THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS
The House of Shattered Wings will grab readers and force them to pay attention to the amazing writing and the phenomenal characters. de Bodard will sweep you up into the dark and dirty world Paris has become. The characters are very vivid and will stay with you until long after the last page, as each of them is fighting and longing for something. The writing style rendered the characters’ feelings and emotional turmoil beautifully. Watching Philippe and Isabelle work through their “connection” is fascinating and lovely. There’s so much going on, and every character has their own past, their own tragic history. It’s a whirlwind, it’s heartbreaking and it’s one of the best fantasy novels of 2015.
The Great War between the arcane powers has left the streets of Paris in ruins. Beautiful monuments like Notre Dame are now burnt rubble, hollowed-out shells, and the Seine runs black with dirt and debris. The Great Houses have risen up from the filth to gather the fallen to them — those who sinned in Heaven and can no longer fly. There are struggles within the Houses: House Silverspires’ founder has been missing for a long time, and the magic is starting to fade. Selene is trying to hold House Silverspires together, Madeleine is trying to heal herself — or just live — Isabelle and Philippe are connected, but for what purpose? There are people within the walls of House Silverspires who want to see it rise up … and those who want to see it fall. (ROC, Aug., 416 pp., $26.95)