Sunday, 8 June 2014

Lets try something different by Kimmy

Hello my little June Bugs,

Aren't you the lucky ones, another review on the same day and yes, more to come.  Enjoy!!

The City
by Stella Gemmell

Published Date: 24th April 2014



Rating:

**Disclaimer - I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**


Summary:

The City is ancient and vast and has been waging almost constant war for centuries. At its heart resides the emperor. Few have ever seen him. Those who have remember a man in his prime - and yet he should be very old. Some speculate that he is no longer human, others wonder if indeed he ever truly was. And a few have come to a desperate conclusion: that the only way to halt the emperor's unslakebale thirst for war is to end his unnaturally long life.

From the crumbling catacombs beneath the City where the poor struggle to stay alive to the blood-soaked fields of battle where so few heroes survive, these rebels emerge. Their hopes rest on one man. A man who was once the emperor's foremost general - a revered soldier who could lead an uprising and iliberate a city, a man who was betrayed, imprisoned, tortured and is now believed to be dead...

Review:

Another Netgalley find.  I actually received this book as an arc at the time, unfortunately this review is coming to you after the release.  Not my usual genre, thought I would try something different.

This was a big read.  I must admit it took me a while to get through.  I found it easier to get into some scenes more than I did others.  This is probably what took me so long.  But even still, the book kept drawing me back, I wanted to see what else was going to happen.  I really thought this book was great.  But, there was just something about it that can't make me give it more than 3 cupcakes.  Some parts I would find myself reading in bigger chunks, I just needed to know what was going to happen next.  Other parts just didn't hold my attention so well, I found myself really just reading through these parts in hope that I was going to get back to the story and characters of who I really wanted to read more about.

There are many different timelines and different views from various characters.  Most are very skillfully woven together, some however could have done with that little bit more attention.  The world building and storytelling was well done and I found myself quickly interested in a few of the characters and their storyline.

I do feel though that it is worth a read.  If you do decide to read it and find yourself in the same situation as I did, persevere.

Congratulations to Stella Gemmell, may you have many future successes!

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