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Tooth and Claw (Hardcover)
Now in a new pocket-sized hardcover edition, the World Fantasy Award-winning tale of contention over love and money—among dragons.
Tooth and Claw
Jo Walton burst onto the fantasy scene with The King's Peace, acclaimed by writers as diverse as Poul Anderson, Robin Hobb, and Ken MacLeod. In 2002, she was voted the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
Now Walton returns with a very different kind of fantasy story: the tale of a family dealing with the death of their father, of a son who goes to law for his inheritance, a son who agonizes over his father's deathbed confession, a daughter who falls in love, a daughter who becomes involved in the abolition movement, and a daughter sacrificing herself for her husband.
Except that everyone in the story is a dragon, red in tooth and claw.
Here is a world of politics and train stations, of churchmen and family retainers, of courtship and country houses...in which, on the death of an elder, family members gather to eat the body of the deceased. In which society's high-and-mighty members avail themselves of the privilege of killing and eating the weaker children, which they do with ceremony and relish, growing stronger thereby.
You have never read a novel like Tooth and Claw.
About the Author
Jo Walton won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer on publication of her debut novel The King's Peace. She won the World Fantasy Award in 2004 for Tooth and Claw, and in 2012, the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Among Others. In addition to writing SF and fantasy, she has also designed role-playing games and published poetry. Her song "The Lurkers Support Me In Email" has been quoted innumerable times in online discussions all over the world, frequently without attribution. A native of Wales, she lives in Montreal.
“Utterly sui generis…It's a rare book that leaves me wishing it were twice as long, but Tooth and Claw is one such.” —The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
“A delight. On a basic level, Tooth and Claw works much the same way that Watership Down worked…Highly recommended for anyone who loved the books of Austen, or Heyer (or Laurie Colwin's more contemporary novels, for that matter), and wishes that someone was still writing social comedies that were just as sharp and just as pleasurable.” —Kelly Link, author of Stranger Things Happen
“Jo Walton writes with an authenticity that never loses heart.” —Robin Hobb
“The Pride and Prejudice of the dragon world... I love this sly, witty, fast-paced, brilliant little book.” —Jane Yolen
“Plot strands come together just as they should, with delightful triumphs, resolutions, revelations, and come-uppances.” —Locus