Book Review: City of Blades

City of BladesThe 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.

Life After the Rapture

The Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Tom Perotta’s newest book is not a typical choice for me.  I saw the movie Little Children starring Kate Winslet, so I was curious when this book came out.  The fact that life after The Rapture was central to the story made me that much more curious.  I was not disappointed.

In The Leftovers, Tom Perotta explores what would happen if The Rapture actually took place.  The book opens just a short time after millions of people have  just disappeared from the earth. Perotta’s characters show a variety of emotions, including indifference, avoidance, and depression.  Two of the main characters even join strange cults that spring up after The Rapture. 

Perotta’s novel is ordinary in the sense that Justin Cronin’s novel The Passage is extraordinary.  Both follow apocalyptic events, yet the way life goes on after the events in the two novels could not be more different.  Perotta leaves the reader feeling that even after an apocalyptic event,  life would go on in a strangely normal fashion.  That left me pondering the story long after it was over.

Book Details:  Published by St. Martin’s Press (August 30, 2011), 368 pages, ISBN: 0312358342.