Waiting On Wednesday, Vol. 8: “The House of Shattered Wings” by Aliette de Bodard

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases that I’m looking forward to. My WOW postings won’t be weekly, but they’ll come on Wednesdays when my blogging schedule is open and when I add a yet-to-be-published book to my wishlist. 

I haven’t done one of these in a while… and I’m going out on a limb by picking Aliette de Bodard’s The House of Shattered WingsBy that, I mean that I haven’t read de Bodard’s work before. Nor have I heard of her until this year. And then, because I follow Roc Books on Facebook, the blurb and cover for The House of Shattered Wings popped up in my news feed a couple months ago. Wow. The story sounds incredible, and the artwork takes my breath away. So I’m seriously considering checking it out. Has anyone else read de Bodard’s novels? Which ones would you recommend?

House of Shattered Wings cover

The House of Shattered Wings
Aliette de Bodard
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
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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.

What book(s) are you waiting on this Wednesday? Are you also looking forward to The House of Shattered Wings?

EDIT: Comment enabled! Sorry about that. *blushes*

10 thoughts on “Waiting On Wednesday, Vol. 8: “The House of Shattered Wings” by Aliette de Bodard

  1. Oooooh. First of all, congratulations on the awesome new website layout and domain name! What an exciting step for you as a writer! Second, I really like the cover for this book as well. It’s so detailed and the colors go great together (look at that pop of red!). Thanks for the synopsis…my TBR list is wayyyyy too long for its own good, but I’m glad I know about Bodard now! The title alone is enough to pique my interest.


    Wendy Lu Writes


  2. I haven’t read any of Aliette’s work, but I have seen her in action at Fantasycon on several panels and she comes across as a really nice, straightforward person who knows a lot about her craft. You’ve inspired me to get hold of one of her books and dive in – you’re right, the cover is GORGEOUS and I’ve all the depth of a pavement puddle, so it’s definitely swaying me…:)

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