City of Blades

City of Blades

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"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."
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2016
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780553419719
Branch Call Number: BEN
Characteristics: 484 p. ; 21 cm


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Dec 11, 2020

I liked City of Stairs (pt. 1) more than this second installment. I felt that Bennett spent more time describing and building setting in City of Stairs. Also, Blades has a lot less of Shara in it than Stairs. She only appears twice - when called upon long distance by her comrades. Blades felt a little too military occupation heavy. Additionally, I was able to predict about halfway through which character was responsible for the Divine activities. Overall, this is an entertaining sequel, and I will read part three

Dec 09, 2019

This is the second of three books in “The Divine Cities.” Second volumes from trilogies are often the doldrums of a story, but City of Blades is neither a derivative sequel nor the middle of a longer tale. Instead, it’s a separate story in the same fictional world as City of Stairs. This time a secondary character from the first book, General Mulagesh, is persuaded to return from retirement and investigate puzzling events in the land of a deceased god of war. This installment spends less time on the world-building that made the first book so fascinating, but delves more deeply into the characters’ lives, which is rewarding in a different way.

Nov 12, 2019

Great read. Looking forward to his other related works. -

Mar 07, 2019

A dense, complex and thoroughly satisfying exploration of the impact of duty, war, oppression, political movements, governmental intrigue and economics upon individuals and populations. Not recommended for someone who wants a simple story with a single thread.

ChristchurchLib Mar 21, 2016

Retired General Turyin Mulaghesh would like to stay retired, thank you very much. As the leader of the army that sacked the Continental city of Bulikov and destroyed its gods, she believes that she's done more than enough for the Saypur empire.
Unfortunately, the Saypuri prime minister has other plans for Mulaghesh and is suspending her military pension until she agrees to undertake a covert operation on the Continent. This follow-up to City of Stairs introduces a one-armed, foul-mouthed, and not always sober protagonist who's determined to successfully carry out the mission she never wanted any part of.

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