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Dragons ritually eat dragons in order to gain strength and power in Walton's enthralling new fantasy (after 2002's The Prize in the Game), set amid a hierarchical society that includes a noble ruling class, an established church, servants and retainers. On the death of the dragon Bon Agornin, his parson son Penn, one of five siblings (two male and three female), declares, "We must now partake of his remains, that we might grow strong with his strength, remembering him always." But Bon's greedy son-in-law, Illustrious Daverak, consumes more than his fair share of the departed dragon, setting off a chain of unexpected and, at times, calamitous events for each sibling. Avan, the younger son, decides to litigate for compensation. One unmarried daughter, on moving in with the married sister and Daverak, discovers a house filled with injustice, while the other unmarried daughter goes off with Penn and falls in love. Full of political intrigue and romance, this provocative read sets the stage for further adventures in a world that, as the author admits in her prefatory note, "owes a lot to Anthony Trollope's Framley Parsonage." FYI: In 2002, Walton received a John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
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Walton says this book is "the result of wondering what a world would be like if the axioms of the sentimental Victorian novel were inescapable laws of biology." It is also something truly different in the line of the novel. After a father dies, his children must deal with the circumstances of his death. One son, a parson, agonizes over his sire's deathbed confession. Another starts a court case to gain the inheritance. One daughter must choose between her family of origin and her husband. Another falls in love, but her course does not run smoothly thereafter. So what's different about all that? Well, everyone in the story is a dragon, and in their society, children eat their deceased parents, and the stronger eat the weaker, for only by eating the flesh of its kind can a dragon achieve full strength and power. So therein lies the difference, and the distinction of a little masterpiece of originality. Frieda Murray
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Great fun - This has to be the best of Walton's creations - a civilization of intelligent dragons, for which she has created a complex social structure with a detailed and entirely... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lindy Lou
Tooth and Claw
by Jo Walton
The story is a Victorian novel where all the characters are dragons. Read more
I do not know, I do not think that I bought this book. ... I like this author and would like to buy this book.Published 8 months ago by Joseph B. Ennis
A Victorian romance, peopled by dragons--which means proactively engaging the genre's presumptions and clichés via worldbuilding, from the role of the genders within... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Juushika
Think Jane Austen with dragons, and you have Tooth and Claw. My only complaint is that it's a one-off story. I want more. This book is going on my short list of Best Reads of 2014.Published 9 months ago by Kathleen Taylor
I don't understand why the characters particularly had to be dragons. The World (except for certain rituals) mirror our world close enough to make me forget that they are, in fact... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
The idea of the plot intrigued me. Too bad it was boring. I didn't even finish it.Published 10 months ago by Norma