City of Blades

City of Blades : A Novel

4.21 (15,278 ratings by Goodreads)
4.21 (15,278 ratings by Goodreads)

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A triumphant return to the world of City of Stairs.

A generation ago, the city of Voortyashtan was the stronghold of the god of war and death, the birthplace of fearsome supernatural sentinels who killed and subjugated millions.

Now, the city's god is dead. The city itself lies in ruins. And to its new military occupiers, the once-powerful capital is a wasteland of sectarian violence and bloody uprisings.

So it makes perfect sense that General Turyin Mulaghesh-- foul-mouthed hero of the battle of Bulikov, rumored war criminal, ally of an embattled Prime Minister--has been exiled there to count down the days until she can draw her pension and be forgotten.

At least, it makes the perfect cover story.

The truth is that the general has been pressed into service one last time, dispatched to investigate a discovery with the potential to change the world--or destroy it.

The trouble is that this old soldier isn't sure she's still got what it takes to be the hero.

-- Amazon 2016 Best Books of the Year: Mystery & Thrillers
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 133 x 202 x 28mm | 397g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0553419714
  • 9780553419719
  • 193,841

Review quote

"Astonishingly good... a deep, powerful novel that's worth reading and rereading."--Publishers Weekly (starred)

"Building beautifully upon the richly detailed world introduced in the first book of the series, Bennett serves a stew of fantasy and adventure with a healthy dose of humor and a ladle full of violence."--Library Journal (starred)

"Richly detailed and expertly plotted. A grand entertainment."--Kirkus

"Like the very best speculative fiction, City of Blades immerses readers in a made-up world, only to force us to take a harder look at the real one."--Booklist

Praise for City of Stairs

"Readers seeking a truly refreshing fantasy milieu should travel to Bulikov, and welcome its conquest."--New York Times Book Review

"A delightful urban fantasy that travels through a city full of Escher-like staircases and alternate realities." --Washington Post

"[An] incredible journey through a wondrously weird and surprising world... Awesome."

"Bennett has built a great world, original and unique, with a scent and a texture, a sense of deep, bloody history, and a naturally blended magic living in the stones."

Finalist for the 2015 World Fantasy, Locus, and British Fantasy Awards
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About Robert Jackson Bennett

ROBERT JACKSON BENNETT is the author of American Elsewhere, The Troupe, The Company Man, Mr. Shivers and City of Stairs. He lives in Austin with his wife and son.
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15,278 ratings
4.21 out of 5 stars
5 39% (5,988)
4 45% (6,905)
3 14% (2,070)
2 2% (255)
1 0% (60)
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