This post will include my review of the book The City by Stella Gemmell. A stand alone book, published in April 2013.
The text below is taken from the blurb on the back of the book.
There was something about this book that kept me from loving it.
The premise was interesting, the world had me wanting to know more, the characters were realistic, and the setting was well thought out, but I just couldn’t get excited about any of it.
The first hundred pages or so had me hooked, but by the end I wasn’t really clear on what actually happened. Did the heroes win? Did the bad guys win? Did anybody win? The finish is still a bit of a mystery to me. Also, there was aspects to the way the story was told that I found annoying – there were times when things that were about to happen were revealed, mini spoilers if you like, that detracted from my sense of surprise when what I already knew was going to happen finally happened.
To give an example of this, one character was annoyed by another character, and as the scene closed was a line similar to “he didn’t know how much her death would hurt him.” So now it wasn’t a case of if that other character would die but when, and that really did take some of the suspense away.
On the plus side, I am very happy to see the name Gemmell on the cover of a new fantasy book, so my dissatisfaction with this story hasn’t (yet) deterred me from giving Stella another chance to make me a loyal fan – as I was of her husband.
When it comes down to it, I liked The City, it was okay.