Monday, February 16, 2015
Review: City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
Read from December 5th - 31st, 2014.
(Source: I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.)
I feel like I must have missed some vital part of this book. It has received so many four- and five-star ratings on Goodreads, but I spent most of my reading time debating between two and three stars. I suppose it is very true that not every one enjoys the same books.
There were times when I thoroughly enjoyed City of Stairs, and there were others when I was completely bored. There was even a brief moment when I considered stopping completely and just marking it has a did-not-finish, even though I really loathe doing that. I'm glad I stuck with it, though, as I feel it was just one rough patch in an otherwise decent novel.
While there were quite a few slow parts, the characters were well-written, and the world-building was imaginative. I wouldn't consider this an epic fantasy, however; it's more of a political thriller with a bit of fantasy mixed in.
In short, I think readers who enjoy political thrillers with a little mythology and religion added in will like City of Stairs.
Rating (out of five stars):
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