15985344Okay, not as good as I was expecting it.  But I made it through the damned thing without killing anyone so that’s a plus.

I had such high hopes for this book, because I loved the Troy trilogy that Stella Gemmell wrote with David Gemmell, and I figured that The City might not be as good as Troy, but would still be enjoyable.

But I was wrong on even that.  The City, while well written, had a fractured and distended storyline which makes it incredibly confusing to follow along with the sequence of events.  I mean, she talks about how one character reacts to another character death when that other character isn’t even dead yet!  So here you are, reading about this one character, and when it switches to the other viewpoint all of a sudden the character you just left is supposedly dead, but you go back to them anyway!

Did that make any sense at all?  Yeah.  Thought not.

The other thing is that you have no idea what’s going on.  You know that there is a group of people trying to kill the emperor of this mysterious city, but you don’t know why.  There are numerous references to the emperor being some other type of creature and it is explained eventually that he comes from an incredibly superior, long lived race, but you still don’t know exactly what he is, who he is, what he is capable of, why he has done what he has to warrant this rebellion, etc etc.  So many questions, two few answers.

And there is this random romance that just crops up from nowhere, and the two get together without any chemistry or history, at least that I can see.

Oddly enough, it is well written to the point where once you get past a certain point you are actually eager to read more, if only to see what happens to the characters you’ve been following for so long.

Confusing, disjointed, yet oddly compelling past a certain point.  Not one I would want to read again, or recommend to anyone else unfortunately.

Looking forward to something that has piqued my interest for a while now.  Elantris by Brandon Sanderson is next one my docket and it looks like it will be a good one.

68427Elantris was the capital of Arelon: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities for the benefit of all. Yet each of these demigods was once an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians became wizened, leper-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling.

Arelon’s new capital, Kae, crouches in the shadow of Elantris. Princess Sarene of Teod arrives for a marriage of state with Crown Prince Raoden, hoping — based on their correspondence — to also find love. She finds instead that Raoden has died and she is considered his widow. Both Teod and Arelon are under threat as the last remaining holdouts against the imperial ambitions of the ruthless religious fanatics of Fjordell. So Sarene decides to use her new status to counter the machinations of Hrathen, a Fjordell high priest who has come to Kae to convert Arelon and claim it for his emperor and his god.

But neither Sarene nor Hrathen suspect the truth about Prince Raoden. Stricken by the same curse that ruined Elantris, Raoden was secretly exiled by his father to the dark city. His struggle to help the wretches trapped there begins a series of events that will bring hope to Arelon, and perhaps reveal the secret of Elantris itself.