The House of Storms

The House of Storms

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Penguin Putnam
To save her only son from the ravages of consumption, the great-grandmistress of the Telegraphers Guild, Alice Meynell, has made a bargain with her former lover-a changeling in the land of Einfell-to do whatever is necessary to cure him.

Once healthy, her son is torn between his duty to lead the guild and his love for a servant girl. But Alice has chosen her son's destiny. And she'll see him achieve it even if it means bringing the Age of Light to an end.

Baker & Taylor
To save her only son from consumption, Alice Meynell makes a bargain with her former lover, a changeling living in the land of Einfell, in exchange for a cure, but the pact may have painful repercussions for her son.

Blackwell North Amer
When Great Grandmistress Alice Meynell, ruthless matriarch of the Great Guild of Telegraphers, brings her son to Invercombe, west of Bristol, she expects him to die there. Though her power and grace are legendary, not even she can halt her son's disease. Now ensconced in the magnificent old house, forgotten outpost of the Guild, with its disused weathertop, its formal gardens, its long tradition, at least there might come some tranquility to his death.
The age of aether still reigns; its pale glow illuminating the land. All bear the mark of aether's strange influence, except the changelings, banished to Einfell, that strange land untouched by the Ages of Industry, that lies uneasy at England's troubled heart. And it is to Einfell that Alice turns in desperation, to plead for her son's life to one who once trusted her, and suffered the consequences.
Ralph is cured. Far away from the filth of industrial London, he is drawn away from his family responsibilities to the world of nature and to a fisherman's daughter, Marion Price. Together they plan to run away, to defy the rule of the Guilds, even to change the world and how it understands itself.
But his mother will not let love stand in the way of her lust for power, nor the very land she professes to love - even if it means plunging England into a long and bloody civil war.

Baker
& Taylor

To save her only son from consumption, Alice Meynell, the great grandmistress of the Telegraphers Guild, makes a bargain with her former lover, a changeling in the land of Einfell, in exchange for a cure, a pact that that could have painful repercussions for her son when he is forced to choose between duty and love.

Publisher: New York : Ace Books, c2005
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780441012800
0441012809
Characteristics: 457 p. ; 24 cm

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Vilka Feb 06, 2012

Read past page 125 or so, but it never really got off the ground--seemed that it would get interesting when the boy got really sick, but when he was not in crisis it was fairly boring. The characterization didn't really work for me, and the world itself wasn't all that interesting to me. Sounded a lot more interesting on the cover-blurb. Did not finish.

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