The House of Shattered Wings

The House of Shattered Wings

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"Multi-award winning author Aliette de Bodard, brings her story of the War in Heaven to Paris, igniting the City of Light in a fantasy of divine power and deep conspiracy... In the late Twentieth Century, the streets of Paris are lined with haunted ruins. The Great Magicians' War left a trail of devastation in its wake. The Grand Magasins have been reduced to piles of debris, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine has turned black with ashes and rubble and the remnants of the spells that tore the city apart. But those that survived still retain their irrepressible appetite for novelty and distraction, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over France's once grand capital. Once the most powerful and formidable, House Silverspires 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 angel; an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction; and a resentful young man wielding spells of unknown origin. They may be Silverspires' salvation--or the architects of its last, irreversible fall. And if Silverspires falls, so may the city itself"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Roc,, [2015]
Description: 402 pages ; 24 cm
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780451477385
Branch Call Number: Boda


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Oct 26, 2016

De Bodard has crammed so much into this book, and a lot of the elements are interesting on their own, but when you take it all together it's a big mess. This is supposed to be the first of two books, but I'm not really sure where she's going with this story...

Oct 16, 2016

I'm not sure where I went wrong with this. But the plot never grabbed me and the characters never really formed in my mind.

I feel like the world building took too long to develop so the mental image was always fuzzy around the edges.

The same can be said for the characters, as specifically, why I should care about their fates. The scenes of the fallen being attacked and descriptions of what was done to them prevented me from feeling sympathy for the humans while the lack of care paid toward the humans by the more powerful fallen prevented me from emotionally investing in either side of the divide.

I'm not going to be finishing this. Though it may be fabulous for others it simply didn't grab my attention and there are far too many other books waiting for my time.

The prose can get repetitive at times - but if you want a gloriously moody, goth atmosphere (that feels a lot like the Underworld movie series but with actual racial diversity and gay characters), a crumbling yet still impressive Paris, or a story of internecine struggle among the ruthless nobility of a dystopian world, this book is absolutely for you.

Jan 17, 2016

I'd really looked forward to this, having read Obsidian and Blood-which was excellent. Big disPpoinyment. Disjointed, contrived, unsympathetic characters.

ChristchurchLib Nov 23, 2015

Historical Fantasy. In the smouldering ruins of Paris, devastated by supernatural war, Fallen angels have created a hierarchical system of Houses through which they rule what's left of the city. House Silverspires reigns supreme until its founder vanishes, leaving a power vacuum that rival Houses are only too eager to fill. Restoring Silverspires to its former glory will depend on the actions of four individuals: House leader Selene; drug-addicted alchemist Madeleine; Vietnamese immortal Philippe, neither angel nor fully human; and newly Fallen angel Isabelle, who possesses raw talent to rival that of founder Morningstar. Lush and atmospheric, this historical fantasy novel boasts detailed world-building and complex, flawed characters. Fantasy newsletter November 2015

Nov 01, 2015

She tells a good story. Well written. I enjoyed it.

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Nov 01, 2015

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