Aliette de Bodard - The House of Shattered Wings - Orion Publishing Group

Time remaining

  • -- days
  • -- hours
  • -- minutes
  • -- seconds
Other Formats
  • E-Book £P.O.R.
    More information
    • ISBN:9781473212589
    • Publication date:20 Aug 2015

The House of Shattered Wings

By Aliette de Bodard
Read by Peter Kenny

  • Downloadable audio file
  • £P.O.R.

A superb murder mystery, on an epic scale, set against the fall out - literally - of a war in heaven. Unabridged edition.

Paris in the aftermath of the Great Magicians War. Its streets are lined with haunted ruins, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine runs black, thick with ashes and rubble. Yet life continues among the wreckage. The citizens retain their irrepressible appetite for novelty and distraction, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over France's once grand capital.

House Silverspires, previously the leader of those power games, 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, an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction, and a resentful young man wielding spells from the Far East. They may be Silverspires' salvation; or the architects of its last, irreversible fall . . .

Read by Peter Kenny

(p) 2015 Orion Publishing Group

Biographical Notes

Aliette de Bodard is one of the Writers of the Future, has won two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and a BSFA Award. She has also been a finalist for the Hugo, Sturgeon, and Tiptree Awards, making her one of our most-lauded contemporary fiction writers.
A writer by night, by day she is a qualified engineer, specialising in Applied Mathematics.

She lives in Paris, in a flat with more computers than she really needs.

You can learn more at www.aliettedebodard.com or by following @aliettedb on twitter.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781409160410
  • Publication date: 20 Aug 2015
  • Page count:
  • Imprint: Orion
an intriguing mystery, elegantly written... with carefully crafted characters both with layers and depth, De Bodard reflects the best and worst of human nature in her novel — The Guardian
I strongly urge you to get House of Shattered Wings: it offers something a little different; a superb blend of intrigue, mystery and magic and urban fantasy; it's brilliantly written; and the story is gripping. I can't wait for the sequel. Very highly recommended. — CIVILIAN READER
Reading this novel felt like a very intimate experience, the characters and landscape are so well developed with such detail that one feels as if they are walking alongside them as the story unfolds... Ambience abounds in this novel. — Geek Syndicate
Aliette de Bodard has made a name for herself imagining futures and alternate histories that showcase non-Western cultural landscapes and characters...this is smart and nuanced storytelling — SFX
Fascinating, moving and hugely readable — SCI-FI NOW
This book is wreathed in mythology, magic and mysticism and it is such a compelling read that maybe the book itself is magic — Fantasy Book Review
There's an intelligence-and, yes, an elegance-to The House of Shattered Wings that is as rare and precious as angel essence. — TOR.COM
The devastated Paris of Aliette de Bodard's novel is especially haunting. This is partly because de Bodard, a Nebula Award-winning French-Vietnamese writer, lives in Paris and can convey a visceral sense of immediacy to a ruined Notre Dame or the remains of the grand department stores, and partly it's because of the sheer lyricism of her prose...A series of mysterious deaths turns the novel into a surprising but compelling murder mystery, which plays out according to the supernatural terms de Bodard has laid out so evocatively. — The Chicago Tribune
De Bodard aptly mixes moral conflicts and the desperate need to survive in a fantastical spy thriller that reads like a hybrid of le Carré and Milton, all tinged with the melancholy of golden ages lost. — Publishers Weekly
In the end, de Bodard manages to weave together the backstories and fates of the various characters...into a novel that is both haunting and original, its sense of loss almost palpable, and it setting not quite like anything else in modern fantasy. — Locus
Aliette de Bodard presents a gritty, otherworldly Paris in her fast-paced, fantastical thriller. — The Washington Post
It's a grim story with high-flown conventions, but by finding so much ugliness even in supernatural beauty, de Bodard makes both seem more compelling, and more concrete. — NPR.com
A fascinating Paris of decay and cruelty. ­Phillippe is a marvel of a character. — Library Journal
French-Vietnamese author Aliette de Bodard ventures into the realm of gothic fantasy and manages to create - despite the hoary premise of fallen angels and ancient curses - something startlingly and creepily original. — The Guardian
The House of Shattered Wings is an enthralling and fully submerging read with an intriguing power structure and a setting that has both an unknown and yet familiarly gothic feel to it. — WE LOVE THIS BOOK
I have said previously in a review of her work that Aliette de Bodard is a writer who deserves attention...and The House of Shattered Wings is the perfect way to discover her work — SF Signal
Its intriguing mix of mythos and magic is a perfect introduction to Aliette de Bodard's new creation and I'm already looking forward to sequels. This is definitely Paris like you've never seen before. — Upcoming4Me
Stylishly written, this is the most original piece of fiction - I find that "Fantasy" is far too restrictive - you're likely to come across this year. A wonderful introduction to Aliette de Bodard, who is already an award-winning short story writer, The House of Shattered Wings is an excellent showcase for this mighty talent and adds yet another author to this reader's "must-read" list. — READER DAD
This is a story unlike anything I've read before. Two aspects have burned an impression into my mind: the unusual tale itself and the writing - the beautiful, almost unearthly writing. — Fantasy Faction
If you are on the lookout for something fresh and exciting in Dark Urban Fantasy, this is the book for you. — The Book Plank
The House of Shattered Wings is a murder mystery set in a sumptuous and enchanting world, that will draw you in with it's vivid world weaving, and infectious atmosphere. — Realitysabore
The House of Shattered Wings is many things. It's a murder mystery. It's a post-apocalyptic survival tale. It's a steel-cold look at protagonists who are antiheroes. It's a slow-burn Gothic narrative with plenty of tension and a sense of impending doom that retains elegance and poise and never comes crashing down. Bodard's worldbuilding is rich, her writing is sophisticated, almost regal in style. But more importantly, and poignantly, The House of Shattered Wings is also a story about imperialism, about displacement and belonging, about loyalties and the desperate desire to simply return to your own tribe. — STRANGE HORIZONS
With a combination of mythologies and folklore, The House of Shattered Wings is filled with beautiful descriptive settings, interesting and diverse characters, magic and the alchemy. It is a place where Paris is dark, beautiful, ruined and magical... just like the Fallen who rule it. — BOOK NERD REVIEWS
It is a great mix of styles that come together in a satisfyingly complex web of magic and intrigue and I'm looking forward to exploring this world further in book two. — SF Crowsnest
Orion

The Other Sister

Elle Croft
Authors:
Elle Croft

First there was The Guilty Wife. Now read Elle Croft's next twisty psychological suspense novel, The Other Sister.**************************How far would you go...Gina Mills is desperate to be a newsreader, but her boss - the director of the struggling Channel Eight, won't help.Walking home one night, Gina stumbles upon a dead body, and after calling the police, she makes the split-second decision to report the murder live. When questioned by the police, Gina can't remember specific details about her discovery, but these memory gaps are explained away as shock. ...to uncover your family's deadly secret?But when Gina finds a second body, it's clear she's being targeted. But why? And how is this connected to the death of Gina's younger sister so many years ago?************************** Praise for Elle Croft's first novel, the intensely gripping The Guilty Wife 'I couldn't put this down. Pacy and gripping.' Cass Green, author of the number 1 ebook bestseller The Woman Next Door'An accomplished debut with a relentless and intense pace that kept me completely rapt and eager to find out answers. I loved the final twist.' KL Slater, international bestselling author of Safe With Me, Blink and Liar.'A gripping psychological thriller. This debut is skilfully plotted and I had to keep turning the pages as the tension increased - I just couldn't put it down. And the ending! You just have to read it. I am looking forward to more from Elle Croft.' Patricia Gibney, bestselling author of The Missing Ones'A gripping portrayal of a woman under fire, which explores the blurry boundaries of innocence and guilt. The Guilty Wife will make you question those closest to you as the plot unfolds at pace, with an ending that pulls the rug from under your feet. A brilliant debut.' Phoebe Morgan, author of The Doll House'Twisty and fast-moving, The Guilty Wife kept me guessing until the very end! A great read.' Isabel Ashdown, author of Little Sister and Beautiful Liars'What a clever idea! This kept me reading through the night to see how 'the guilty wife' would get out of this one...' Jane Corry, author of My Husband's Wife and Blood Sisters.'I read The Guilty Wife in an intense two day sitting. Brilliant.' Niki Mackay, author of I,Witness.

W&N

Wrecked

Joe Ide
Authors:
Joe Ide
Orion Spring

The Book of Spirit

Sue Patton Thoele
Authors:
Sue Patton Thoele

A book that imparts a sense of safety and serenity in a world that seems increasingly scary and dangerous. Each of the ten sections have ten to fifteen meditations. Those ten points of focus are: re-greening arid places; embodying heart energy; nourishing our souls; intertwining soul-strands; honouring sacred rights and responsibilities; creating spiritual touchstones; awakening to wisdom; enrolling in saint's school; ascending to gratitude; embracing angels and other emissaries. This is an inspirational pick-me-up for women, meant to be read over and over again throughout the course of a year.

Gollancz

Cold Iron

Miles Cameron
Authors:
Miles Cameron

Aranthur is a student. He showed a little magical talent, is studying at the local academy, and is nothing particularly special. Others are smarter. Others are more talented. Others are quicker to pick up techniques. But none of them are with him when he breaks his journey home for the holidays in an inn. None of them step in to help when a young woman is thrown off a passing stage coach into the deep snow at the side of the road. And none of them are drawn into a fight to protect her.One of the others might have realised she was manipulating him all along . . .A powerful story about beginnings, coming of age, and the way choosing to take one step towards violence can lead to a slippery and dangerous slope, this is an accomplished fantasy series driven by strong characters and fast-paced action.'A stirring, gritty and at times quite brutal epic fantasy' Tor.com'This series promises to be the standout epic fantasy for the ages' Fantasy Book Critic

Orion

Him

Clare Empson
Authors:
Clare Empson

'Gripping, involving, heartbreaking ... really interesting and thought-provoking on the impact of shame and silence.' Laura Marshall, author of Friend RequestIt all started with ... HIM.Catherine has become mute. She has witnessed something so disturbing that she simply can't speak - not to her husband, her children, or her friends. The doctors say the only way forward is to look into her past. Catherine needs to start with Him. Lucian.Catherine met the love of her life at university and was drawn into his elite circle of privileged, hedonistic friends. But one night it all falls apart and she leaves him, shattering his life forever. Still, fifteen years later, Lucian haunts every one of Catherine's quiet moments, and when they are unexpectedly reunited, their love reignites with explosive force. But they can't move on from what happened all those years ago. In fact, uncovering the truth will cause their lives to implode once again. This time, with disastrous consequences.

W&N

A Double Life

Flynn Berry
Authors:
Flynn Berry
Gollancz

Snapshot

Brandon Sanderson
Authors:
Brandon Sanderson

From New York Times #1 bestselling author Brandon Sanderson comes a detective thriller in a police beat like no other. Anthony Davis and his partner Chaz are the only real people in a city of 20 million, sent there by court order to find out what happened in the real world 10 days ago so that hidden evidence can be brought to light and located in the real city today.Within the re-created Snapshot of May 1st, Davis and Chaz are the ultimate authorities. Flashing their badges will get them past any obstruction and overrule any civil right of the dupes around them. But the crimes the detectives are sent to investigate seem like drudgery - until they stumble upon the grisly results of a mass killing that the precinct headquarters orders them not to investigate. That's one order they have to refuse.The hunt is on. And though the dupes in the replica city have no future once the Snapshot is turned off, that doesn't mean that both Davis and Chaz will walk out of it alive tonight.

Gollancz

Ravencry

Ed McDonald
Authors:
Ed McDonald

For Ryhalt Galharrow, working for Crowfoot as a Blackwing captain is about as bad as it gets - especially when his orders are garbled, or incoherent, or impossible to carry out.The Deep Kings are hurling fire from the sky, a ghost in the light known only as the Bright Lady had begun to manifest in visions across the city, and the cult that worship her grasp for power while the city burns around them.Galharrow may not be able to do much about the cult - or about strange orders from the Nameless - but when Crowfoot's arcane vault is breached and an object of terrible power is stolen, he's propelled into a race against time to recover it. Only to do that, he needs answers, and finding them means travelling into nightmare: to the very heart of the Misery.RAVENCRY is the second book in the Raven's Mark series, continuing the story that began with the award winning epic fantasy BLACKWING.

Gollancz

Season of Storms

Andrzej Sapkowski
Authors:
Andrzej Sapkowski

The Witcher returns! A brand new novel set in the early days of The Witcher saga - the inspiration behind the bestselling series of games!Geralt. The witcher whose mission is to protect ordinary people from the monsters created with magic. A mutant who has the task of killing unnatural beings. He uses a magical sign, potions and the pride of every witcher - two swords, steel and silver. But what would happen if Geralt lost his weapons? Andrzej Sapkowski returns to his most popular hero in a stand-alone novel where Geralt fights, travels and loves again, Dandelion sings and flies from trouble to trouble, sorcerers are scheming ... and across the whole world clouds are gathering - the season of storms is coming...

Orion

Clash of Empires

Ben Kane
Authors:
Ben Kane
Gateway

The Quest of Kadji

Lin Carter
Authors:
Lin Carter

Zarouk, aging warrior and grandfather to young Kadji, implored the boy to dethrone Prince Yakthodah, vile impostor-heir to the throne of the Dragon Emperor. On Haral, his faithful, black Feridoon pony, and with beautiful, redhaired Thyra at his side, Kadji rode East to vanquish his foe - knowing full well that if he failed to decapitate Yakthodah, he would be branded coward . . . and worse!

Orion

Presumed Dead

Mason Cross
Authors:
Mason Cross

'Mason Cross is a fast-paced, high octane thriller writer.' Simon KernickTHENFifteen years ago, an unidentified killer terrorised northern Georgia, killing hikers with two shots from a pistol, before disposing of the bodies along the remote trails and in the rivers in the vicinity of Blood Mountain. The killer was never brought to justice. NOWCarter Blake has returned home for the first time in many years. The visit stirs old memories, including a girl from school who vanished without a trace. Blake runs into the mother of the girl, who mentions a case she's come across in Georgia, where someone is convinced their relative is still alive, fifteen years on. Adeline Connor was the Blood Mountain Killer's last suspected victim. She vanished without a trace.So why is her brother so convinced she's still alive?'One of the best new series characters since Jack Reacher' Lisa Gardner Read by Eric Meyers(p) Orion Publishing Group 2018

W&N

Bitter

Francesca Jakobi
Authors:
Francesca Jakobi

'Brilliantly paced, moving, thoughtful and sharp. Loved it.' Renée Knight, author of Disclaimer 'Bitter, yes, but also sweet - and moving, and searching, and quietly devastating: a novel to detonate the heart' A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window'Gloriously sinister and yet heartbreaking. Brilliant' Nicci Cloke, author of Close Your EyesIt's 1969, and while the summer of love lingers in London, Gilda is consumed by the mistakes of her past. She walked out on her beloved son Reuben when he was just a boy and fears he'll never forgive her. When Reuben marries a petite blonde gentile, Gilda takes it as the ultimate rejection. Her cold, distant son seems transformed by love - a love she's craved his entire adult life. What does his new wife have that she doesn't? And how far will she go to find out? It's an obsession that will bring shocking truths about the past to light . . .Bitter is a beautiful and devastating novel about the decisions that define our lives, the fragility of love and the bond between mother and son.

Trapeze

My Little Eye

Stephanie Marland, Stephanie Broadribb
Authors:
Stephanie Marland, Stephanie Broadribb
Gollancz

The Fall of Dragons

Miles Cameron
Authors:
Miles Cameron
Trapeze

Tattletale

Sarah J. Naughton
Authors:
Sarah J. Naughton
Gollancz

Sea of Rust

C. Robert Cargill
Authors:
C. Robert Cargill
Orion

We All Begin As Strangers

Harriet Cummings
Authors:
Harriet Cummings

If you loved THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP by Joanna Cannon, ELIZABETH IS MISSING by Emma Healey and THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY by Rachel Joyce, you'll adore this wonderful British debut novel.1984, EnglandSomeone is slipping into homes through back doors and open windows in the village of Heathcote. What's more, the perpetrator knows everything about everyone - leaving curious objects in their homes, or taking things from them.When beloved Anna goes missing, the whole community fears she's been kidnapped.But as the villagers search for Anna, it's their own darkest secrets they're desperate to keep hidden...Inspired by real events, and with a brilliant cast of characters, WE ALL BEGIN AS STRANGERS is a beautiful debut novel you'll want to recommend to everyone.*******Praise for WE ALL BEGIN AS STRANGERS:'A dazzling debut... Beautifully plotted, fantastically written and compellingly strange' - DAILY MAIL'I can see why it has been compared to THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP as it has such a warm but heartbreaking feel to it' - Kate, Amazon reviewer'A book about community and how trusts can be so easily broken' - WRITING.IE'Explores ideas of loneliness and longing' - THE i NEWSPAPER

Gollancz

The House of Binding Thorns

Aliette de Bodard
Authors:
Aliette de Bodard

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.'A superb blend of intrigue, mystery and magic and urban fantasy; it's brilliantly written; and the story is gripping' Civilian Reader

Gollancz

The Lady of the Lake

Andrzej Sapkowski
Authors:
Andrzej Sapkowski