CALLING ALL FANTASY FANS! A new release to rival the likes of Brandon Sanderson & Patrick Rothfuss- 'The House of Shattered Wings' by Aliette De Bodard (REVIEW)

Monday, 17 August 2015

Genre: Fantasy
Page Count: 400
Release Date: August 2015
Publisher: Orion
Imprint: Gollancz

De Bodard threads a compelling novel from three diverse narratives, resulting in a rich and varied work of fiction within an incredibly dark and deeply unsettling Paris, in a time after the destruction and ruin of a epic magical war on a massive scale.

 An incredibly ecclectic mix of characters (Angels, Substance abusers, gang members and Eastern magic wielders) helps De Bodard to formulate an unforgiving  Post-War power struggle with an eerie alternate Paris as a backdrop. 

With such an endearingly original futuristic setting, it's difficult to understand how De Bodard created such an emotional connection between character and reader. It's so far away from normality- however she makes it possible to believe this unyieldingly twisted future isn't too far away from reality, and somehow these seemingly doomed characters deserve our sympathy.

The unique magic systems to rival those of Brandon Sanderson. It's a much darker and grittier use of magic than I've ever seen before, which adds an edginess and almost cult-like vibe.

Magical Houses battle for superiority and power in an era of great suffering and disdain, with the unrelenting brutality not unlike that shown in Game of Thrones. The hierarchy of the houses mildly reminiscent of the cruelty of class systems and self serving deeds in past centuries. 

The world is under threat from a great and powerful darkness. 

But will they pull together in the aid of their survival, or tarnish their only hopes with their savage ways?

An unrelenting novel with a dizzyingly fast pace, this is definitely one to watch for 2015.

5/5 Stars.

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