Tooth And Claw

Tooth And Claw

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Love, money, and power become the forces that threaten to separate five siblings as they struggle to deal with their individual lives in the wake of their father's death, in a fantasy set in a world populated entirely by dragons. Winner of the World Fantasy Award. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

A tale of contention over love and money—among dragons

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 Tooth and Claw, 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.


A captivating World Fantasy Award-winning novel about the social life of dragons in a trade paperback edition



Publisher: Miscellaneous
ISBN: 9780765319517
Characteristics: 332 p

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Jessica_c Jan 30, 2016

Forget zombies, this is Victorian-Era fiction with real bite. A light and entertaining read, and a nice break from the current trends of grimdark and gore. Fantasy doing what it does best -- turning the real world on its head.

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Suzanne_Library
Sep 15, 2012

More Galsworthy than Austen. The juxtaposition of Victorian-style manners and the dragons' practice of eating their dead was very entertaining. Light, escapist reading. "Among Others" is completely different and much, much better.

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jenevold
Aug 18, 2012

Not quite Emma for dragons, but a fun Austenesque tone.

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GuyN
Dec 21, 2011

I had high expectations. If you don't and aren't an Austen fan this could be 3 stars or better. Now begins my disappointed and snarky initial review
.Dragons? Cool! A 19th century novel in the character driven style of Austen or Trollope? Priceless! Tooth and Claw? Lizard Tripe! Walton's prose isn't up to the opportunity that she sets up and her cardboard characters are out of a cheap melodrama. You would be far better off to read any Austen novel followed by Elvenbane by Andre Norton.

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hweinert
Sep 15, 2011

What an unusual book! It was a bit like reading Jane Austen, but the protagonists are all dragons, with dragonish values and ways to get ahead in society. Collecting gold, sleeping on gold, eating deceased members of the family, religious dogma - all very compelling in an odd way.

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