Fantasy (Teen), Fiction, Mystery/Thriller

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

This novel took me a while to read. It took me a long time to acquire a copy but it also took me a very long time to read it. Mostly because I am right in the midst of exams and I just couldn’t bring myself to take time away to enjoy a book. Anyway, it’s done now and I’ve got it fresh in my mind so that I can write this review:

In the 20th century, Paris is now a place full of haunted ruins. When the Great Houses went to War, they left destruction in their path. Although the Houses are in a reluctant truce, each group desires dominion over Paris and complete submission of all others. House Silverspires, once a formidable house, has lost its status – and its magic is slowly crumbling. Their founder, Morningstar, disappeared decades ago and now, the inhabitants are being hunted by something sinister in the shadows. There are only three individuals who can protect the House now: a naive young Fallen, a resentful man with magic of his own from the Far East, and an alchemist with a destructive addition. Together, they could be the salvation of the House – or its downfall.

I don’t know why but I just really did not like this novel. It was beautifully written and the concept was so interesting. I mean, why would you NOT want to read a novel that takes the War in Heaven straight to the streets of Paris? It was this very premise that made me decide to read this novel but in the end, I just kept reading because I wanted to know how it ended. There were quite a few characters that had their own perspectives, which was nice and it flowed decently enough. But the story line wasn’t nearly as interesting as I thought it would be and at the end, I kept wondering what the point of the whole thing was. I looked on GoodReads to see what others thought about this novel and I was quite surprised to see the number of positive reviews for it! Maybe it was one of the cases where the book just wasn’t for me….. Anyways, if you have the chance to read it, please do and tell me what you think!

Happy reading ~

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