Multiaward-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 20th century, the streets of Paris are lined with haunted ruins. The Great Magicians' War left a trail of devastation in its wake. The grands 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 who 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 naïve 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.
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There are No Miracles in This House
- Dave "I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out."
It won an award - BUT -
I wouldn't listen to it again, but it was certainly interesting the first time. An extravagant trip through another place, in another time with things and people beyond contemporary imagination.
I hated them all; didn't mind the book but I felt everyone was a naff just waiting to be killed.
No real favourite b ut the whole book did create bizzarro visions and pictures. Maybe too much as I struggled keeping it all together.
To Sip an Angels Blood
I wrote BUT -- great book, visually stunning, poetic and descriptive and expertly written by an author with a steady hand and a steady mind. Damn easy to get lost and forget what the hell is going on. Deserving of an award? If we are just talking literary offering, yes, indeed.
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