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?

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