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The multi-award-winning author of The House of Shattered Wings continues her Dominion of the Fallen saga as Paris endures the aftermath of a devastating arcane war....
As the city rebuilds from the onslaught of sorcery that nearly destroyed it, the great Houses of Paris, ruled by Fallen angels, still contest one another for control over the capital.
House Silverspires was once the most powerful, but just as it sought to rise again, an ancient evil brought it low. Phillippe, an immortal who escaped the carnage, has a singular goal—to resurrect someone he lost. But the cost of such magic might be more than he can bear.
In House Hawthorn, Madeleine the alchemist has had her addiction to angel essence savagely broken. Struggling to live on, she is forced on a perilous diplomatic mission to the underwater dragon kingdom—and finds herself in the midst of intrigues that have already caused one previous emissary to mysteriously disappear....
As the Houses seek a peace more devastating than war, those caught between new fears and old hatreds must find strength—or fall prey to a magic that seeks to bind all to its will.
About the Author
Aliette de Bodard is an engineer, a writer, and a keen amateur cook. Her love of mythology and history led her to speculative fiction early on. She is the author of The House of Shattered Wings, the first Dominion of the Fallen Novel, plus numerous short stories, the Aztec noir trilogy Obsidian and Blood, and the award-nominated On a Red Station, Drifting, a space opera based on Vietnamese culture. She has won two Nebula Awards and a Locus Award.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the sequel of House of Shattered Wings. May be read stand alone but you would miss some references. It is a pleasure to follow the new life of some of the previous protagonists (Madeleine and Philippe) while quickly getting fond of the new characters (Francoise, Thuan). The universe get more and more complex with a very dynamic world building. Protagonists are not visiting a world but changing it. Like Silverspire in the first book, the house of Hawthorn will not ever be the same after this book. The author tackles themes that often lack in science fiction or fantasy: parenthood, birth giving, the feeling of belonging to a group or a culture, colonialism... Last and not least, the pace and the writing are really taking. I was reading only on public transportation and I was really looking forward to my daily commute. This book made me miss my stop more than once! I hope this series to go on for many more books of this quality.
This is the second book in a two book (so far) series. (House of Shattered Wings is the first) I really liked the central character, who is essentially trying to be a good person in a very difficult world. These books are beautifully written and filled with wonders (that the characters themselves don't always appreciate, but we as readers can).
I really appreciate that for all that these books are about fallen angels and the machinations of Houses, the best that they can do is shuffle the counters in a crumbling city. The victories are won by the lost and powerless, the broken and healing who manage to pick themselves up one last time and succeed by rejecting the games of power.