I was so excited to read this book! The cover was just amazing! I dived in and it turns out that although this book had a great and interesting concept, the execution of that concept kind of fell flat for me.
This book turned out to be a take it or leave it. I really loved the world that was created. The devastated Paris was beautiful and breathtaking. But the character Philippe is the POV of this story and I just didn’t end up liking him all that much. He did do his job giving us an outside POV on all that was going on and it was pretty up front, which made the story easy to follow and understand. But it just didn't work out all that well for me.
The story felt more like telling vs. showing and it just felt like things were missing. Like, why was Paris so important? Why did this story take place there instead of some other city with a river running thru it?
The other thing that kind of felt off was some of the paragraphing. It became confusing in parts or just ran on forever. So for me this one was ok. If this sounds like your kind of read. Then pick it up and try it out.
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 aftermath of a Great War between arcane powers. 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.