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- Print Length: 367 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147321260X
- Publisher: Gollancz (6 April 2017)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01IRM2D3O
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- Customer reviews: 39 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,353 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One of the most influential voice in fantasy today. (STARBURST)
Truly beautifully balanced: between new and old, birth and death, beauty and ugliness, inside and outside, beginning and, yes, ending. It walks the line, and walks it fine. (TOR.COM)
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)
There's so much going on here: social commentary, myths and fairy tales that often feel under-represented in genre fiction, a gripping adventure and an affecting love story. The author has gone from strength to strength. (SciFiNow)
I have rarely read such a brilliantly executed piece of work... This is a must read for everyone who enjoys complex fantasies with well-developed characters and sophisticated worldbuilding. (INTERZONE)
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)
If you like fantasy which is intelligent and definitely non-formulaic, then I would absolutely recommend this book. (BSFG) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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 . . .
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We see familiar faces in new contexts, make new friends, get to know old enemies better and uncover unexpected secrets. I found this a gripping read from start to finish - just about approachable as a stand alone, but all the richer if you have the context of The House of Shattered Wings.
...and if anything, I think Thorns is even better than Wings – unburdened by the need to set the scene, it is free to develop its themes at pace and push the world-building in intriguing new directions. Expect explorations of moral ambiguity and fierce loyalty, with a cast of forceful characters who possess unexpected depths.
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I originally received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, but subsequently bought a copy - this has become one of my favourite fantasy trilogies, where the whole is more than the sum of its parts.
A must read from my current favorite author.
I felt there were a few to many characters which made it a touch confusing at points. I would have preferred less characters, giving them space to blossom as they're all interesting but some do so post on thin pickings.
Other than that, I liked it. Plenty of intrigue, twists and a properly unpleasant, but complex, vilian in Asmodeus.
Top international reviews
The first novel was a taut, atmospheric murder mystery set in House Silverspires. In the follow-up novel, the action shifts to Silverspires’ rival, House Hawthorn. A few characters from the first novel make their reappearance. Philippe, an outcast Vietnamese Immortal, is trying to resurrect a dear (and dead) friend. Madeline, a mortal alchemist addicted to angel essence (a drug which is the distillation of angel magic), has been dragged reluctantly back to service in House Hawthorn, and is simply trying to survive. The head of House Hawthorn, Asmodeus, is back and sarcastic and cruel as ever. Much of this book, however, is given over to an entirely new cast of characters. And while I was a bit sad at seeing so little of Philippe, there is abundant recompense in these new characters. Thuan is a badass dragon prince and spy who has infiltrated House Hawthorn under the guise of a Houseless teenager of the streets. Francoise and Berith are two Houseless lovers simply trying to survive: Francois is mortal (and heavily pregnant); Berith is an ailing Fallen angel who may die before her mortal lover does. The author’s world of magic and ruins is deepened and expanded in this sequel. The watery dragon kingdom under the river Seine is more fully explored, and the fates of the dragon kingdom and House Hawthorn become entwined. We also learn more about the Vietnamese (termed “Annamite” in this book) diaspora community in Paris. Indeed, for me one of the delights of this book is seeing the strength of this human community, and how it enfolds both Philippe and Francoise (and by extension, Francoise’s partner Berith).
A murder mystery was central to the first novel of this series, The House of Shattered Wings. In The House of Binding Thorns, de Bodard deftly juggles several mysteries. Who is smuggling angel essence into the dragon kingdom? What is really behind Asmodeus’ decision to ally with the dragon kingdom? Who is kidnapping Vietnamese dockworkers and why? Dragon prince Thuan, human Madeline, and others must play detective. Multiple factions battle for power, double-crosses abound, and de Bodard cleverly ties together the different narrative threads. As always, her prose is utterly gorgeous and richly evocative. She moves smoothly from gritty urban realism to scenes of sweeping magic and primal myth (the image of a carnivorous grove of trees is particularly haunting).
As the action builds and accelerates, I found myself reading the last third of the novel at a fast clip, hardly able to put it down. Events sweep to an emotionally satisfying conclusion. This is a wonderful read, as beautiful and brutal as the first novel of the series, and with characters who may be even more emotionally compelling.
*I have a crush on Thuan, that sweet but badass dragon prince. His interactions with Asmodeus are delicious.
**Francoise and Berith are wonderful.
***Madeline really comes into her own. I confess that I found her viewpoint the least compelling in The House of Shattered Wings, but she captured my heart in this book.
Overall: gorgeous writing, lovely characters, and an amazing world I'll come back to again and again.
This opus is as gritty as the previous one, maybe even more so. It is Dark Fantasy at its best and I'd love to see a TV version of this. Congrats to Aliette, loved both books :)
I highly recommend this book and it's predecessor!