Shattered Wings Thursday: the Houseless


Welcome back to Shattered Wings Thursdays, the weekly feature of art related to The House of Shattered Wings. 5 days to release of the Roc hardcover edition (and 7 days to the Gollancz trade paperback). Eep. Almost there!

Maison du Premier Circle Catholique Ouvrier, Paris 1865

Today: last of the magical factions (well, at least those I have space for :p)

The Houseless are, strictly speaking, not a faction, because the term covers a lot of people. The Houses might like to think themselves the centre of the city, but the truth is that many people find a living outside them: they range from people unaffiliated to Houses who nevertheless serve them, to shopkeepers in the city, to the workers that work in what remains of the factories; down to the gangs who run in droves around the Grands Magasins, hunting anything and anyone to survive.

Notable Houseless characters: Aragon (doctor employed as freelancer by House Silverspires), Philippe (Annamite unaffiliated to a House), Ninon (member of the Red Mambas Gang), Jacques Rossigny (informant of House Silverspires).

Previous iterations of this:

1. Meet nuked Paris
2. The Fallen
3. The Houses
4. The Immortals
5. The Colonies
6. House Silverspires
7. House Hawthorn
8. House Lazarus

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Read excerpt from Chapter Three!
Read excerpt from Chapter Four!

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  1. I’m soooooo excited to read your book! The 18th just can’t come soon enough *sigh*.

  2. Thank you! (as the author I’m excited and nervous *g*)

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