City of Lies


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4 stars (1 review)

I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me...

Outwardly, Jovan is the lifelong friend of the Chancellor’s charming, irresponsible Heir. Quiet. Forgettable. In secret, he's a master of poisons and chemicals, trained to protect the Chancellor’s family from treachery. When the Chancellor succumbs to an unknown poison and an army lays siege to the city, Jovan and his sister Kalina must protect the Heir and save their city-state.

But treachery lurks in every corner, and the ancient spirits of the land are rising...and angry.

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City of Lies

4 stars

A great fantasy novel revolving around a civil war in a small country, but focusing mainly on the experiences and interactions of the two main characters. I enjoyed the nuance around the different factions' and characters' motivations, as well as the fact that the protagonists were regular people in particular situations and not Chosen Ones. Apart from being in a different world, the fantasy treatment is very subtle and well-judged. I'm looking forward to finding out what the sequel has in store!