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The Iron Dragon's Daughter

by Michael Swanwick

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Series: World of the Iron Dragon (Book 1)

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The nadir of dark fantasy ( )
  ZoneSeek | Mar 3, 2017 |
Just read parts of
  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
More like 4 1/2. The book meanders a little bit, but I really liked the protagonist and I loved the world-building. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
Jane is a young girl, stolen from the human world to work in a Dickensian plant that services great steam-powered dragons. With a dragon’s help she escapes the factory, only to find that life in Faery is just as bad without a master as with. Although excited by her alchemy classes in school, Jane spends most of her time shoplifting and hanging out with drugged out punks. This is a highly dystopic book, but a very well written one. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Not so long ago, I was reading a forum discussion talking about how fantasy worlds never seem to progress past a medieval level of technology; and whether or not it's possible to write a technological fantasy world that is clearly not science fiction.
This book does it, with its plethora of faerie creatures - and our protagonist, a changeling - working in factories and dealing with magical/robotic creations.
The book is complex, with strikingly original ideas, and a carefully plotted structure that at first seems pointlessly rambling. As the spiraling theme of the story is revealed, the reader realizes that the plot has also been following that spiral theme.
It's well done; even impressive. The book probably deserved to win at least one of the several awards it was nominated for.
However, I didn't love it, emotionally. Even though it deftly slipped out of the 'it was all just a dream, or mental illness' thing that I had a suspicion it was sliding toward, for a while. I feel like I appreciated this book - it just didn't become one of my favorites. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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Michael Swanwickprimary authorall editionscalculated
Taylor, GeoffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vallejo, DorianCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The changeling's decision to steal a dragon and escape was born, though she did not know it then, the night the children met to plot the death of their supervisor.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0380720981, Paperback)

Named a NEW YORK TIMES notable book of 1994, THE IRON DRAGON'S DAUGHTER tells the heartrending story of a changeling child who is kidnapped to a realm of malls and machines and enslaved in a vast, infernal factory. Ultimately she escapes and attempts to educate herself about this alien world, while being tormented by visions of the life she was denied.

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A slave in a dragon factory that manufactures flying fighting machines, Jane changes her destiny when a voice from a dragon promising freedom and revenge prompts her to escape and challenge the foundations of the world

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