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The City by Stella Gemmell
  

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An epic tale of Sword and Sorcery spanning about 25 years in what will become a magnificent series. The author is David Gemmell’s wife. She completed one of his novels upon his unexpected death and now takes up his mantle. This is Game of Thrones territory with the Emperor of the eponymous city and his family breeding with the locals and therefore creating complex bloodlines and consequently lots of power struggles. I think you will probably need to have read this to continue the series, it is quite complicated.

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The City by Stella Gemmell

The City is ancient and vast and has been waging almost constant war for centuries. At its heart resides the emperor. Few have ever seen him. Those who have remember a man in his prime - and yet he should be very old. Some speculate that he is no longer human, others wonder if indeed he ever truly was. And a few have come to a desperate conclusion: that the only way to halt the emperor's unslakebale thirst for war is to end his unnaturally long life. From the crumbling catacombs beneath the City where the poor struggle to stay alive to the blood-soaked fields of battle where so few heroes survive, these rebels emerge. Their hopes rest on one man. A man who was once the emperor's foremost general - a revered soldier who could lead an uprising and iliberate a city, a man who was betrayed, imprisoned, tortured and is now believed to be dead...


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The most satisfying, intelligent and enthralling epic fantasy I've read in many a year -- JULIET McKENNA

An astonishing book ... combines extraordinary scope with first class characterization, devastating and visceral battles, a multi-layered plot and a tightly-focused narrative ... The City is easily the best fantasy novel I've read in the last decade -- JAMES BARCLAY

One of the best fantasy novels I've read in a long time ... utterly compelling fiction, an awesome example of the genre ... brilliant - SF BOOK REVIEWS

About the Author

Stella Gemmell was married to the internationally acclaimed and bestselling fantasy novelist David Gemmell. She worked with him on his three Troy novels, completing the final book, Troy: Fall of Kings, following his death in 2006. She lives and writes in East Sussex. The City is her first solo novel.

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Publication date

24th April 2014

Author

Stella Gemmell

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Publisher

Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
704 pages

Categories

Horror - Fantasy - SF
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ISBN

9780552168953

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