Best Aliette de Bodard books

The House of Shattered Wings (A Dominion of the Fallen Novel)

Aliette de Bodard

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Winner of the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel

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. Those that survived the carnage 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. Within its walls, 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.

The House of Binding Thorns (A Dominion of the Fallen Novel)

Aliette de Bodard

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The multi-award-winning author of The House of Shattered Wings continues her Dominion of the Fallen saga as Paris endures the aftermath of a devastating arcane war....
 
As the city rebuilds from the onslaught of sorcery that nearly destroyed it, the great Houses of Paris, ruled by Fallen angels, still contest one another for control over the capital.
 
House Silverspires was once the most powerful, but just as it sought to rise again, an ancient evil brought it low. Phillippe, an immortal who escaped the carnage, has a singular goal—to resurrect someone he lost. But the cost of such magic might be more than he can bear.
 
In House Hawthorn, Madeleine the alchemist has had her addiction to angel essence savagely broken. Struggling to live on, she is forced on a perilous diplomatic mission to the underwater dragon kingdom—and finds herself in the midst of intrigues that have already caused one previous emissary to mysteriously disappear....
 
As the Houses seek a peace more devastating than war, those caught between new fears and old hatreds must find strength—or fall prey to a magic that seeks to bind all to its will.

The Tea Master and the Detective

Aliette de Bodard

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Welcome to the Scattered Pearls Belt, a collection of ring habitats and orbitals ruled by exiled human scholars and powerful families, and held together by living mindships who carry people and freight between the stars. In this fluid society, human and mindship avatars mingle in corridors and in function rooms, and physical and virtual realities overlap, the appareance of environments easily modified and adapted to interlocutors or current mood.

A transport ship discharged from military service after a traumatic injury, The Shadow's Child now ekes out a precarious living as a brewer of mind-altering drugs for the comfort of space-travellers. Meanwhile, abrasive and eccentric scholar Long Chau wants to find a corpse for a scientific study. When Long Chau walks into her office, The Shadow's Child expects an unpleasant but easy assignment. When the corpse turns out to have been murdered, Long Chau feels compelled to investigate, dragging The Shadow's Child with her.

As they dig deep into the victim's past, The Shadow's Child realises that the investigation points to Long Chau's own murky past…and, ultimately, to the dark and unbearable void that lies between the stars…

Servant of the Underworld (Obsidian and Blood) (Volume 1)

Aliette de Bodard

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Servant of the Underworld

On a Red Station, Drifting

Aliette de Bodard

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A new edition of the Hugo, Nebula and Locus Awards novella finalist, from the author of the acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy, and set in the same universe as the Nebula and Locus Award winning "Immersion"... For generations Prosper Station has thrived under the guidance of its Honoured Ancestress: born of a human womb, the station’s artificial intelligence has offered guidance and protection to its human relatives. But war has come to the Dai Viet Empire. Prosper’s brightest minds have been called away to defend the Emperor; and a flood of disorientated refugees strain the station’s resources. As deprivations cause the station’s ordinary life to unravel, uncovering old grudges and tearing apart the decimated family, Station Mistress Quyen and the Honoured Ancestress struggle to keep their relatives united and safe. What Quyen does not know is that the Honoured Ancestress herself is faltering, her mind eaten away by a disease that seems to have no cure; and that the future of the station itself might hang in the balance…

The Citadel of Weeping Pearls (Xuya Universe)

Aliette de Bordard

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The Citadel of Weeping Pearls was a great wonder; a perfect meld between cutting edge technology and esoteric sciences—its inhabitants capable of teleporting themselves anywhere, its weapons small and undetectable and deadly.

Thirty years ago, threatened by an invading fleet from the Dai Viet Empire, the Citadel disappeared and was never seen again.

But now the Dai Viet Empire itself is under siege, on the verge of a war against an enemy that turns their own mindships against them; and the Empress, who once gave the order to raze the Citadel, is in desperate needs of its weapons. Meanwhile, on a small isolated space station, an engineer obsessed with the past works on a machine that will send her thirty years back, to the height of the Citadel’s power.

But the Citadel’s disappearance still extends chains of grief and regrets all the way into the fraught atmosphere of the Imperial Court; and this casual summoning of the past might have world-shattering consequences...

A new book set in the award-winning, critically acclaimed Xuya universe.

In Morningstar's Shadow: Dominion of the Fallen Stories

Aliette de Bodard

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In a Paris that never was, a city of magical factions where Fallen angels mingle with magicians, alchemists and witches...

House Silverspires, founded by Lucifer Morningstar, is the oldest and most powerful in Paris--but every star shines brightest before its fall... This series of three short stories charts the fortunes of the House throughout the century, from the Great War that tears the city apart, to the devastating loss of Morningstar and the difficult choices facing the House for its own survival.

Set in the universe of the critically-acclaimed The House of Shattered Wings.

Scattered Among Strange Worlds

Aliette de Bodard

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A collection of two thought-provoking science fiction short stories from the pen of British Science Fiction Association award-winner and Nebula and Hugo Award finalist Aliette de Bodard. Scattered Among Strange Worlds tackles issues of emigration, diaspora and loss of cultural values; and the threads of family that bind us strongly, even across the void of space...

"Scattered Along the River of Heaven": Zhiying and Anshi were once comrades in arms, the driving forces behind a revolution that led to the foreign colonisers withdrawing from Felicity Station. But what happens after the revolution is won, and the only enemies left are within your own ranks?
"Exodus Tides": The child of a mermaid and a human, Emilie has always known herself to be different. Growing up in Paris, in a post-apocalyptic country radically transformed by the mass arrival of mermaids as refugees, she has always yearned to return to the sea--the lost, unattainable country devastated by the Dark King and his cohorts. But sometimes, wishes can be granted in the most perilous manner...

Reviews:
On "Scattered Along the River of Heaven"
"One of the best stories of the year to date... This is a politically and psychological subtle story, quite intense, and bleakly lyrical in places – it reminds me of Ursula K. Le Guin’s ‘‘The Day Before the Revolution’’, a high compliment, but de Bodard puts a cultural spin all her own on it." Gardner Dozois, Locus

"A beautiful, powerful piece that I strongly recommend. (...) the three generations of women at the center of the story form a moving emotional core. I suspect that every reader will read this and get a different 'message' out of it, as should be the case with the best kind of fiction. " Ken Liu, Nebula-Award winning author of "The Paper Menagerie"

"the author’s breadth is impressive. (...) It should say something that I’ve spent as much time on a short story as I have on entire trilogies..." Two Dudes in an Attic, http://twodudesff.wordpress.com/

On Aliette de Bodard
""Bodard is probably my favorite female fantasy writer in the field today. Her prose is rich, but never overdone. Her explanations are seamless within the story, with nary an infodump in sight. Her worldbuilding stands above ninety percent of the field where worldbuilding is an essential. Her characters are deep and reflect on the world they live in. "

"Aliette de Bodard is one of a handful of writers who keep me reading short fiction (along with Cat Valente, Jason Sanford, Lavie Tidhar, and Ted Chiang)."
Adam Callaway, Sensawunda
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"Vivid imagery, flowing prose, and natural dialogue are at the heart of de Bodard’s writing. One of the most original storytellers out there..", Gabrielle Gantz, The Faster Times

"... so clever and multi-layered, it feels like it belongs in Dangerous Visions." Charlie Jane Anders, io9, on "Immersion"

Harbinger of the Storm: Obsidian & Blood, Book 2

Aliette de Bodard

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Death, magic and intrigue in this hotly-anticipated follow-up to Servant of the Underworld. A sumptuously-detailed Aztec world, which will appeal to fans of magical fantasy, historical drama, political intrigue and murder mysteries.

THE AZTEC EMPIRE TEETERS ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION.
As the political infighting starts within the imperial court, Acatl, High Priest for the Dead, makes a macabre discovery in the palace: a high-ranking nobleman has been torn to pieces by an invocation - and it looks like the summoner belongs to the court itself...

File Under: Fantasy [ Aztec Mystery | An Inside Job | Ancient Magics | The Gods Walk! ]

Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2016: A Tor.com Original

Charlie Jane Anders

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A collection of some of the best original science fiction and fantasy short fiction published on Tor.com in 2016. Includes stories by Charlie Jane Anders, Nina Allan, Tara Isabella Burton, Monica Byrne, Rebecca Campbell, P. Djèlí Clark, Indrapramit Das, Alix E. Harrow, N. K. Jemisin, Margaret Killjoy, Cixin Liu, Melissa Marr, David Nickle, Laurie Penny, Daniel Polansky, Lettie Prell, Delia Sherman, Angela Slatter, Caighlan Smith, Lavie Tidhar, Rajnar Vajra, Genevieve Valentine, Carrie Vaughn, and Alyssa Wong.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.