The City

The City

Book - 2013
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In her debut solo novel, Stella Gemmell, coauthor of the "powerful" ( Booklist ) conclusion to David Gemmell's Troy series, weaves a dark epic fantasy about a war-torn civilization and the immortal emperor who has it clutched in his evil grasp.
The City is ancient, layers upon layers. Once a thriving metropolis, it has sprawled beyond its bounds, inciting endless wars with neighboring tribes and creating a barren wasteland of what was once green and productive.
In the center of the City lives the emperor. Few have ever seen him, but those who have recall a man in his prime, though he should be very old. Some grimly speculate that he is no longer human, if he ever was. A small number have come to the desperate conclusion that the only way to stop the war is to end the emperor's unnaturally long life.
From the mazelike sewers below the City, where the poor struggle to stay alive in the dark, to the blood-soaked fields of battle, where few heroes manage to endure the never-ending siege, the rebels pin their hopes on one man--Shuskara. The emperor's former general, he was betrayed long ago and is believed to be dead. But, under different aliases, he has survived, forsaking his City and hiding from his immortal foe. Now the time has come for him to engage in one final battle to free the City from the creature who dwells at its heart, pulling the strings that keep the land drenched in gore.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Pub. Group, 2013.
ISBN: 9780425264188
Branch Call Number: GEM
Characteristics: 520 pages


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Jun 12, 2014

The first 100 pages were a bit boring but it improved when the story moved on from the sewers. I liked most of the characters and the different POV's were interesting.
All in all, a very good story.

Dec 08, 2013

TERRIFIC BOOK !!!! Fast Paced, could not put it down. Always something else coming up to keep you intrigued. Thick book (520 pages), but reads like a much shorter one. Great for these long, cold, winter days.

Aug 01, 2013

This is essentially book 4 of a series, where the first 3 books were written by the author's deceased husband David.

VIRL doesn't have copies of the first 3 books. This is downrated because I don't like to read book 4 before book 1.


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