The Booklover’s Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
The best book I read in 2014 was Robert Jackson Bennett’s City of Stairs. I wasn’t in the habit of reading fantasy, but had heard an interesting review of the book on NPR and thought that I would check it out. The book was outstanding — a definite five hearts!
When City of Blades came out early this year, I couldn’t wait to read it as well. I wasn’t disappointed. Bennett has included all of the characters which I grew to love in City of Stairs. This is important. Bennett’s characters are well-developed and he imbues them with qualities that endear them to the reader. Very often, you just can’t identify with the characters making the story difficult to read. Not so with General Mulaghesh, Sigrud, etc.
The story begins with a messenger coming to see the novel’s protagonist General Turyin Mulaghesh, in a bid to bring her out of retirement and get her aid in solving the disappearance of a Saypuri operative. She accepts the mission. During her search General Mulaghesh, rumored war criminal and hero of the Battle of Bulikov, uncovers evidence of the divine in Voortyashtan, only this divinity is the goddess of war and death.
This second installment in Bennett’s Divine Cities series is as good as the first novel City of Stairs. At this point, I’m not sure if I’m looking forward to Justin Cronin’s third installment in The Passage Trilogy or Robert Jackson Bennett’s third installment in The Divine Cities series. What a wonderful dilemma for a reader to have!
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Book Details: Published by Broadway Books (January 26, 2016), 498 Pages, ISBN: 978-0553419719.