The House of Shattered Wings

The House of Shattered Wings

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Paris in the aftermath of the Great Magicians War. Its streets are lined with haunted ruins, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine runs black, thick with ashes and rubble. Yet life continues among the wreckage. The citizens retain their irrepressible appetite for novelty and distraction, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over France's once grand capital. House Silverspires, previously the leader of those power games, now lies in disarray. Its magic is ailing; its founder, Morningstar, has been missing for decades; and now something from the shadows stalks its people inside their very own walls. Within the House, three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen, an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction, and a resentful young man wielding spells from the Far East. They may be Silverspires' salvation; or the architects of its last, irreversible fall ...
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 32mm | 577g
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1473212561
  • 9781473212565
  • 2,537,699

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Brutal, beautiful, bold and brilliant. Aliette de Bodard takes the reality we know and shatters it, creating an original and fascinating world full of shadows, magic and intrigue Freda Warrington, Author of The Dark Arts of Blood De Bodard's The House of Shattered Wings is thoughtful, complex, and engrossing, a fantastical thriller set in a Paris that is both instantly recognizable and yet utterly alien, peopled by characters grotesque, broken, and beautiful - often at the same time Laura Anne Gilman, Nebula-nominated author of Silver on the Road A fascinating and elegant mystery set in the fractured mirror of an alternate Paris. A subtle, hugely enjoyable, mix of fallen angels and human frailty Tom Lloyd, Author of The Twilight Reign A few times in a lifetime, a book comes along that wraps you completely in its world and its characters ... The House of Shattered Wings is one of those books; convincing, gripping and filled with wonders Kari Sperring, Author of The Grass King's Concubine Lyrical, sophisticated, lush, suspenseful ... brings to life an exciting world of deep magic and complex, layered characters Ken Liu, Author of The Grace of Kings The House of Shattered Wings is a Gothic masterpiece of supernatural intrigues, loves and betrayals in a ruined and decadent future Paris - wildly imaginative and completely convincing, this novel will haunt you long after you've put it down Tim Powers, author of The Anubis Gates An intense, beautiful, brutal journey written with an eye for the stunning, vivid detail and the cruel demands of duty, loyalty, and leadership. Its portrait of a ruined Paris ruled by fallen angels is one I won't soon forget Kate Elliot The House of Shattered Wings exists in a rich, evocative Paris that is thick with magical history. Pathos and beauty intertwine in a novel filled with longing Mary Robinette Kowal, Multiple-Hugo award winning author of The Glamourist Histories Fantastic! De Bodard's tale of a post-everything Paris, struggling toward an uncertain future beneath the burden of its imperial sins, burns with vengeful magic and subtle, shining prose Max Gladstone, Author of the Craft Sequence
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About Aliette de Bodard

Aliette de Bodard is one of the Writers of the Future, has won two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and a BSFA Award. She has also been a finalist for the Hugo, Sturgeon, and Tiptree Awards, making her one of our most-lauded contemporary fiction writers. A writer by night, by day she is a qualified engineer, specialising in Applied Mathematics. She lives in Paris, in a flat with more computers than she really needs. You can learn more at or by following @aliettedb on twitter.
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