The City

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The City

Format:  Hardcover,

520 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Jun 2013

ISBN-13: 9780425264188

ISBN-10: 0425264181

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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: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Jun 2013
ISBN-13: 9780425264188
ISBN-10: 0425264181
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 520
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.64
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 2.0


Review by Library Journal (2013-06-15)

The City sprawls in the center of an unending war, a bloated behemoth built on the ruins of other cities long gone. Under it, in the sewers and ruins, vast rivers of water and less pure things flow, and an entire population of displaced "Dwellers" try to survive on what they can scavenge. In the center of The City resides The Immortal, the emperor who remains largely unseen yet holds absolute power over the populace.

Rumors surface that The Immortal is not human, that he is of a race called the Serafim, beings of superior strength and unknown abilities, who at one time bred with humans to create the ruling families. One thing has become clear: the war has decimated the countryside, spoiled land and water, and destroyed generations in unending battles. A small band of rebels believes that the only way to end the war is to kill The Immortal.

Verdict: Populated with strong characters, including The City itself, this epic tale slowly builds until disparate events coalesce, moving inexorably toward the final climax. This skillfully crafted solo debut by the widow of, and coauthor with, best-selling fantasy novelist David Gemmell (Troy: Fall of Kings) proves that she is equal to the task. While the ending is definitely satisfying, enough questions remain unanswered that one hopes this is the first in a series and not the last we see of The City.-Jennifer Beach, Cumberland Cty. P.L., VA

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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