Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"City of Stairs" by Robert Jackson Bennett

Robert Jackson Bennett is a master builder of stories that appeal to all ages. In this new book, he takes the time to develop his characters and setting to not only draw his readers into the story, but to also create characters to follow and watch. Open "City of Stairs," and enter a different world.

The city of Bulikov was once a powerful, breathing city that was filled with wonders and powers of the gods who protected it. But, something awful happened, killing the gods, and changin Bulikov into a city that is run-down, hopeless. Interestingly, because of the destruction, there are roads and staircases that lead absolutely nowhere! Through the story, readers follow Shara (sent to investigate a murder) and Sigrud (Shara's assistant) and their interactions with others. What happened to the gods? What happened to the will and hope of the people? Why is death the punishment for anyone who studies the work of the gods? Is there any hope? Come, step into this wonderfull written, complex novel and find the answers to your quesions.

What a well written book! I truly enjoyed the complex style Mr. Bennett used because he not only got my interest, but pulled me into the story. I was invested in the reading. The characters are very well constructed, ultimately feeling like people we could know in real life. The city comes alive through the story telling. Written for the YA audience, adults will enjoy this book as well. If you enjoy stepping into a story that is complex, well written, and very interesting, this book is for you! I received my review copy from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.

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