City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett (3 out of 5)

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Bulikov was a city that used to conquer the worlds around it by enslaving and murdering thousands. Was is the tense used because it’s no longer the case with its protectors out of the picture- permanently. Bulikov may not recover from this mortal blow, now standing in a surreal futuristic shell of its former self. Enter Shara. Believed to be a diplomat sent by those who are trying to shut Bulikov down forever, she’s actually a skilled spy, trying to bust a murderer. Trying to do that, Shara’s brought into further into the shell of the broken metropolis by realizing that those who were presumed dead, may not be. And they may be on the rise to re-take over Bulikov and reign murder and blood upon all. The stairs that keep popping up all over Bulikov are a mystery onto themselves, and when you see what it’s about, it’s going to blow your mind. That’s when the book begins to do just that.

This is a book that has gotten fantastic reviews. I really enjoyed the world that Bennett has created here. You never quite know what’s going to happen, and that works both for and against the book. It seems as if you’re so caught up in atmospheric descriptions of what Bulikov was and could have been, that you oft lose sight of the characters and the evil pulsing behind the broken lights of the city. It’s also slow going for the first half of the book. I really didn’t start to get caught up into the story until page 140. I’m cursed with not being able to stop reading a book, even if it makes me crazy and bang my head against a brick wall. This book was not that bad at all, but it was slow going at the start. I really enjoyed the characters In this book. Shara really is a smart cookie in regards to how she goes about her mission. Everything you heard about Sigrud (aka The Viking Hulk)? Is true. Definitely my favorite part of the book. He and Shara make one hell of a team.

I guess I am only going with three on this one because the parts that lag really lag, as the parts that rock, really rock.. Bulikov is a shimmering metropolis, ready to either explode with forces of a primal and evil nature bursting forth, or explode with the forces of evil decimating the city to its knees. It could go either way, and again, both scenarios would work, but I was very happy with the way that Bennett wrote what happened. The cover is freaking awesome too.

*I received this book for free from Blogging For Books, in return for a honest review.*

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~ by generationgbooks on August 25, 2014.

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