The Stacks — The House of Shattered Wings

House of Shattered Wings


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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 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 naïve 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.


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