Gollancz acquire a must-read murder mystery

alietteGollancz, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, are delighted to announce the acquisition of UK and Commonwealth rights to HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS and its sequel by multi award-winning author, Aliette de Bodard. Comparable to works of China Mieville and Iain M. Banks in epic scale and in delivering its ambitions, HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is set in Paris amongst the aftermath of the Great Magicians War.

The rights of the two book deal were acquired by the Publisher of Gollancz, Gillian Redfearn, from John Berlyne of the Zeno Literary Agency.

Gillian Redfearn said: ‘I’ve long admired Aliette’s writing from afar and it’s a dream to be able to publish HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS. It blew me away from the first paragraph, with a rich and wonderful new world, evocative writing and an utterly gripping story. De Bodard is an exceptional and tremendously original writer and we are so proud to be publishing her work.’

Aliette de Bodard said: ‘I’m deliriously excited to be joining the Gollancz list. HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is a book very dear to my heart – mingling my love of Paris, the Vietnamese tales I read as a child, and my fondness for dark magic with terrible prices – and it couldn’t be in better hands! I can’t wait to work with Gillian and the team.’

In HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, Paris’s streets are lined with haunted ruins, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell and the Seine runs black with ashes and rubble. De Bodard’s rich storytelling brings three different voices together: a naive but powerful Fallen angel, an alchemist with a self-destructive addition, and a young man wielding spells from the Far East.

HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS will be published in hardback and eBook on the 20th of August 2015.

About Aliette de Bodard: The winner of two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and a BSFA Award, Aliette de Bodard is an exceptional novelist of stand-out quality. A writer by night, by day she is a qualified engineer, specialising in applied mathematics. Born in the US, De Bodard grew up in Paris and London. She lives in Paris, in a flat with her husband and more computers than she really needs. You can find out more about Aliette by visiting her website or following her on Twitter: @aliettedb