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The House of Shattered Wings

(Dominion of the Fallen #1)

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  4,087 ratings  ·  887 reviews
A superb murder mystery, on an epic scale, set against the fall out – literally – of a war in Heaven.

Paris has survived the Great Houses War – just. Its streets are lined with haunted ruins, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine runs black with ashes and rubble. Yet life continues among the wreckage. The citizens continue to live, love, fight and survive in their
Paperback, 402 pages
Published August 20th 2015 by Gollancz (first published August 18th 2015)
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Such a hard time getting started on this, partly me, partly Bodard. The graphic harvesting of the angels was so dark, unlikable, irredeemable. The fallen angel, the street urchins attempting to harvest body parts, and a dusty, deserted building with a heavily protected woman 'rescuing,' sort of, and the boy who just participated in chopping off her finger. Contrast with California Bones which uses an equally gruesome concept but has action and plotting to keep it moving. I see the echoes of de B ...more
Feb 26, 2016 rated it liked it
After a strong start, I was delighted to feel a little sympathy for the devil, revelling in a prodigal use of magic, the temptations and the promise of learning a new magical craft, but soon after, I wondered why we were stuck in the house...

And then the book turned into a murder mystery! Oh! Fallen angels and the Jade Emperor and even more all mixed into a multiple mythos pot and we've got rivalries between the houses becoming more and more prominent.

All well and good. Sort of.

The problem I ran
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2015/08/14/b...

t all begins with a fallen angel. The War in Heaven has come to Paris – or what’s left of it. The proud city is a ruin now, the once beautiful Seine clogged with the ashes of the dead and destroyed. House Silverspires, which used to be one of the most powerful Fallen factions, has followed Paris’ downfall into decay and disarray. It is thought that the House’s founder Morningstar has abandoned them, or he may be dead; ei
Althea Ann
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Beautiful setting - an alternate-history Paris, devastated by wars both terrestrial and magical, decaying but still filled with terrible beauty. Gangs run the streets, and others cluster to Houses for protection - Houses run with ruthless amorality by fallen angels.
Biblical, Vietnamese, and Greek myths mix beautifully with original fantastic elements in this world.

Here, Philippe, a Vietnamese man brought to Paris as a conscripted soldier and then abandoned to the streets, is brought against his
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars.

The House of Shatterd Wings is a very interesting book. It’s a blend of post-apocalyptic urban fantasy, historical fiction and mystery, set in a Paris as fallen as the angels who inhabit it, with some influences from Vietnamese and Greek mythology. It could be seen as a murder mystery, but I find it's mostly about political intrigue between fallen angels and their Houses, a story of murderous magic and very old grudges. I’ve never found anything similar, and I probably never will.

Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received an ARC through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

I liked the premise, I really did—not to mention that theme of the broken, rotting throne at night against the backdrop of a ruined Paris. There's something both sick and magical to such a city. The Seine river blackened and polluted by magic turned sour, horrors lurking in its waters. Gangs scrapping remnants in order to survive, Fallen angels being their favourite preys, preys that end stripped up of blood and bone and bas
I really want to give this more stars. The world-building is gorgeous, the settings atmospheric and much of the writing is both and more, sentence by sentence at least. I loved the concepts, and the blend of multicultural mythology brought to life.

However the characters feel so... distant, and there is such an unemotional tone throughout that I struggled to care even slightly about their fate. I can barely remember most of the names, and there were some really lovely ones too. Much is made of a
Dec 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The alternate history Paris, with its ruined buildings and dark magic and self-serving Houses and gangs, is remarkably richly envisioned.

The story of intrigues and a inexplicable supernatural deaths was also pretty interesting.

The least satisfactory element was the characters. I found them pretty universally dislikable. Philippe was the most sympathetic to me, but then he had no power and was a prisoner, so who's to say that he wouldn't have been just as selfish and arrogant and high-handed gi
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-sf-for-adults
OK, so I read an early draft of this book a year or two ago and thought that it was awesome...but the final version is even So Much Better, which is saying a LOT!

I read this book from beginning to end on an overnight flight between the US and UK last night, with many, many distractions going on around me (i.e. I was traveling with my kids) - but I was absolutely gripped by this novel the whole way. It is such a beautiful, powerful, genuinely haunting fantasy. Set in a post-apocalyptic Paris rav
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt-rep, sapphic-rep
“Power is power. Those who hold it seldom remember where they came from.”

TW: Violence, drugs.

REP : Vietnamese MC, lesbian MC, w/w relationship, m/m relationship, black side character.

4/5 stars!

Look, fallen angels have never been my thing and I think, part of what fucked it up was The Mortal Instruments series (I´m sorry ya´ll) but when I heard of this (thank you, random internet page) I decided to give it a chance. It sounded interesting enough. It is interesting, to an extent at least.

Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
3.5 stars rounded down.

Richly imagined and decadently written story of Fallen angel politics set in post-apocalyptic War era Paris. You don't get much more background than that as the characters work their way through the chaos that befalls them, but you don't really need it as it all unfolds very nicely using several different points of view.

There was a lot to like here, with an interesting premise and setting and some diverse characters, but I wanted a tiny bit more spark from them in order
I received this via Goodreads FirstReads in exchange for an honorable review.

Loved the concept, but just couldn't get into the story:(

"It's not you book, it's me"
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was excited to read this book, because I know Aliette and consider her a bit of a friend. I've really enjoyed her short fiction in the past. The characters and settings are fresh and strange to me and I enjoy that. This novel is no different. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic Paris unlike the one we know. This one has always been ruled by magic, the magic of Fallen angels. There was a war between factions, or Houses, of Fallen who run life in Paris and life is hard. De Bodard's characters a ...more
Ken Liu
I blurbed this book:

Lyrical, sophisticated, lush, suspenseful—HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS brings to life an exciting world of deep magic and complex, layered characters infused with de Bodard's unique awareness of the flow of currents of power in a colonial landscape.
Jan 29, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnfed
Really... what the fucking fuck is this shit? Sorry for all the strong words but... I really have NO IDEA whatsoever what I was reading apart from a dhiarrea of words. Lots of words to explain lots of nothings and no movings forwards. So fallen angels. Wars on heavens. People who steal angels parts and blood for drugs and to do magics with it. And murders. And a guy who is human but no and is sth more but also all of before but no and something more but no but yes but no but yes but who knows bu ...more
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
Publisher: Roc
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 Great Magicians’ War left a trail
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Full Review at Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2015/0...

4.5/5 stars

The House of Shattered wings is a fresh and intriguing book that has a fascinating take on fallen angels in 1930s Paris. Much like a mafia or gang style set up, their are rival houses of Fallen angels. The city is trying to recover from a magical war, it is suffering and scarred but recovering. It’s dark, broken and beautiful, much like the fallen angels themselves. I was quite taken by the prose and the world bu
Sherwood Smith
ARC provided by NetGalley

Fallen angels have been a popular trope in the last few years, sometimes centered around various versions of Milton’s smilingly cruel and beautiful Lucifer, and so it is here. As Morningstar, he was the leader of House Silverspires, one of a number of Houses in an alternate Paris nearly destroyed by a magical battle called the Great War. Then twenty years ago he vanished, and his student Selene took over the House, whose fortunes have been falling ever since.

The book is
2020-06: 4 stars.
I love Aliette de Bodard’s writing. It’s smart and sharp, with dark and brilliant colours running through it. As well, there’s often a deconstruction of colonialism, and wonderfully rendered, fraught relationships.
In this series, we have an alternate history of Paris, years after a terrible war at the turn of the century between Houses. The Houses' rulers and many of the residents are fallen angels.
At the start of this story, there are numerous tensions, again, between the Ho
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A brilliant new entry.. I really enjoyed this book. Full review to come.
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
2.5 stars

Am I doomed to dislike all the winners of 2016's major SFF awards? I didn't like Uprooted, and it won the Nebula Award AND a Locus Award. Apex won the latest PKD, and I was so disappointed in that. And now I didn't like The House of Shattered Wings, which won the BSFA.

The story is set in a post-war Paris. Fallen angels started a war, devastated the area, then formed Houses (what ARE the houses? Mini-communities sheltered by the power of the Fallen in this wasteland?). But, because the F
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: angels, fantasy
It’s hard to pull together my feelings and thoughts on this book, for some reason. I remember not being sure about the first 100 pages — particularly with the brutal butchery at the beginning, and I’m being pretty literal about the butchery — but then I got really into it, ended up reading obliviously until my dinner was stone cold, and finished it off in one great gulp. And promptly started recommending it to people. And yet right now, it’s hard to put my finger on it: part of it is the Paris o ...more
Aug 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
The ideas and Parisian setting are interesting, the writing is competent, and yet The House of Shattered Wings is a joyless slog through a devastated world. I can't remember the last time I read a book in which people took so little joy in being alive. I think it actually killed my vacation mood (or maybe that was the fires/pandemic/climate change news - hard to say).

It sounded promising enough. Paris, a shadow of its former self after massive immortal warfare, is populated by fallen angels and
Maja Ingrid
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
2021 Reread. Despite the ending being a tad bit anti-climatic and bit rushed/sudden, I'm keeping it at 4 stars.

Been six years since I last read this book, and I remembered less than I thought I did.

The setting of this book is wonderful. Set in a post- magic war Paris, where fallen angels rules different Houses (which all are striving for power and the downfall of the other houses). A Paris that still hasn't completely managed to rebuild itself. The book focuses particularly on one House, that
Niall Alexander
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Despite having written a trilogy of full-on, fifteenth-century Aztec fantasy, Aliette de Bodard is most known for her short stories — especially 'Immersion', which swept the speculative awards scene in 2013 — and as big a fan of such fiction as I am, the form seems to to be going nowhere slowly, at least in terms of its readership.

Not so the genre novel. The House of Shattered Wings, then, is just the thing: a suspenseful supernatural narrative focusing on fallen angels as they fight for power i

Mon avis en Français

My ENglish review

I have not read books about angels for a long time, so when I saw the release of this book, I was immediately curious about the story. The whole book set in France was also intriguing, especially when it remains the same throughout the novel. This is not something to which I am accustomed to, besides books from French authors but I was intrigued by the idea.

I spoke about angels, but actually we don’t follow them but the fallen angels from paradise and
Didi Chanoch
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The House of Shattered Wings is deeply dark, and deeply beautiful.

I won't talk about plot, as publication date is months away, but I will say this: This is a book about responsibility, anger, justice, colonialism, power and power structures. It is about intent, and its relation to effect. It is about darkness within and without. It is about depression and self worth.

It is about all of those things, but it is also about beauty and fallen angels in a long past Paris that never was.

Aliette de Bo
5 Stars

One of the very best reads of 2015!!!!

“All you hold dear will be shattered; all that you built will fall into dust; all that you gathered will be borne away by the storm . . .”

House of Shattered Wings was one of my most anticipated reads for 2015. I was grabbed first by the beautiful cover, second by my love for the author, and finally by the awesome story line.
Aliette de Bodard not only met my high expectations with this book, she totally exceeded it. Might earn my favorite read of the
Kate Elliott
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An intense, beautiful, brutal journey written with an eye for the stunning, vivid detail and the cruel demands of duty, loyalty, and leadership. Its portrait of a ruined Paris ruled by fallen angels is one I won’t soon forget.
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Terrific audio narration a. The characters fell a bit flat for me but overall an enjoyable listen.
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Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris. She has won three Nebula Awards, an Ignyte Award, a Locus Award, a British Fantasy Award and four British Science Fiction Association Awards, and was a double Hugo finalist for 2019 (Best Series and Best Novella).

Her most recent book is Fireheart Tiger (Tor.com), a sapphic romantic fantasy inspired by pre colonial Vietnam, where a diplomat princess must

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