Now in a new pocket-sized hardcover edition, the World Fantasy Award-winning tale of contention over love and money—among dragons.
Tooth and Claw
Jo Walton burst onto the fantasy scene withThe 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 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 likeTooth and Claw.
About the author
Jo Walton has published thirteen novels, most recently Necessity. She has also published three poetry collections and an essay collection. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2002, the World Fantasy Award for Tooth and Claw in 2004, the Hugo and Nebula awards for Among Others in 2012, and in 2014 both the Tiptree Award for My Real Children and the Locus Non Fiction award for What Makes This Book So Great. She comes from Wales but lives in Montreal where the food and books are much better. She gets bored easily so she tends to write books that are different from each other. She also reads a lot, enjoys travel, talking about books, and eating great food. She plans to live to be ninety-nine and write a book every year.
- Winner, NYPL Books for the Teen Age
- Winner, World Fantasy Award - Winner
“Utterlysui generis…It's a rare book that leaves me wishing it were twice as long, butTooth and Claw is one such.” —The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
“A delight. On a basic level,Tooth and Claw works much the same way thatWatership Down worked…Highly recommended for anyone who loved the books of Austen, or Heyer (or Laurie Colwin's more contemporary novels, for that matter), and wishes that someone was still writing social comedies that were just as sharp and just as pleasurable.” —Kelly Link, author of Stranger Things Happen
“Jo Walton writes with an authenticity that never loses heart.” —Robin Hobb
“ThePride and Prejudice of the dragon world... I love this sly, witty, fast-paced, brilliant little book.” —Jane Yolen
“Plot strands come together just as they should, with delightful triumphs, resolutions, revelations, and come-uppances.” —Locus
Other titles by Jo Walton
Or What You Will
A Novel of Many Returns
An Informal History of the Hugos
A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000
The Complete Trilogy (The Just City, The Philosopher Kings, Necessity)
My Real Children
The Just City
What Makes This Book So Great
Re-Reading the Classics of Science Fiction and Fantasy