The City

The City

Format
ePub
Price
$18.99
 
Additional Formats
  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781101606452
  • 528 Pages
  • Ace
  • Adult

Overview

In her debut solo novel, Stella Gemmell, coauthor of the “powerful” (Booklist) conclusion to David Gemmell’s Troy series, weaves a dark epic fantasy about a war-torn civilization and the immortal emperor who has it clutched in his evil grasp.
 
The City is ancient, layers upon layers. Once a thriving metropolis, it has sprawled beyond its bounds, inciting endless wars with neighboring tribes and creating a barren wasteland of what was once green and productive.
 
In the center of the City lives the emperor. Few have ever seen him, but those who have recall a man in his prime, though he should be very old. Some grimly speculate that he is no longer human, if he ever was. A small number have come to the desperate conclusion that the only way to stop the war is to end the emperor’s unnaturally long life.
 
From the mazelike sewers below the City, where the poor struggle to stay alive in the dark, to the blood-soaked fields of battle, where few heroes manage to endure the never-ending siege, the rebels pin their hopes on one man—Shuskara. The emperor’s former general, he was betrayed long ago and is believed to be dead. But, under different aliases, he has survived, forsaking his City and hiding from his immortal foe. Now the time has come for him to engage in one final battle to free the City from the creature who dwells at its heart, pulling the strings that keep the land drenched in gore.
 
 

Praise

“An astonishing book.”—James Barclay, author of the Legends of the Raven series

“Exciting, intelligent, emotional.”—SFFWorld

“Gemmell proves more than capable of standing on her own with this powerful epic fantasy…Richly textured prose and settings distinguish this novel, and fans of grimdark fantasy will hope it spawns many sequels.”—Publishers Weekly

“Every chapter ends in another question, making it nearly impossible to put the book down…The characters’ complexities are a marvel, making them relatable and believable.”—RT Book Reviews

“[Gemmell] is an excellent writer…A gripping climax and wonderful multidimensional characters…A new and very powerful voice in the world of fantasy.”—Parmenion Books
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