You've got to be careful when you're chasing a murderer through Bulikov, for the world is not as it should be in that city. When the gods were destroyed and all worship of them banned by the Polis, reality folded; now stairs lead to nowhere, alleyways have become portals to the past, and criminals disappear into thin air.
The murder of Dr Efrem Pangyui, the Polis diplomat researching the Continent's past, has begun something, and now whispers of an uprising flutter out from invisible corners. Only one woman may be willing to pursue the truth - but it is likely to cost her everything.
©2014 Robert Jackson Bennett (P)2015 WF Howes Ltd
"A smooth novel of near perfection and the best Epic Fantasy novel I've read this year. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough." (SFF World)
"With nods to Neil Gaiman's slumbering deities, Ursula K. LeGuin's two-faced political schemers and China Miéville's labyrinthine worlds, City Of Stairs is a compulsively readable and thought-provoking tale that confirms the author as one of the genre's most exciting talents." (SciFiNow)
"[Bennett has] said that he hopes that his readers learn something definite about the world from his books; he's succeeded in his aim. A murder mystery, spy thriller, fantasy adventure and philosophical treatise rolled into one. Highly recommended." (Sci-Fi Bulletin)
Fantastic book very clever idea played out with imagination and verve. Well worth a read for any fan of contemporary fantasy
A little overlong, and it slightly drags in places, but this is a brilliantly original fantasy.
The world building is good, as is the twisty turny plot. It's peripherally simiar to Richard Morgan's series of fantasty, but with a lighter tone and a great deal of heart.
I really enjoyed this - interesting characters, a fascinating world and a complex and credible clash of cultures. A spy thriller with a hint of detective story set in a city transformed by destruction of the gods who once lived there. Basically every aspect of this is pretty great. Also it is well read. All in all one of the best audio books I have listened to.
Innovative world building. Complex characters. Intriguing plot. Creative magic system. Stylish prose. Great performance from the narrator. If you want something a bit different from your usual fantasy fix, then give it a crack.
No, I much more interested in reading the Sequel. Good book, I just don't listen to books twice as prefer something new.
Sigrud, the tough man of little words but much action.
I don't like to say there are favourites. I found all characters well written and engaging.
It is the interplay that makes a character to me.
Performance was good.
I am sometime irritated by the voice. Not so here. Allowed to focus on the story rather the reader.
I enjoyed how the book developed continually. I related it to a post war world with a spy drama unfolding in a world of state vs religion. The overall look at religion vs ordered state was an enjoyable on for me.
Great book, well written. A change from my usual fantasy type read but really enjoyed and delighted to see squeal is available in couple of weeks.
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