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.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 Itsmagic is ailing its founder, Morningstar, has been missing for decades and now somethingfrom 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 .
The House of Shattered Wings 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 am
Such a hard time getting started on this, partly me, partly Bodard The graphic harvesting of the angels was so dark, unlikable, irredeemable The fallen angel, the street urchins attempting to harvest body parts, and a dusty, deserted building with a heavily protected woman rescuing, sort of, and the boy who just participated in chopping off her finger Contrast with California Bones which uses an equally gruesome concept but has action and plotting to keep it moving I see the echoes of de Bodard [...]
After a strong start, I was delighted to feel a little sympathy for the devil, revelling in a prodigal use of magic, the temptations and the promise of learning a new magical craft, but soon after, I wondered why we were stuck in the houseAnd then the book turned into a murder mystery Oh Fallen angels and the Jade Emperor and even all mixed into a multiple mythos pot and we ve got rivalries between the houses becoming and prominent.All well and good Sort of.The problem I ran into, almost imme [...]
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2015 08 14 bt all begins with a fallen angel The War in Heaven has come to Paris or what s left of it The proud city is a ruin now, the once beautiful Seine clogged with the ashes of the dead and destroyed House Silverspires, which used to be one of the most powerful Fallen factions, has followed Paris downfall into decay and disarray It is thought that the House s founder Morningstar has abandoned them, or he may be dead either way, the fate of [...]
Beautiful setting an alternate history Paris, devastated by wars both terrestrial and magical, decaying but still filled with terrible beauty Gangs run the streets, and others cluster to Houses for protection Houses run with ruthless amorality by fallen angels.Biblical, Vietnamese, and Greek myths mix beautifully with original fantastic elements in this world.Here, Philippe, a Vietnamese man brought to Paris as a conscripted soldier and then abandoned to the streets, is brought against his will [...]
I received an ARC through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review I liked the premise, I really did not to mention that theme of the broken, rotting throne at night against the backdrop of a ruined Paris There s something both sick and magical to such a city The Seine river blackened and polluted by magic turned sour, horrors lurking in its waters Gangs scrapping remnants in order to survive, Fallen angels being their favourite preys, preys that end stripped up of blood and bone and basicall [...]
I really want to give this stars The world building is gorgeous, the settings atmospheric and much of the writing is both and , sentence by sentence at least I loved the concepts, and the blend of multicultural mythology brought to life However the characters feel so distant, and there is such an unemotional tone throughout that I struggled to care even slightly about their fate I can barely remember most of the names, and there were some really lovely ones too Much is made of an apparent conne [...]
SynopsisIn a ruined Paris, fallen angels live together in rival Houses each vying for power in the crumbling, poisonous city that was brought down by their own war The fighting has given way to politics but the threat to life is still very real Angels are hunted for their magical essence, the house leaders scheme and plot in elaborately polite power games, and the dark deeds of the past will not lie quietly in their graves.House Silverspires stands tremulous Its magic is ailing the founder, Morn [...]
OK, so I read an early draft of this book a year or two ago and thought that it was awesomebut the final version is even So Much Better, which is saying a LOT I read this book from beginning to end on an overnight flight between the US and UK last night, with many, many distractions going on around me i.e I was traveling with my kids but I was absolutely gripped by this novel the whole way It is such a beautiful, powerful, genuinely haunting fantasy Set in a post apocalyptic Paris ravaged by the [...]
3.5 stars rounded down Richly imagined and decadently written story of Fallen angel politics set in post apocalyptic War era Paris You don t get much background than that as the characters work their way through the chaos that befalls them, but you don t really need it as it all unfolds very nicely using several different points of view There was a lot to like here, with an interesting premise and setting and some diverse characters, but I wanted a tiny bit spark from them in order to make the [...]
I received this via FirstReads in exchange for an honorable review Loved the concept, but just couldn t get into the story It s not you book, it s me
Review posted on The Eater of Books blog The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de BodardPublisher RocPublication Date August 18, 2015Rating 3 starsSource eARC from NetGalleySummary from 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 wa [...]
Full Review at Tenacious Reader tenaciousreader 2015 04.5 5 starsThe House of Shattered wings is a fresh and intriguing book that has a fascinating take on fallen angels in 1930s Paris Much like a mafia or gang style set up, their are rival houses of Fallen angels The city is trying to recover from a magical war, it is suffering and scarred but recovering It s dark, broken and beautiful, much like the fallen angels themselves I was quite taken by the prose and the world building in this as well [...]
I blurbed this book Lyrical, sophisticated, lush, suspenseful HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS brings to life an exciting world of deep magic and complex, layered characters infused with de Bodard s unique awareness of the flow of currents of power in a colonial landscape.
ARC provided by NetGalleyFallen angels have been a popular trope in the last few years, sometimes centered around various versions of Milton s smilingly cruel and beautiful Lucifer, and so it is here As Morningstar, he was the leader of House Silverspires, one of a number of Houses in an alternate Paris nearly destroyed by a magical battle called the Great War Then twenty years ago he vanished, and his student Selene took over the House, whose fortunes have been falling ever since.The book is se [...]
A brilliant new entry I really enjoyed this book Full review to come.
3.5 5Mon avis en Fran aisMy ENglish reviewI have not read books about angels for a long time, so when I saw the release of this book, I was immediately curious about the story The whole book set in France was also intriguing, especially when it remains the same throughout the novel This is not something to which I am accustomed to, besides books from French authors but I was intrigued by the idea.I spoke about angels, but actually we don t follow them but the fallen angels from paradise and who [...]
Despite having written a trilogy of full on, fifteenth century Aztec fantasy, Aliette de Bodard is most known for her short stories especially Immersion , which swept the speculative awards scene in 2013 and as big a fan of such fiction as I am, the form seems to to be going nowhere slowly, at least in terms of its readership.Not so the genre novel The House of Shattered Wings, then, is just the thing a suspenseful supernatural narrative focusing on fallen angels as they fight for power in a pos [...]
5 StarsOne of the very best reads of 2015 All you hold dear will be shattered all that you built will fall into dust all that you gathered will be borne away by the storm House of Shattered Wings was one of my most anticipated reads for 2015 I was grabbed first by the beautiful cover, second by my love for the author, and finally by the awesome story line Aliette de Bodard not only met my high expectations with this book, she totally exceeded it Might earn my favorite read of the year Lyrical, [...]
It s hard to pull together my feelings and thoughts on this book, for some reason I remember not being sure about the first 100 pages particularly with the brutal butchery at the beginning, and I m being pretty literal about the butchery but then I got really into it, ended up reading obliviously until my dinner was stone cold, and finished it off in one great gulp And promptly started recommending it to people And yet right now, it s hard to put my finger on it part of it is the Paris of the se [...]
The House of Shattered Wings is deeply dark, and deeply beautiful I won t talk about plot, as publication date is months away, but I will say this This is a book about responsibility, anger, justice, colonialism, power and power structures It is about intent, and its relation to effect It is about darkness within and without It is about depression and self worth It is about all of those things, but it is also about beauty and fallen angels in a long past Paris that never was Aliette de Bodard ha [...]
Really what the fucking fuck is this shit Sorry for all the strong words but I really have NO IDEA whatsoever what I was reading apart from a dhiarrea of words Lots of words to explain lots of nothings and no movings forwards So fallen angels Wars on heavens People who steal angels parts and blood for drugs and to do magics with it And murders And a guy who is human but no and is sth but also all of before but no and something but no but yes but no but yes but who knows but can t tell but I ll [...]
3.5 stars Terrific audio narration a The characters fell a bit flat for me but overall an enjoyable listen.
I really enjoyed this story of Fallen angels, humans, and other divine personages among the ruins of an alternate world Paris Would have loved world building details, though.
The story opens up with a fallen angel being dissected by scavengers The land is in ruins as a result of the great war, and angel essence is a much sought after drug Selene, the head of House Silverspires, saves Isabelle and one of the scavengers, Phillipe Selene can tell there is something different about Phillipe and intends to keep a close eye on him.Since the war, the houses have never been too friendly, and when events bring the houses to a conference at House of Silverspires, all hell brea [...]
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.
2.5 starsAm I doomed to dislike all the winners of 2016 s major SFF awards I didn t like Uprooted, and it won the Nebula Award AND a Locus Award Apex won the latest PKD, and I was so disappointed in that And now I didn t like The House of Shattered Wings, which won the BSFA.The story is set in a post war Paris Fallen angels started a war, devastated the area, then formed Houses what ARE the houses Mini communities sheltered by the power of the Fallen in this wasteland But, because the Fallen are [...]
GAH I don t even know where to begin What IS THIS BOOK Part mystery, part alternate history, part urban fantasy, part gorgeous mythic fantasy As in her Obsidian Blood series, de Bodard manages to steep a solid mystery in layers of myth and magic Here, she pulls out all the stops Christian mythology FALLEN ANGELS , Vietnamese folklore DRAGONS , and even some GREEK MYTHOLOGY no spoilers, teehee Every character was so well drawn, and even when I didn t like them or almost hated them, in Selene s ca [...]
I received this book for free from Publisher via Penguin First Reads in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review Genre Fantasy, Post Apocalyptic Rating 3.0 My Thoughts 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 Stores have been reduced to piles of debris, Notre Dame is a burnt out shell of its former self, and the Seine has turned blac [...]
This book reads like nothing so much as someone trying to capture a Vampire LARP game on paper Yes, I know it s angels instead of vampires No, I ve never actually played a Vampire LARP I m not a taking a dig at Vampire LARPS I have friends who enjoy them quite a lot What I am trying to say is that what works in a game space might not necessarily work if someone tries to translate it to the page, and that may not be what s happening here, but it feels like it.Note The rest of this review has been [...]
Read from October 29 to 30, 2015Too much info dump and the characters seemed a little bit too flat for my liking Just not my cup of tea Similar books that I enjoyed