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    Wonderful fantasy!

    This was one impressive read! I read the first book in this series, City of Stairs, a few months ago and really enjoyed it so I was really excited to finally get around to reading the second book in the series, City of Blades. A lot of times the second book in a series doesn't quite live up to the first so I was a bit worried going into the book. There was no need for any worry because as good as the first book was, this one was even better. I had such a hard time putting this book down and when I was away from it, I couldn't get it out of my mind. I had really expected this book to focus on the same group of characters and I was somewhat wrong. The main character in this book is Mulaghesh who did play an important role in the first book but was not the lead character. I liked Mulaghesh in the first book but I absolutely loved her in this installment. Getting to learn some of her back story really opened up her character. She is tough, smart, and somewhat haunted by her past. I love the an older woman who has seen and done a lot of things is the person at the center of this story. This book takes place in Voortyashtan which was very different than the setting of the first book. This meant that while some of the world building did build on the what was established in the previous book, a lot of this world was entirely new. The City of Blades ended up being something I would have never imagined but as it was described it I almost felt as if I were there. I really feel like there is almost no boundaries with what this series can explore. The story in this book was very exciting. I did think that some of the earlier parts of the book were a bit tedious as I tried to figure out what was really going on. When the story took off, it really didn't let up. There are so many different things to solve that are all interconnected. The story took quite a few twists that I didn't see coming. I was a bit nervous as I read because I had no idea how things would work out for Mulaghesh and everyone. I would highly recommend this book to others. This is the second book in the series and I do think that this series really needs to be read in order. The stories are not a continuation but the events of the first book really impacted the characters and the world they live in. I can't wait to see what is going to happen in City of Miracles! I received a review copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Broadway Books via Blogging for Books and NetGalley.
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    Dramatic, Suspenseful, and Unique

    Diving back into this epic, unique world where the old gods may not be so dead as many believe, and conspiracies are primed to explode. This time the story follows impressively feisty General Mulaghesh and takes us to a new, unique setting in this one of a kind world. The story is compelling and interesting, filled with mythology, past trauma, and memorable characters that are introduced and return. The visuals are wonderfully described which made for some terrifying moments in the story. I really loved the different aspects of the mystery and how the conspiracy unfolded. I absolutely loved the mythological aspect of the story, which made for some fantastic twists and a very intense ending. Mulaghesh was a great character to follow, since she took nothing from no one. I loved the flashbacks we were given in terms of her history, which was tragic and made her a rich, layered, and sympathetic character. These books are wonderfully written and definitely one of a kind, and you don't want to miss out on them!
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