The City
8%
off

The City

3.54 (1,228 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day
When will my order arrive?

Description

The City is ancient and vast and has been waging almost constant war for centuries. At its heart resides the emperor. Few have ever seen him. Those who have remember a man in his prime - and yet he should be very old. Some speculate that he is no longer human, others wonder if indeed he ever truly was. And a few have come to a desperate conclusion: that the only way to halt the emperor's unslakebale thirst for war is to end his unnaturally long life. From the crumbling catacombs beneath the City where the poor struggle to stay alive to the blood-soaked fields of battle where so few heroes survive, these rebels emerge. Their hopes rest on one man. A man who was once the emperor's foremost general - a revered soldier who could lead an uprising and iliberate a city, a man who was betrayed, imprisoned, tortured and is now believed to be dead...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 704 pages
  • 126 x 202 x 38mm | 503g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552168955
  • 9780552168953
  • 139,166

Review quote

"The most satisfying, intelligent and enthralling epic fantasy I've read in many a year." -- JULIET McKENNA "An astonishing book ... combines extraordinary scope with first class characterization, devastating and visceral battles, a multi-layered plot and a tightly-focused narrative ... The City is easily the best fantasy novel I've read in the last decade." -- JAMES BARCLAY "One of the best fantasy novels I've read in a long time ... utterly compelling fiction, an awesome example of the genre ... brilliant." SF BOOK REVIEWS "Vast, immersive and accomplished." Independent on Sunday "A brutally visual world ... vivid, motivated characters each with a heartbreaking history ... thrilling and devastating ... a true epic." SCIFI NOWshow more

About Stella Gemmell

Stella Gemmell was married to the internationally acclaimed and bestselling fantasy novelist David Gemmell. She worked with him on his three Troy novels, completing the final book, Troy: Fall of Kings, following his death in 2006. She lives and writes in East Sussex. The City is her first solo novel.show more

Review Text

"A brutally visual world . . . vivid, motivated characters each with a heartbreaking history . . . thrilling and devastating . . . a true epic."show more

Back cover copy

The City is ancient and vast. For centuries it has been the cause of constant conflict and countless deaths . . . At the City’s heart resides the emperor. Few have ever seen him. Some speculate that he is no longer human, others wonder if he ever truly was. And there are those who have concluded that the only way to halt the ceaseless slaughter is to end his unnaturally long life. The hopes of these rebels – drawn from the City’s rotting catacombs and its blood-soaked fields of battle – rest with one man: a legendary soldier, able to lead an uprising and unite a people, a man who was betrayed, imprisoned, tortured – and who might quite possibly be dead . . .show more

Rating details

1,228 ratings
3.54 out of 5 stars
5 17% (213)
4 39% (482)
3 28% (348)
2 11% (131)
1 4% (54)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X