City of Night

City of Night

A Novel of the House War

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • ISBN 9780756406448
  • 560 Pages
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  • Adult


THe Hosue War is the story of the battle for control of the most powerful of the ruling Houses in the Essalieyan Empire — House Terafin. But it is also the tale of Jewel Markess. 

Rescued from her precarious existence as an orphan in the slums of the capital city, Averalaan, by Rath — a recluse whose family is powerful within House Terafin — Jewel is gathering together children less fortunate than herself, creating her own den.

But now times are truly desperate within Averalaan’s hundred holdings. Street children are disappearing, theft and violence are increasing, and even Jewel’s den is finding it hard to make ends meet.

They’ve been living on their own for some time, but Rath is still their mentor and continues to sell items they find in the ancient undercity hidden beneath the streets of Averalaan. Then suddenly, Rath orders them to avoid the undercity. 

Yet Rath himself refuses to heed the warnings of Jewel’s seer dreams. Instead, he allies with the mages of the Order of Knowledge in a secret war against demonic foes, knowing he’ll be targeted for death — or worse. In a last attempt to protect Jewel and her den-kin, he provides a note of introduction to the head of House Terafin — Rath’s sister, whom he’d sworn never to contact. 

For only withing the well-guarded Terafin manse will the den stand any chance of escaping the unnatural forces reaching out to claim them….
City of Night

City of Night

Written by: Michelle West


Praise for The House War novels:
“Richly and superbly detailed. Her characters live and sing.” —Examiner 
“Lush, richly intricate…Jay is charismatic, deeply compelling…. The story sucked me in and didn’t spit me out till the end…. Some say Michelle West has been propelled into the ranks of George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb—I say she’s been there all along.” —Night Owl Reviews 
“Fans of award-winning Toronto fantasy writer Michelle West will be delighted with this return to the vivid and detailed universe of the Sacred Hunt and the Sun Sword series…. In a richly woven world, and with a cast of characters that ranges from traumatized street kids to the wealthy heads of the most prominent houses in Averalaan, West pulls no punches as she hooks readers in with her bold and descriptive narrative.” —Quill & Quire 
“This is a compelling story with riveting and finely wrought characters that will keep you up well into the night. This story will go down as one of the best novels in its genre, propelling West into the ranks of Robin Hobb and George R.R. Martin. It’s simply a great read, don’t miss it.” —The Main Edge 
“West is growing into a superb storyteller as demonstrated by this best effort to date with a fully realized world populated by a diverse range of nicely developed characters and a compelling storyline that hooks readers in from the start.” —Monsters and Critics 
“I am glad I read it. It is out of the ordinary for a fantasy tale, and is a Hamletrather than a Henry V.” —Grasping for the Wind 
“Michelle West tells a wonderful tale…. I really like the way West draws the charac­ters, making them, even the children, memorable. A lot of untold richesare implied here, and I’m waiting eagerly for sequels.” —Philadelphia Center City Weekly Press 
“The power and majesty of the series is in the characters, although the world itself is extraordinary…. The House War series is timeless and clearly takes it place at the top of its genre. It is a full-bodied piece of work that is satisfying, intriguing and thought-provoking.” —Bitten by Books