Author: Robert Jackson Bennett
Published Date: Jan 26, 2016
Sources: ARC from Netgalley & Blogging For Books
Series: #2 in The Divine Cities
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Mythological, Epic Fantasy, Mystery
The city of Voortyashtan was once the domain of the goddess of death, war, and destruction, but now it’s little more than a ruin. General Turyin Mulaghesh is called out of retirement and sent to this hellish place to try to find a Saypuri secret agent who’s gone missing in the middle of a mission, but the city of war offers countless threats: not only have the ghosts of her own past battles followed her here, but she soon finds herself wondering what happened to all the souls that were trapped in the afterlife when the Divinities vanished. Do the dead sleep soundly in the land of death? Or do they have plans of their own?
City Of Blades was totally outside of my expectation. I was in love with City of Stairs, and immediately worked my way to the 2nd book of the series (thanks to the ARC that Netgalley provided for me). And guess what? It blew my mind.
Yes, we are no long at Bulikov anymore. And yes, no more Shara for me.This story focus on Mulaghesh and her mission to Voortyashtan. Thanks to Shara Komayd—who is now Prime Minister of Saypuri, Mulaghesh was dragged to the place where it once the home of a death goddess and her dangerous warriors. However, few know, a miraculous type of metal has been discovered in Voortyashtan that may affect the fate of the world. The more Mulaghesh digs into the history of the city, the more mystery secrets that have been buried for ages now revealed.
I love every single character in this book. Bennett did an amazing job to demonstrate the characters and each of their own stories. The astonishing effect that was mixed between the aspect of ancient gods and urban time of Book 1 didn’t disappear. In fact, it becomes much more prominent. The world building is wonderfully made, and Mulaghesh’s mind is so details and complex, I can’t stop myself to turn the page and learn more about her.
You don’t even need to ask me if I would recommend it or not, because there is NO possible way that I would say no. The urban fantasy touch-up is beautifully mixed with the mysterious atmosphere. The solid, more-than-amazing writing and the vivid but surreal imagery give this book the power to take any reader’s breathe away. I absolutely love it!
*I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.
“There’s no such thing as a good death … It’s just a dull, stupid thing we all have to do eventually. To ask meaning of it is to ask meaning of a shadow.”
― Robert Jackson Bennett, City of Blades
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