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  • Great read!

    Awesome world building and great characters in a stand alone novel.

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  • Not her best, but still good

    One thing Martha Wells is good at, it's making new worlds and populating it with characters that at in turns likable and fallible at the same time. While I feel the ending is the weakest part of the story, overall it still stands as one of her better works (but not her best)

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  • Well worth reading this mystery.

    I wasn't sure about this book to start with thoroughly enjoyed it the further I read through the book. Mystery, adventure and excitement are all there in abundance as Khat and the others begin to unravel the mystery of the 3 relics everyone is looking for. Well worth reading and enjoying this mystery in a very different world compared to ours.

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  • A wonderfully complex tale!

    This is my first Martha Wells novel and certainly won't be my last. An exciting and intriguing story, with many layers and multi faceted characters weaving an amazing tapestry of a story. Martha depicts the city of Charisat in a way that brings it entirely to life. If you enjoy wide reaching and fast paced adventure this is the book for you. Highly recommended!

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  • Her 2nd Novel – Really Good

    Apparently, Martha Wells' 1995 novel "City of Bones" is just her second novel published. It's not all the way up at "Murderbot" levels, and it's very different in feel, but it's still very good. She's got an interesting world, mostly well-done characters, good pacing and a good story. In fact, my only complaints are minor and are of the type where a few details get a bit sloppy near the end. Specifically: - At one point, a character is being taken away to be executed. The person ordering the execution could very well be operating under false assumptions. The character hurls out an insult instead of something to explain what's really happening. - The above referenced execution is death by drowning. This is a desert world, so that seems a bit odd. Plus, they stage these things for an audience and throw the prisoner into a waist-deep, round pool and send a guard in to physically do the deed. Yet, in this case, no audience is present. Why they wouldn't just tie his hands, put a rock around his neck and toss him in, I don't know. - The beings responsible for the near destruction of the planet way back in time seem to be associated with cold. Yet, they somehow managed to dry up almost all the planet's water and cause vast lava flows. Why they would want to do that (or how), I don't know. - The supposed "good" guys are doing a really stupid thing and should know better. - A supposedly insane person never shows any signs of insanity. He actually seem to be the most sane person around. - The personal vendetta that the protagonist works on throughout the book just seems to fizzle away without any kind of tie-up. And that's it. All minor stuff with no real bearing on the story. So, I'm happy to rate the book at a Very Good 4 stars out of 5.

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