Tooth and Claw

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Tom Doherty Associates, Nov 1, 2003 - Fiction - 256 pages

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 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.

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User Review  - reading_fox - LibraryThing

Well written but silly. A historical parody of Victorian fiction, but instead of people we have families of dragons. They express no dragon behaviors and are almost cut-out humans who occasionally get ... Read full review

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User Review  - a-shelf-apart - LibraryThing

Don't you hate it when you find a book that you know you've read, but somehow it's still marked as "to-read"? Yeah. Anyway, it's Victorian social drama but everyone is a dragon. Flesh-ripping, family-eating, religious, dragons with legal systems. And it's just as good as it sounds. Read full review

Selected pages


1 The Death of Bon Agornin
2 Some FarReaching Decisions
3 The Sisters Vow
4 Leaving Agornin
5 Exalt Benandis Demesne
6 Affairs in Irieth
7 The Dinner Party
8 The Writ Is Received
10 The Choice of Associates
11 A Maidens Love
12 High Society
13 Deepwinter at Benandi
14 Coming to Irieth
15 Affairs Draw Together
16 Rewards and Weddings

9 The Picnic

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About the author (2003)

Jo Walton won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer on publication of her debut novel The King's Peace. Her novel Tooth and Claw won the World Fantasy Award. A native of Wales, she lives in Montreal.

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