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The Dragons of Babel

Michael Swanwick

Tor Books

 A fantasy masterpiece from a five-time Hugo Award winner! A war-dragon of Babel crashes in the idyllic fields of a post-industrialized Faerie and, dragging himself into the nearest village, declares himself king and makes young Will his lieutenant.  Nightly, he crawls inside the young fey's brain to get a measure of what his subjects think. Forced out of his village, Will travels with female centaur soldiers, witnesses the violent clash of giants, and acquires a surrogate daughter, Esme, who has no knowledge of the past and may be immortal.   Evacuated to the Tower of Babel -- infinitely high, infinitely vulgar, very much like New York City -- Will meets the confidence trickster Nat Whilk. Inside the Dread Tower, Will becomes a hero to the homeless living in the tunnels under the city, rises as an underling to a politician, and meets his one true love–a high-elven woman he dare not aspire to.  You've heard of hard SF: This is hard fantasy from a master of the form.

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The dragons came at dawn, flying low and in formation, their jets so thunderous they shook the ground like the great throbbing heartbeat of the world. The village elders ran outside, half unbuttoned, waving their staffs in circles and shouting words of power. Vanish, they cried to the land, and sleep to the skies, though had the dragons’ half-elven pilots cared they could easily have seen through such flimsy spells of concealment. But the pilots’ thoughts were turned toward the West, where Avalon’s industrial strength was based, and where its armies were rumored to
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Praise for Dragons of Babel:
 
“Huck Finn, the Lost Dauphin, and all the hosts of Faerie pursuing Destiny through Gormenghast with neon! Fascinating, lucid, logical and enchanting.” --Kage Baker on Dragons of Babel
 
"(A) marvelous new work . . . a drama of high consequence." --The New York Times on The Iron Dragon's Daughter 
 
"Swanwick shatters fantasy cliches in this highly-charged saga set in a post-Industrial Revolution dreamland. . . . A metaphysical shocker, full of black magic and black humor." – David Langford on The Iron Dragon's Daughter
 
"A standout piece of storytelling".--Library Journal on The Iron Dragon's Daughter

 
“In The Iron Dragon's Daughter Michael Swanwick created what was virtually a new genre of imaginative fiction.  Dragons of Babel is a brilliant sequel to that book.  Well-written, beautifully conceived, it is one of the very few fantasy novels I can unreservedly recommend.  I love everything about the book.” --Michael Moorcock
 
Praise for Michael Swanwick:
 
"Michael Swanwick is one of the most intellectually astute SF writers of his generation."  --The Washington Post Book World

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    The Dragons of Babel

    Michael Swanwick

    ALA Alex Awards Winner (Adult for Young Adults), Locus Awards - Nominee
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