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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 Frances 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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"Convoluted without being dense, Jemisin's engaging debut grabs readers right from the start. Yeine desires nothing more than a normal life in her 'barbarian' homeland of Darr. But her mother was of the powerful Arameri family, and when Yeine is summoned to the capital city of Sky a month after her mother's murder, she cannot refuse. Dakarta, her grandfather and the Arameri patriarch, pits her against her two cousins as a potential heir to the throne. In an increasingly deep Zelaznyesque series of political maneuverings, Yeine, nearly powerless but fiercely determined, finds potential allies among her relatives and the gods who are forced to live in Sky as servants after losing an ancient war. Multifaceted characters struggle with their individual burdens and desires, creating a complex, edge-of-your-seat story with plenty of funny, scary, and bittersweet twists." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death and her family's bloody history.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate - and gods and mortals - are bound inseparably together.

About the Author

N.K. Jemisin is a career counselor, political blogger, and would-be gourmand living in New York City. She's been writing since the age of 10, although her early works will never see the light of day. Find out more about the author at nkjemisin.com.

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Bev Melven, November 10, 2014 (view all comments by Bev Melven)
This book made me an instant Jemisin fan - I seriously love this book. Powerful story, fascinating characters you love (or hate, or can't figure out how to feel about - just like people!), an intriguing world and ideas that make you thing. It was nominated for all the major fantasy fiction awards, and deserved it. The rest of the trilogy is just as great.
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CKL, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by CKL)
I don't read a lot of fantasy (I'm more of a science fiction guy), but picked up this book because it was one of the 2011 Hugo nominees for best novel--and I loved it. The second book is also excellent, albeit very different; and the third is already on my bookshelf, waiting for me. Highly recommended.
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teawaste, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by teawaste)
Incredibly powerful and beautifully written - highly and enthusiastically recommended.

I'm generally someone who chooses robust character development over well-crafted language, but Jemisin uses her elegant style in service of the plot, making the choice unneccessary. Her world is fully formed without being overly detailed, and the plot is complex and engaging, but never intricate for its own sake.

Yeine, the protagonist, balances being fiercely independent with growing into herself. In general, most of the characters have a level of detail and nuance that make the book unusually deep and satisfying, and it's one I would recommend to anyone who likes speculative fiction (as well as a fair number of folks who just don't like it *yet*).
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316043915
Author:
Jemisin, N. K.
Publisher:
Orbit
Author:
Jemisin, N. K.
Author:
Jemison, Nora
Author:
Aliette de Bodard
Subject:
Gods
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
General
Subject:
Epic fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Subject:
Grief; Loss; Death of a parent; Kings; Grandfathers; Cousins; Power struggles; Heirs; Family secrets; Family rivalry; Succession; Family histories; Gods and goddesses; Racism; Political intrigue; Betrayal; Slavery
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Inheritance Trilogy
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Convoluted without being dense, Jemisin's engaging debut grabs readers right from the start. Yeine desires nothing more than a normal life in her 'barbarian' homeland of Darr. But her mother was of the powerful Arameri family, and when Yeine is summoned to the capital city of Sky a month after her mother's murder, she cannot refuse. Dakarta, her grandfather and the Arameri patriarch, pits her against her two cousins as a potential heir to the throne. In an increasingly deep Zelaznyesque series of political maneuverings, Yeine, nearly powerless but fiercely determined, finds potential allies among her relatives and the gods who are forced to live in Sky as servants after losing an ancient war. Multifaceted characters struggle with their individual burdens and desires, creating a complex, edge-of-your-seat story with plenty of funny, scary, and bittersweet twists." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death and her family's bloody history.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate - and gods and mortals - are bound inseparably together.

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