The Dragons of Babel
by Michael Swanwick
Edited by David G. Hartwell
Review by Drew Bittner
Tor Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765319500
Date: 22 January 2008 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Will le Fey is an orphan living with his elderly, cranky aunt in a little village when a crashed war dragon changes his life forever. A creature of flesh and metal, piloted by a dead half-mortal, the crippled beast declares itself ruler of Will's village and enslaves the boy, turning him into his unwilling catspaw and insinuating his evil in Will's deepest self. From official release/information:
Book Description: 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.