This week saw the release of Nebula Award winning author Aliette de Bodardâ€™s powerful and engaging fourth novel, The House of Shattered Wings. Aliette was in Spokane, Washington for Sasquan: the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention when she made to time to sit down and discuss the novel, using the real world in world building, urban fantasy, combining work, family and writing, and much more with Gary and Jonathan.
â€œParis has survived the Great Houses War â€“ 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, an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction, and a resentful young man wielding spells from the Far East.
They may be Silverspiresâ€™ salvation. They may be the architects of its last, irreversible fallâ€¦â€
As always, we would like to thank Aliette for making time to appear on the podcast. We hope you enjoy the episode!