Monday, June 29, 2015
City of Stairs
author: Robert Jackson Bennett
average rating: 4.16
book published: 2014
read at: 2015/06/29
date added: 2015/06/29
'City of Stairs' is the third Robert Jackson Bennett book I've read. This book is certainly different from the first two, but themes of the vast, scary unknown inhabit all three. He's definitely an author I enjoy reading.
When a murder happens in the city of Bulikov, a young "diplomat" and her "secretary" find themselves in the middle of something bigger than they initially thought. Shara Divani and strong silent Sigrud are in a city that Shara's city conquered, so there is enough bad blood to go around. Also, the city is home to six deities that are believed to be dead, but it seems that there may be folks who are trying to stir things up that should probably not be stirred up. Mix in an old flame of Shara's, a conniving aunt, a hidden city, and a warehouse full of strange miraculous items and you have some disparate ingredients that all fit together somehow.
Shara is cloak to Sigrud's dagger. She is all diplomacy and brains, he is all deadly killing machine. This is a pretty good pair of characters and I particularly liked that a man and a woman in a story can be partners without the need to always romantically involve them. They have a complex relationship that seems to go back years, but a complete respect for each other. The twists weren't so twisty to me, but they are nice surprises. All in all a very satisfying read, and another great book by Robert Jackson Bennett.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Crown Publishing, Broadway Books, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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