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City of Blades

Auteur(s): Robert Jackson Bennett
Narrateur(s): Alma Cuervo
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The city of Voortyashtan was once the home of the goddess of death, war, and destruction, but now it's little more than a ruin. General Turyin Mulaghesh is called out of retirement and sent to this hellish place to find a Saypuri secret agent who's gone AWOL in the middle of a mission. But the ghosts of past wars have followed her there, and soon she begins to wonder what happened to the souls in the afterlife when the gods were defeated by her people, the Polis. Do the dead sleep soundly in the land of death? Or do they have plans of their own?

©2016 Robert Jackson Bennett (P)2016 Recorded Books

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  • Au global
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Themes didn't resonate

The themes didn't resonate with me, the role of soldiers in war...just didn't seem to fit with the narrative and took me out of the story. The ending was disappointing. I like the concept of the story and the characters, but wish more could be fleshed out as outside the main cast the world seems empty. These pieces for me take me out of the immersion.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

Better than book 1

It’s a pretty slow book in a lot of places. Also, the history and world building always seem to be doled out like I suddenly sat down with a pontificating historian instead of being shown to the reader more naturally through the story itself.
That’s not to say it isn’t a good book or story, just that it can be somewhat cumbersome to listen to on occasion.
I enjoyed the book more than book 1 where I feel all of the above issues were magnified much more, so presumably the author got better as he wrote the series. It gives me more hope for book 3.

Having said all that somewhat negative stuff above I would end by saying a fantasy story stuck in a more advanced technology world with Gods dead and alive is actually quite enjoyable, especially when compared to the plethora of Tolkienesque fantasy that already exists.

P.S. The main character is much more enjoyable than the main character from book 1. So that’s a bonus.

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