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The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard Audiobook {3 Stars}

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard is a fresh take on fallen angels set in a Paris I don’t want to visit any time soon! I’m not usually one for angel books, but the combination of fallen angels that don’t remember their past and a man with unknown powers from somewhere else in the world sold me. I’m quite glad that I got to explore this world though I hope the plot of book two is a little more cohesive.

Note: I received an audio copy of The House of Shattered Wings from the publisher through Audiobook Junkie.

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard Audiobook {3 Stars}

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
Narrated by Peter Kenny
(Dominion of the Fallen #1)
Published by Blackstone Audiobooks, Roc on Aug. 18th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 402 pages
Audio Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
How I got my copy: Publisher
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In the late Twentieth Century, the streets of Paris are lined with haunted ruins. The Great Magicians’ War left a trail of devastation in its wake. 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 naive 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.

3 Stars

Strengths:

  • Like I said above, I’m not usually a fan of angels/demons, but I liked this take on fallen angels since they don’t remember their past. I hope some time in the series we find out why they fall and what is going on there, but for the start of the series, it was nice to focus on other things.
  • The narration of The House of Shattered Wings is solid. It wasn’t out of this world amazing, but it didn’t annoy me. It’s a nice way to fit in an extra read ;-).
  • There are dragons! I was definitely not expecting to find dragons in this one, but Philippe has a very cool past and his adventures bring in the Jade Court myths and the best magic in my opinion :D.
  • Paris is not a hot tourist spot anymore…. It hasn’t fared well in the war between various powerful fallen angels and so things are rather grim. I liked what we saw of this setting and hope we get to explore it more in future books.

Weaknesses:

  • I was seriously confused about what was going on with the plot during half of The House of Shattered Wings. There is a mystery, sure, but there are a lot of other subplots going on and I couldn’t tell which would come out on top. There was also a climax far too early so that things just sort of drifted towards the end. This was all made worse on audiobook since I couldn’t tell how far along I was and therefore really needed better signposts.
  • Philippe and his magic are my favorite part of this book and I desperately wanted more. The other points of view were fine, but I would have preferred 100% Philippe I think. I just want to know everything about him, his past, and his magic basically.
  • I ended up feeling like I didn’t connect with any of the main characters by the end since I got too little face time with each and they didn’t go through very big character development arcs. I like Philippe’s magic, but I don’t think I know him very well and same for everyone else.

Summary:

The House of Shattered Wings is a solid start to a series with a lot of promise. The audiobook is a great way to go to fit in an extra book, but it isn’t any better than just reading physically I don’t think. I want to know a lot more about these characters and setting, so I’m hoping book two has a solid plot and more character development!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

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Comments

  1. I am sad that this was confusing. The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis does seem very intriguing.
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  2. Haha, I love stories with creepy angels (quantum-locked ones, especially!). I’ve been reading reviews from other bloggers and yours is the only one that mentions there are dragons in it. Surprising! But it sucks that you didn’t connect with most of the main cast. I’m totally more of a character-driven reader myself so if that’s lacking I’m going to struggle for sure…
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    • There are dragons though they aren’t your typical dragon ;-) Hmmm, yeah, I’d say the characters aren’t the strength of this one

  3. Sorry to hear this one didn’t work better for you! I really enjoyed it, but can understand not everyone will
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    • Yeah, I think my main problem is that I just don’t care much for political intrigue and mystery and want more of the magic to be the focus, ha

  4. Hmmmmm. Too bad it didn’t resonate with you more. I think I’d still like to read it, since it sounds interesting. But getting a copy of it isn’t high on my list of priorities right now…
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