Friday, December 22, 2017

The Friday 56 (120) & Book Beginnings: The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette De Bodard

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading.
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24581979Synopsis 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 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...
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Beginnings: "It is almost pleasant, at first, to be Falling."

56: "There were no dragon kingdoms here--no spirits of the rain and rivers, not under the polluted clouds that rained acid; not in the blackened waters of the Seine; not in the wells that had long since run dry."
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Comments: I don't believe I've ever talked about this book on Our Thoughts Precisely before, and since I still haven't read much in the month of December, I decided to mention it for The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings. The House of Shattered Wings is one of my favorite books and has one of the most unique uses of fallen angels. 

What are you reading this week?

18 comments:

  1. Hi Breana! This looks good. I want to know, why - FALLING?

    Here is mine: http://bit.ly/2DwnTZ8 The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo.

    Have a very Merry Happy Christmas! Hope you get lots of books :D

    Luv Sass x

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    1. The opening sentence makes a lot of sense once you've read the rest of the story. Merry Christmas to you too! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!

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  2. I haven't heard of this book before. It does sound intriguing. This week I am featuring The House on Tradd Street by Karen White. Happy reading!

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  3. Great snippets. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog. Enjoy!

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  4. This does sound good and I love the setting. Happy holidays and happy reading!

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    1. The setting is one of my favorite parts of The House of Shattered Wings. Bodard did a spectacular job creating a magic filled version of Paris. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your weekend!

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  5. Sounds like an interesting read! I love the cover!

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    1. I also love the cover. It's gorgeous in person. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your weekend!

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  6. I've not heard of this author before. Has she won award for fantasy writing? My Friday Quotes Merry Christmas!

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    1. She has won multiple awards. You can see the full list on the Bio & Press page of her website. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your weekend!

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  7. I'm definitely curious for more. I like the cover too!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    1. Merry Christmas to you too! Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your weekend!

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  8. I love the looks of that cover! Thanks for sharing!

    Lauren @ Always Me

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  9. December has been such a slow month of reading for me to. Thanks for sharing this one. I don't know much about it, but I've seen it around. Hope you enjoy the holidays!

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    1. Yeah, I've been trying to read more but have already had a few DNFs this month. I have my finger's crossed that my next couple of reads will be better. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your weekend!

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