Synopsis: “Years ago, the city of Bulikov wielded the powers of the Gods to conquer the world. But after its divine protectors were mysteriously killed, the conqueror has become the conquered; the city’s proud history has been erased and censored, progress has left it behind, and it is just another colonial outpost of the world’s new geopolitical power. Into this musty, backward city steps Shara Divani. Officially, the quiet mousy woman is just another lowly diplomat sent by Bulikov’s oppressors. Unofficially, Shara is one of her country’s most accomplished spymasters-dispatched to investigate the brutal murder of a seemingly harmless historian. As Shara pursues the mystery through the ever-shifting physical and political geography of the city, she begins to suspect that the beings who once protected Bulikov may not be as dead as they seem-and that her own abilities might be touched by the divine as well.”
This book started off kind of slow, but soon after it began to pick up and became really interesting. I didn’t know what to expect from City of Stairs as I read through pretty much the entire thing. Nothing was predictable, absolutely nothing. There were times, although, where I was confused about the setting and whatnot.
I liked the story and I was surprised because at first I was believing I wasn’t going to, due to the slowness of the book in the beginning. I liked how almost all the characters were portrayed. My favorite character was not the main character at all (hardly ever is). I felt indifferent about Shara to be honest. It was Sigrud. He was a total badass. Absolutely loved him. Sigh. As for the ending, I’m wondering, is there going to be a sequel? Because I hate when books just end without fixing all the problems presented in the story.
All in all, I think City of Stairs is interestingly written and original. I would rate it about four out of five stars.
Should you read it?
Yes, if for nothing else. Read it for Sigrud.
~I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.