Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review - City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett @robertjbennett

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett
Series: The Divine Cities #2
Random House Publishing Group - Broadway Books
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Date Read: April 23, 2017
Source: Blogging for Books / NetGalley

The city of Voortyashtan was once the domain of the goddess of death, war, and destruction, but now it’s little more than a ruin. General Turyin Mulaghesh is called out of retirement and sent to this hellish place to try to find a Saypuri secret agent who’s gone missing in the middle of a mission, but the city of war offers countless threats: not only have the ghosts of her own past battles followed her here, but she soon finds herself wondering what happened to all the souls that were trapped in the afterlife when the Divinities vanished. Do the dead sleep soundly in the land of death? Or do they have plans of their own?
My Review

This was one impressive read!  I read the first book in this series, City of Stairs, a few months ago and really enjoyed it so I was really excited to finally get around to reading the second book in the series, City of Blades.  A lot of times the second book in a series doesn't quite live up to the first so I was a bit worried going into the book.  There was no need for any worry because as good as the first book was, this one was even better.  I had such a hard time putting this book down and when I was away from it, I couldn't get it out of my mind.  

I had really expected this book to focus on the same group of characters and I was somewhat wrong.  The main character in this book is Mulaghesh who did play an important role in the first book but was not the lead character.  I liked Mulaghesh in the first book but I absolutely loved her in this installment.  Getting to learn some of her back story really opened up her character.  She is tough, smart, and somewhat haunted by her past.  I love the an older woman who has seen and done a lot of things is the person at the center of this story.  

This book takes place in Voortyashtan which was very different than the setting of the first book.  This meant that while some of the world building did build on the what was established in the previous book, a lot of this world was entirely new.  The City of Blades ended up being something I would have never imagined but as it was described it I almost felt as if I were there.  I really feel like there is almost no boundaries with what this series can explore.

The story in this book was very exciting.  I did think that some of the earlier parts of the book were a bit tedious as I tried to figure out what was really going on.  When the story took off, it really didn't let up.  There are so many different things to solve that are all interconnected.  The story took quite a few twists that I didn't see coming.  I was a bit nervous as I read because I had no idea how things would work out for Mulaghesh and everyone.  

I would highly recommend this book to others.  This is the second book in the series and I do think that this series really needs to be read in order.  The stories are not a continuation but the events of the first book really impacted the characters and the world they live in.  I can't wait to see what is going to happen in City of Miracles!

I received a review copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Broadway Books via Blogging for Books and NetGalley.
The Divine Cities Series
Book #1 - City of Stairs - My Review
Book #2 - City of Blades
Book #3 - City of Miracles - Coming May 2, 2017!
About the Author
Photo: © Josh Brewster Photography
ROBERT JACKSON BENNETT was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but grew up in Katy, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and, like a lot of its alumni, was unable to leave the charms of the city. He resides there currently with his wife and children.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. Oh it's great to see you had such a great time there!

  2. Nice review! I am happy that you enjoyed this book and the series sounds good!

  3. Sounds like you are really enjoying this series. Great review!

  4. I can see how excited you are about this series. Thanks for sharing.

  5. You got me super interested in this world, it sounds different. I am now curious and will have to look this series up

  6. I love the cover of this one and am really wanting to give this series a try. I am so glad you liked this second book so much! It sounds like a strong series.

  7. Hmm, this is new to me. Looks good though. I like that there is an older protagonist in this one, that's kinda nice. and the interconnectedness sounds great too, love that in a fantasy. Sounds like good stuff!

  8. Awesome review, Carole. It is a new series to me. I love that it can be read as a standalone even though it is a series. The cover is gorgeous! :)

  9. This series is new to me! I love the covers of the book. It is one of the best bookish feelings, when a sequel is even better than an amazing book one. I'm so glad you enjoyed this book, Carole! Wonderful review!

    Have a fantastic week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  10. That does sound exciting. Glad things started to click after the beginning. And that it lived up to expectations :D

  11. Excellent review! I really need to start in on this series. :)

  12. The cover of this novel is so perfect! I love it! And you know a book is brilliant when it's so addicting that you just don't want to put it down. Glad you enjoyed it so much x


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