The Dragons of Babel
The Dragons of Babel
Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765319500, 320pp.
Publication Date: January 8, 2008
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.
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