The City by Stella Gemmell

| July 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

The City by Stella Gemmell


The City by Stella Gemmell is one of the best fantasy novels I have read in a long while.  This is Stella Gemmell’s first novel, and it’s cleverly written, with amazing plot twists throughout.  ‘The City’ contains intricate plot lines that interweave beautifully in this epic story of war, loyalty, sadness, honour, bravery, love, betrayal and heroism – it really does have it all.  What I love is that until the very last pages you are never quite sure who is hero, who is villain, or a who is a bit of both.  Highly recommended to any lovers of the fantasy genre, and there is definitely room for a sequel, or series to follow.


Built up over the millennia, layer upon layer, the City is ancient and vast. Over the centuries, it has sprawled beyond its walls, the cause of constant war with neighbouring peoples and kingdoms, laying waste to what was once green and fertile. And at the heart of the City resides the emperor. Few have ever seen him. Those who have remember a man in his prime and yet he should be very old. Some speculate that he is no longer human, others wonder if indeed he ever truly was. And a small number have come to a desperate conclusion: that the only way to stop the ceaseless slaughter is to end the emperor’s unnaturally long life. From the rotting, flood-ruined catacombs beneath the City where the poor struggle to stay alive to the blood-soaked fields of battle where so few heroes survive, these rebels pin their hopes on one man. A man who was once the emperor’s foremost general. A man, a revered soldier, who could lead an uprising and unite the City. But a man who was betrayed, imprisoned, tortured and is now believed to be dead…

Author Bio

Stella Gemmell has a degree in politics and is a journalist. She was married to the internationally acclaimed and bestselling fantasy novelist David Gemmell and worked with him on his three ‘Troy’ novels, concluding the final book, Troy: Fall of Kings, following his death in 2006. Stella lives in East Sussex and writes in what was once the dairy of 15th-century farmhouse. The City is her first solo novel.

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