets his one true love-a high-elven woman he dare not aspire to.

You've heard of hard SF: This is hard fantasy from a master of the form.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 7.62mm | 45.36g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0765331144
  • 9780765331144
  • 802,766

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"The Dragons of Babel" is an unqualified masterpiece representing the pinnacle of modern fantasy. Simply put, it is great fantasy as great literature. "SF""" A smart, stark steampunk fantasy. It's gritty and magical and, in sensibility, is similar to Neil Gaiman's "Neverwhere" and "MirrorMask. "Original and dashing, "The Dragons of Babel" is a breath of fresh air. "Starlog" If you haven't read Michael Swanwick yet, you've been missing some wonderful prose . Con men and ward heelers, cluricauns and hobgoblins, and a stunningly beautiful elf-woman who rides a hippogriff all entice and enrapture Will, and the reader as well. "The San Diego Union-Tribune""
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About Michael Swanwick

MICHAEL SWANWICK lives in Philadelphia, PA. He has won five Hugo Awards and one Nebula Award (for Best Novel).
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1,047 ratings
3.71 out of 5 stars
5 26% (273)
4 36% (377)
3 26% (267)
2 8% (83)
1 4% (47)
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