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City of Blades

City of Blades

(Book #2 in The Divine Cities series)


Book Overview: City of Blades

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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"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." --Tor.com

"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." --NPR.org

Robert Jackson Bennett is an acclaimed American author, renowned for his distinctive blend of fantasy, horror, and speculative fiction. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Bennett has demonstrated an extraordinary ability to create intricate, immersive worlds steeped in mystery and adventure. With a cursory education in fine arts from the University of Texas at Austin, he honed his storytelling craft into a career that has earned him impressive recognition in the literary world. Bennett's breakthrough came with the publication of "Mr. Shivers" in 2010. This seminal work ensnared the attention of critics and readers alike, bolstering Bennett's stature as a formidable voice in speculative fiction. Noted for an uncanny capacity to draw in the reader with his superior character development, he has several critically acclaimed novels to his credit, including the 'Divine Cities' trilogy and the 'Founders' series. Regarded for his compelling prose and meticulously crafted plots, Bennett has been honored with several esteemed awards. He is a two-time winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, recipient of the Edgar Award, and his works constantly feature in 'Best of the Year' lists. Bennett's compelling narratives, arrayed with haunting imagery and philosophical musings, continue to enthrall an expanding readership, affirming his status as one of the most captivating writers in contemporary fiction.

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