The City #1
On Sale: June 4, 2013
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In her debut solo novel, Stella Gemmell, coauthor of the
â€śpowerfulâ€ť (Booklist) conclusion to David Gemmellâ€™s Troy
series, weaves a dark epic fantasy about a war-torn
civilization and the immortal emperor who has it clutched in
his evil grasp.
The City is ancient, layers upon layers. Once a thriving
metropolis, it has sprawled beyond its bounds, inciting
endless wars with neighboring tribes and creating a barren
wasteland of what was once green and productive.
In the center of the City lives the emperor. Few have ever
seen him, but those who have recall a man in his prime,
though he should be very old. Some grimly speculate that he
is no longer human, if he ever was. A small number have come
to the desperate conclusion that the only way to stop the
war is to end the emperorâ€™s unnaturally long life.
From the mazelike sewers below the City, where the poor
struggle to stay alive in the dark, to the blood-soaked
fields of battle, where few heroes manage to endure the
never-ending siege, the rebels pin their hopes on one manâ€”
Shuskara. The emperorâ€™s former general, he was betrayed long
ago and is believed to be dead. But, under different
aliases, he has survived, forsaking his City and hiding from
his immortal foe. Now the time has come for him to engage in
one final battle to free the City from the creature who
dwells at its heart, pulling the strings that keep the land
drenched in gore.
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