City Of Stairs

by Robert Jackson Bennett

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Book 12 of 56 in the Best Fantasy Books Since 2010
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An atmospheric and intrigue-filled novel of dead gods, buried histories, and a mysterious, protean city--from one of America's most acclaimed young SF writers.

The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions—until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself—first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it—stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy.

Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the unassuming young woman is just another junior diplomat sent by Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, she is one of her country's most accomplished spies, dispatched to catch a murderer. But as Shara pursues the killer, she starts to suspect that the beings who ruled this terrible place may not be as dead as they seem—and that Bulikov's cruel reign may not yet be over.

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2 comments
Meles | 2015-04-08 09:27:27
This book almost has the feel of an alternate history in an alternate universe. The action takes place in a much more modern world than the typical fantasy. The class of cultures makes a fascinating backdrop to the story.
Anonymous | 2015-04-26 05:27:40
Honestly, I enjoyed the book but found it thoroughly predictable. Then again I've read everything on your top 100 so maybe I'm just used to it.
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