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And, later, when I was in prison…when I thought I would go mad…I held on to this very tightly, this memory of the little blond girl laughing as she ran through the forest. This tiny, perfect creature, darting among these great big trees. When the world grinds you down, you pick a handful of fires to hold close to your heart. It is hard to realize that the memories that were so important to you are not as important to those around you. I loved the dynamic this brought to the story.

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The only bad thing is that with so much going on there were some times that the story lulled a little. But then there would be a huge fight scene or big reveal that made that lull totally worth it. This is a little bleaker than some books in there are a few deaths that really hurt in it. The ending was also a little hard on me as some of the characters have to face new challenges and we know that they are not all in good positions. Sigrud for instance I feel for the most, especially after all the pain he has already endured.

But I totally look forward to the conclusion to this series and hope that my summer heart can take it. Prime Minister Shara Komayd has an off the books mission for her, find a missing ministry official and investigate a miraculous substance. The worst part of all is Mulaghesh has to travel to Voortyashtan otherwise known as The City of Blades.

Voortyashtan was the land of the divinity of war and death Voortya and despite being a ruin since the blink, it's still a dangerous place. The City of Blades was surprising in many ways. The biggest surprise was that the author decided to make a sequel to City of Stairs. It was surprising, not because City of Stairs was a bad book, but because the events that unfolded were so monumental that it seemed unlikely a sequel could be as good as the original. Unfortunately I don't believe the sequel was as good as the first book.

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The main reason for that is it was just too similar to the original. The events in City of Stairs should have been a one time event, not something that could happen again Yet that's what happens in many ways. The next large surprise was using City of Stairs support character Turyin Mulaghesh as the main protagonist. I know many people loved Mulaghesh, but all I remembered about her was that she was a foul mouthed woman who was in charge in Bulikov.

I didn't dislike her, but I certainly didn't feel she should be the main protagonist. I'll admit I did grow to appreciate her as the story went along, but I still would have preferred Shara Komayd and Sigrud running the show. Not only is Shara Komayd not the main protagonist, but she is relegated to a similar role that Vinya Komayd played in City of Stairs.

She's calling the shots, but unlike Vinya, Shara has lost the support of seemingly everyone and she's certain she'll be out of office soon. I really missed Shara's presence. Mar 17, Justine rated it really liked it Shelves: read. This is a very well written and intense tale, and in my opinion, it surpasses the first book, City of Stairs. Turyin Mulaghesh, pulled out of retirement after the Battle of Bulikov returns to the Continent, this time to the city of Voortyashtan to investigate the disappearance of a Ministry official and of course, other strange occurrences.

But being in Voortyashtan brings back a host of combat related memories for Mulaghesh in addition to being a veritable powder keg of its own. Within this fanta This is a very well written and intense tale, and in my opinion, it surpasses the first book, City of Stairs. Within this fantasy tale, Bennett has much to say about the nature of war, soldiering, and being an occupying force. He fills the pages with as much humour as philosophy and melancholy, which keeps the characters realistic and alive rather than simply preachy.

While it is certainly filled with horror and heartbreak, Mulaghesh in particular offers this hopeful insight on what it means to be a soldier: "But a soldier, a true soldier, I think, does not take. Not for the faint of heart perhaps, but Bennett definitely put his own heart into this one.

View all 11 comments. Jul 20, Bob rated it really liked it Shelves: female-fronted-fantasy , fantasy-epic. As much as I came to see City of Stairs, the first book of The Divine Cities, as a remarkable multi-genre crossover success, it took me a while to warm up to it. In fact, at one point I put the book down with little intention of finishing it.

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What a mistake that would have been. In the end, it turned out to be one of my favorite books of the year. Fort As much as I came to see City of Stairs, the first book of The Divine Cities, as a remarkable multi-genre crossover success, it took me a while to warm up to it. Fortunately, there was no such hesitation or doubt involved with City of Blades. This is a book that hooked me from the first chapter and kept me reading at a frantic pace. I devoured the first pages on a Friday night, and then binged my way through the rest over the weekend.

Shara Thivani is kept largely off the page here, appearing only in a few scattered scenes, leaving General Turyin Mulaghesh to carry the tale. Mulaghesh was definitely a secondary character in the first book, but one of significance. She's a darker, more tragic hero than we knew, but she's also harder than we ever suspected. Retired she may be, forced into one last retirement tour, but she's still a soldier at heart.

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We heard a lot about Voortyashtan in the first book, but actually seeing it for ourselves is something of a shock. This is not the civilized, progressive, urban fantasy setting of Bulikov. This is much more of a traditional rural fantasy setting, but one with layers and secrets of its own.

Beneath the broken harbor town is a submerged city that must be dredged to reopen the canal; beneath the feudal conflicts of the river tribes and hill tribes is a dangerous political situation; and beneath the military presence on the frontier of civilization is. There's an entire other story under water and underground here, and it's the best part of the book. Once again we have a traditional sort of mystery to launch the story, a murder mystery that brings Mulaghesh out of retirement, and a question of Divinity to add a frightening edge to things.

This time, however, the threat of the divine is very much at the forefront of the tale, even if it does call into question one of the most well-known stories of the Blink. I loved the way Bennett explored that aspect here, and even if I guessed at the connection between the mines and the City of Blades itself, I have nothing but positive things to say about how it was all revealed. City of Blades does have a lot in common with the first book, dealing with a lot of the same themes and ideas, but the new setting and change in POV make it a completely different book.

I can honestly say I enjoyed it more than the first, and am anxious to see where Bennett takes us next. Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for review consideration. This does not in any way affect the honesty or sincerity of my review. Dec 29, Rob rated it it was amazing Shelves: author-male , not-a-bookclub-club , read , fantasy , own.


Executive Summary: The sequel I wasn't sure I wanted turned out to be the best read of the year so far. It ended up being one of my favorite reads of Not only was it well written and engrossing, but it was a stand alone!

Who does that? No one anymore it seems like. While the world Mr. Bennett built was fascinating and large enough to accommodate many stories, I didn Executive Summary: The sequel I wasn't sure I wanted turned out to be the best read of the year so far.

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Bennett built was fascinating and large enough to accommodate many stories, I didn't feel I needed another one. So when I found out he was going to be writing a sequel to it after all, I was apprehensive. Would riding the popularity of the first book lessen it? If an author writes a book as a stand alone, would a sequel he never intended to write be any good?

In this case, the answer is it turns out to be even better. At least for me. I found Mulaghesh to be an excellent supporting character in the first book. I was intrigued by the idea of her being the protagonist. Of course it didn't hurt that the rumor was we'd get more of Sigurd as well. The change of protagonist and location made this book feel mostly like another stand alone story set in the same world.

However, unlike the first book, I don't think you can just pick this up on it's own.