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Best Fantasy Book for January 2016

Any book written cleverly enough to capture my interest and make me laugh aloud on the first page is sure to be a winner, and this one keeps getting better and better with each page!

City of Blades CoverCity of Blades

Author: Robert Jackson Bennett
Series: Divine Cities #2

City of Blades is the follow-up to Robert Jackson Bennett’s breakout fantasy work, City of Stairs (Divine Cities #1).  Blades not only captures everything we loved about City of Stairs, it also features our single favorite character as the primary protagonist: General Turyin Mulaghesh — the toughest, foul-mouthed female general of all time.

Our story picks up fives years after the events of City of Stairs, with General Mulaghesh begrudgingly called from retirement for one last mission: investigate the disappearance of a top Saypuri Intelligence Officer.  Sound simple?  Well, her mission is actually in Voortyashtan, the Divine City once protected by Voortya, the Divinity of War.  Fans of the series will immediately identify this as a terrible plan for anyone who is hoping to die from natural causes, but it sets the scene perfectly for Mulaghesh to unravel the mystery of the missing Officer as well as uncover much more of the deep and rich history of The Continent.

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From the Publisher:

A generation ago, the city of Voortyashtan was the stronghold of the god of war and death, the birthplace of fearsome supernatural sentinels who killed and subjugated millions.

Now, the city’s god is dead. The city itself lies in ruins. And to its new military occupiers, the once-powerful capital is a wasteland of sectarian violence and bloody uprisings.

So it makes perfect sense that General Turyin Mulaghesh— foul-mouthed hero of the battle of Bulikov, rumored war criminal, ally of an embattled Prime Minister—has been exiled there to count down the days until she can draw her pension and be forgotten.

At least, it makes the perfect cover story.

The truth is that the general has been pressed into service one last time, dispatched to investigate a discovery with the potential to change the world–or destroy it.

The trouble is that this old soldier isn’t sure she’s still got what it takes to be the hero.



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