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Robert Jackson Bennett

Forfatter af City of Stairs

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Værker af Robert Jackson Bennett

City of Stairs (2014) 1,924 eksemplarer
Foundryside (2018) 1,757 eksemplarer
City of Blades (2016) 769 eksemplarer
American Elsewhere (2013) 695 eksemplarer
City of Miracles (2017) 591 eksemplarer
Shorefall (2020) 574 eksemplarer
Mr. Shivers (2010) 405 eksemplarer
The Troupe (2012) 267 eksemplarer
Locklands (2022) 261 eksemplarer
The Company Man (2011) 192 eksemplarer
The Tainted Cup (2024) 144 eksemplarer
Vigilance (2019) 139 eksemplarer
The Divine Cities Trilogy (2018) 58 eksemplarer
In the Shadows of Men (2020) 21 eksemplarer

Associated Works

Dark Duets: All-New Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy (2014) — Bidragyder — 100 eksemplarer
The Lion and the Aardvark: Aesop's Modern Fables (2013) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
Broken Time Blues: Fantastic Tales in the Roaring '20s (2011) — Bidragyder — 11 eksemplarer
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 46 • March 2014 (2014)nogle udgaver9 eksemplarer
Subterranean Magazine Summer 2012 — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer

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ARC Review.

Summary: The book follows Dinios Kol (I nicknamed him dino) in this 'knieves out' fantasy world as he assists Ana Dolabora in solving a murder, this leading them to a string of many more mysteries to solve.

My Thoughts:
Honestly, I am a very big nonfiction, historical fiction, thriller, ya reader and because of that sci-fi and fantasy can be hard for me to get into, but Bennett's writing style and way he introduced the world our protagonists live in was amazingly done. A great 'Gateway' book for fantasy.

The magic system is something I really enjoyed, there is no over explanations, but sprinkles of information subtly placed to better understand the world as a whole. I loved how it was introduced as I really dislike info dumps.

The characters all has such present, and distinct personalities that are so loveable. I found my self laughing out loud from lines in this book.

In general, such a great book that I had loads of fun reading, its size normally would have had me bored half way through, but I never found myself in a chapter that felt never ending.
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3lizabethwh0 | 18 andre anmeldelser | Feb 24, 2024 |
What an unexpected sequel this is, unexpected in ways that turn out to be the right ones. City of Blades is darker, grittier, more cruel, more tragic, more personal than the first book. There are many deaths. There is a lot of heartbreak. It made me feel so much, so deeply.

Our main POV character this time is Mulaghesh. Tough, snarky, stubborn. She has PTSD after the Battle of Bulikov in the first book. She is so damaged, yet unbroken.

“You do what you feel is right not because it is satisfying, but because you find any other option to be intolerable.”

Mulaghesh has mysterious events to investigate and goes to Voortyashtan, a forbidding place that has worshiped war, death, grief, and destruction for hundreds of years. As the mystery unfolds and the stakes climb higher and higher (of course they do), we see the unfolding of Mulaghesh’s backstory, which is horrific.

I loved seeing Sigrud again. The dark spaces this book occupies needed things such as

“How the hells did you get in here?”
“I picked the lock?”

“I have booze hidden all over the place. Dead drop training has its uses beyond espionage.”

Sigrud’s character arc goes to a horrible place, too, though.

War is another main character. The idea of war as something perpetual, something inevitable, something progressive, something glorious (Mulaghesh comes to reject this so wholeheartedly.) War crimes that make everyone into a victim, both the victims and the perpetrators – this is hard for me to stomach, even as I acknowledge that it’s true.

“But a soldier, a true soldier, I think, does not take. A soldier gives.”
“Gives what?”
“Anything,” says Mulaghesh. “Everything, if asked of us. We’re servants, as I said. … A good soldier does everything they can so they do not have to kill.”

“Killing echoes inside you. It never goes away. Maybe some who have killed don’t know that they’ve lost something, but they have.”

Robert Jackson Bennett has put me through a grinder, he has taken me on a roller-coaster ride of darkness, adventure, tragedy, and badass action (go, Mulaghesh). The ending was riveting.
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Alexandra_book_life | 64 andre anmeldelser | Feb 23, 2024 |
I'm obsessed. This book is like "Inception" meets "Six of Crows" meets "The Lies of Locke Lamora" and it was everything I feel like I'd been craving to read lately! The magic system is complex and unique, the mystery element has these great sneaky layers to it, and the characters are so wonderfully fleshed out and human. The whole story is just chock full of mayhem and chaos that drags you right down into the depths of it and holds you there. Like, things get so batshit wild and I was livinggggg for it. I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy!… (mere)
deborahee | 85 andre anmeldelser | Feb 23, 2024 |
This was a fun, twisty murder mystery set in a fantasy world. The Sherlock Holmes-Watson pair in this mystery are head investigator Ana Dolabra and new assistant Dinios Kol. The story is told from Kol's point of view which I thought was an excellent choice.

Dolabra and Kol are tasked with investigating the bizarre death of a high ranking official at an influential family's mansion. Kol has been enhanced to be an engraver who is altered to remember everything that he encounters. At the same time, it is the rainy season when huge leviathans come towards the land of the empire with only the enormous sea walls for protection. Is this murder and a recent breach at the wall related? It is up to Ana and Din to find out.

The world building and pacing in this book were excellent. There were many clues sprinkled throughout but plenty of twists that I didn't see coming. Everyone seems to have a secret and it was fun to read about Din's reactions to everything around him and working on his first case. I think that fans of mystery or fantasy can find something to like here. I loved the characters of Ana and Din and look forward to reading more adventures.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Del Rey in exchange for honest feedback.
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walterqchocobo | 18 andre anmeldelser | Feb 21, 2024 |



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