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Series: Dominion of the Fallen
Author: Aliette de Bodard
Publisher: Penguin Group/Signet Romance
Publication Date: 08/18/2015
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 war-torn city, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over the once grand capital.
House Silverspires, previously the leader of those power games, 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, a alchemist with a self-destructive addiction, and a resentful young man wielding spells from the Far East. They may be Silverspires’ salvation. They may be the architects of its last, irreversible fall…
This book was very hard for me to stop reading. I kept wanting to come back to it again and again, finally just taking about 6 hours and finishing the last half of the book.
This story is unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and that’s a good thing! The concept of fallen angels isn’t new to fiction, but this take on them is refreshing. It brings into perspective the idea behind the fallen angels and behind Lucifer aka the Morning Star, and how God doesn’t forgive the fallen angels.
I love the characters and even though I know that Morningstar should technically be considered a bad guy, I have to say that I really liked what of his character I got to see. I also really liked how the setting of the book was Paris, but not a Paris like we would ever know. I’m not even sure what time period this is actually set in – in the book it mentions 1914 and how the next fashion season never came about, then says it’s been about 60 years since the War – but there’s no other references to time so the book could be set in the 1970s or later.
All in all it’s a very good read, though at times hard to follow if you’re not paying close attention. I highly recommend you check this book out, if only for the fresh take on fallen angels.
** I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.**