Release Date: 24/03/16
Publisher: Bantam Press
The emperor is dead…long live the emperor!
The fervent hope of the victorious rebels and the survivors of the uprising that liberated the City from tyranny is that the accession of Archange to the imperial throne will usher in a new era of freedom, peace and stability. If only that were so...
As the the City struggles to return to something resembling normal life after the devastation brought on by the rebellion, word arises of a massive army gathering to the north. No one knows where it has come from or who leads it, but it soon becomes apparent that its sole purpose is to destroy the City and annihilate all - man, woman and child - who live within its battered walls. And while warriors go forth to fight and die on the battlefield in defence of their homeland and all that they believe in, bitter family feuds and ancient rivalries, political and personal betrayals, and mindless murder surface within the palaces and corridors of power: it seems the City is under siege - from both without and within . . .
With this new novel, Stella Gemmell brings the astonishing story of the City to a spectacular climax and confirms her place as a master of the genre.
Having thoroughly enjoyed The City, I’ve been waiting (Im)patiently for this release. After all I want to see how “The City” was affected after the events of the previous novel and in this, the second part of the duology, we get to see not only world development but also emotional alongside it.
Its well written, the prose is sharp and for me with the action sequences goes to show good solid storytelling with a masterful understanding of pacing. Back this up with good dialogue and all round I was a more than happy reader. Cracking.