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Children of Thorns, Children of Water

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Children of Thorns, Children of Water

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Author: Aliette de Bodard
Publisher: Original English publication, 2017
Uncanny Magazine, 2017
Series: Dominion of the Fallen

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Book Type: Novelette
Genre: Fantasy
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In a Paris that never was, a city of magicians, alchemists and Fallen angels struggling to recover from a devastating magical war...

Once each year, the House of Hawthorn tests the Houseless: for those chosen, success means the difference between a safe life and the devastation of the streets. However, for Thuan and his friend Kim Cuc, -- dragons in human shapes and envoys from the dying underwater kingdom of the Seine -- the stakes are entirely different. Charged with infiltrating a House that keeps encroaching on the Seine, if they are caught, they face a painful death.

Worse, mysterious children of thorns stalk the candidates through Hawthorn's corridors. Will Thuan and Kim Cuc survive and succeed?

This story originally appeared as an extra for the pre-orders of The House of Binding Thorns (2017). It can also be found in Uncanny Magazine, July/August 2017. The story is included in the anthology The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2018, edited by Paula Guran.

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