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City of Stairs

City of Stairs

(Book #1 in The Divine Cities series)


Book Overview: City of Stairs

An atmospheric and intrigue-filled novel of dead gods, buried histories, and a mysterious, protean city--from one of America's most acclaimed young science fiction writers.

The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions--until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself--first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it--stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy.

Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the unassuming young woman is just another junior diplomat sent by Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, she is one of her country's most accomplished spies, dispatched to catch a murderer. But as Shara pursues the killer, she starts to suspect that the beings who ruled this terrible place may not be as dead as they seem--and that Bulikov's cruel reign may not yet be over.

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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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