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Publisher Description

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 aftermath of a Great War between arcane powers. 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.

GENRE
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
RELEASED
2015
August 18
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
416
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
1.7
MB

Customer Reviews

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Marko

Perhaps I should not have read this after reading "dead lands" and "jinni and the golem" but this book pales so much in comparison. The premise of the story does have a lot of potential but the characters are so one-dimensional that it was truly difficult to care for anything that happened to them. By extension the entire story feels flat, parts meant to be suspenseful feel empty, emotional ones feel campy and so on. In the end the intriguing premise is all there is here, the book itself just a slow walk to a conclusion that is meant to be emotional but feels hallow because, like the rest of the book, at its core are so many half developed caricatures of emotions.

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