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Of Books, and Earth, and Courtship: a Dominion of the Fallen Story

Of Books, and Earth, and Courtship: a Dominion of the Fallen Story

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Of Books, and Earth, and Courtship: a Dominion of the Fallen Story

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50 pages
32 minutes
Sep 10, 2015


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

Emmanuelle is the Fallen archivist of House Silverspires, and only wants a quiet life with her books. But when Selene, the latest student of Lucifer Morningstar, walks into the library, Emmanuelle finds herself drawn in an adventure to steal from another House. It's a thrilling and dangerous task, but the most dangerous thing about it might just be Selene herself--aloof and resourceful, and unexpectedly attractive...

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

Sep 10, 2015

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Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris, where she has a day job as a System Engineer. She studied Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, but moonlights as a writer of speculative fiction. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy of Aztec noir fantasies, as well as numerous short stories, which garnered her two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and a British Science Fiction Association Award. Her space opera books include The Tea Master and the Detective, a murder mystery set on a space station in a Vietnamese galactic empire, inspired by the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. Recent works include The House of Shattered Wings (2015 British Science Fiction Association Award), a novel set in a turn-of-the-century Paris devastated by a magical war, and its standalone sequel The House of Binding Thorns. She lives in Paris with her family, in a flat with more computers than warm bodies, and a set of Lovecraftian tentacled plants intent on taking over the place. Visit her website www.aliettedebodard.com for free fiction, Vietnamese and French recipes and more.

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Of Books, and Earth, and Courtship - Aliette de Bodard



Published by Nine Dragons River 2015

Cover photo © 2015, Guillaume mo, 2015, Notre-Dame, Paris, modified by Aliette de Bodard, distributed under a CCBY 2.0 Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

Cover layout: Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein

Copyright © 2015 Aliette de Bodard

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The right of Aliette de Bodard to be identified as Author of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

All rights reserved by the Author.

All characters and events in this publication, other than those in the public domain, are fictitious, and any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any forms or by any means, without the prior permission in writing of the publisher, nor otherwise be circulated in any form of binding or cover other than that which it is published and without similar a condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

This is for Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and D Franklin, without whom none of this would have happened.


by Aliette de Bodard

Of Books, and Earth, and Courtship

The Fallen came into the library of House Silverspires every morning, and every morning she would go into the stacks and come back with a pile of dusty books smelling of old, cracked leather, and sit down at the furthest table, staring at the books as if she could make them cooperate with a mere glance. By the looks of it–she was still sitting at the table hours afterwards, perhaps a third of the way into the first or second book-it was not going well.

Emmanuelle knew who she was, of course. Everyone did: Selene, Morningstar's latest student–his latest pride, before he grew bored of her and cast her aside; as he had cast aside all his other students. She walked tall and straight; wearing men's clothes, a set of black trousers and a swallowtail jacket, both impeccably pressed and arranged with a meticulousness that was more frightening than alluring.

The smart, sensible thing to do–and Emmanuelle was nothing if not practical-–would have been to stay away. To smile, and show Selene the way into the stacks, and see her out every morning. To go back to her cataloguing and repairs of old books, and sorting the odd fight between archivists. But... but Selene smelled of patchouli and freshly-cut grass, and walked with the grace of a queen, her face oddly expressionless–what would it look like, if it creased into a smile? And, day after day, Emmanuelle found her gaze drawn towards the depths of the library, and the silent struggle at the table–until one day she found herself smearing glue across the first page of a beautifully illuminated manuscript, instead of efficiently dabbing it on the top of the spine.

Right. Enough was enough.

Emmanuelle decided to tackle the problem head-on. Infatuation was very much not on her order of business; and she'd spent quite enough time digging herself out from Morningstar's claws to dally with his latest conquest.

She put down the book, sending a brief burst of magic into it to prevent the glue from completely drying, and headed straight for Selene's table. Good morning, she said, smiling brightly–acutely conscious of how awkward and how fake her smile must have been, her hesitation visible to the naked

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