Wednesday, 11 August 2010

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: City of Snakes - Darren Shan


The final, never-before-published volume in the noirish, gritty urban fantasy for adults from the bestselling Children's author. 'The Cardinal is dead - long live The Cardinal' For ten years Capac Raimi has ruled the City as The Cardinal. Created by the first Cardinal to rule after him and continue his legacy, Capac cannot be killed. But that doesn't stop his enemies trying. And he has a lot of enemies. In the past Capac has always been content to wait his adversaries out, safe in the knowledge that he can't lose playing a long game. But things are changing. Rival gangs are gaining power in the City. And figures from Capac's past are reappearing - people only he remembers, the first Cardinal's other creations, who disappeared with him ten years ago. It can only mean one thing. The mysterious Incan priests, the ancient powers behind the City, have never been happy about ceding control to Capac. Now they have a plan to take the City back. And this time Capac really could have a fight to the death on his hands!


Darren Shan is one of those authors that you either love or hate. Personally I love the guy’s writing but that doesn’t mean that it will appeal to everyone. Within this offering is a tale that will keep you guessing, some great characters and to be honest quite a bit of growth and whilst you can technically read this without having read the previous two I’d heavily advise against that as you won’t get the full Shan flavour. It’s quirky, its twisted and to be honest the weirdness is strangely appealing. A great offering from the author in this series and definitely a real piece of escapism.

1 comment:

Angela Addams said...

This looks interesting...and doesn't sound like the typical UF/ paranormal romance that is popping up everywhere.