Procession of the Dead (The City Trilogy Series #1)

Procession of the Dead (The City Trilogy Series #1)

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by Darren Shan
     
 

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Darren Shan, New York Times bestselling author of the Cirque du Freak and Demonata series, makes his adult fiction debut with this first book in a dark and twisted new series, The City.

PROCESSION OF THE DEAD

What had I done before coming to the City? I couldn't remember. It sounded crazy but my past was a blank. I could recallSee more details below

Overview

Darren Shan, New York Times bestselling author of the Cirque du Freak and Demonata series, makes his adult fiction debut with this first book in a dark and twisted new series, The City.

PROCESSION OF THE DEAD

What had I done before coming to the City? I couldn't remember. It sounded crazy but my past was a blank. I could recall every step since alighting from the train, but not a single one before.



Young, quick-witted, and cocksure, Capac Raimi arrives in the City determined to make his mark in a world of sweet, sinister sin. He finds the City is a place of exotic dangers: a legendary assassin with snakes tattooed on his face who moves like smoke, blind Incan priests whom no one seems to see, a kingpin who plays with puppets, and friends who mysteriously disappear as though they never existed. Then Capac crosses paths with The Cardinal, and his life changes forever.

The Cardinal is the City, and the City is The Cardinal. They are joined at the soul. Nothing moves on the streets, or below them, without The Cardinal's knowledge. His rule is absolute.

When Capac discovers how deeply The Cardinal has influenced his life, he is faced with hard choices that conflict with his soaring ambition. To find his way, Capac must know himself and what he is capable of. But how can you trust yourself when you can't remember your past?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Shan's dystopic thriller, the first in a trilogy already published in the U.K., is an excellent, twisting foray into a world of deceit, murder, and mystery. Capac Raimi arrives in an unnamed city, a place ruled by a man known as the Cardinal, and quickly realizes that he has no memory of his life elsewhere. When the Cardinal kills Capac's uncle and offers Capac a job based on a dream and Capac's Incan name, the young man's life takes a turn for the fantastical. While training to serve the Cardinal, Capac embarks on a strange, gripping search for clues to both the disappearances of his friends and his own past. The dialogue is realistic, the characters and settings are vivid, and the plotting is tight, complemented perfectly by a bleak, desolate tone. Any fan of postapocalyptic fiction will find it absolutely riveting. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
Gangster fantasy-call it thugpunk-with a curious history: The book, a revised version of Ayuamarca: Procession of the Dead (1999), resurfaced in the U.K. in 2008 as the first of a trilogy; Shan himself is better known as the popular author of gruesome YA fantasies (Dark Calling, 2009, etc.). Young, ambitious Capac Raimi travels to the city in order to find his small-time gangster uncle Theo and learn the trade as Theo's heir. But just as Theo seems on the verge of breaking into the big time, he and his gang are gunned down by The Cardinal, the strange, ruthless, psychic criminal overlord who really runs the city. Instead of killing Capac, however, The Cardinal recruits him and puts him to work selling insurance. All well and good, Capac thinks, given his megalomaniacal aspirations. But soon he discovers he can't remember his past. Acquaintances vanish without a trace to become unpersons-they never existed. What of the city's furtive blind wizards and their enigmatic green fog? What does The Cardinal's unsettling collection of black-clad puppets signify? Why are so many of The Cardinal's key people, including Capac himself, different? Puzzles and action galore, with post-adolescent yet never quite adult characters, and a plot that's all surface dazzle, culminating in the last few pages with a desperate torrent of explication. Graphic, inventive, yet heartless in every sense; presumably, however, fans who grew up with Shan will stick around for the upcoming installments.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446569002
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
06/04/2010
Series:
City Trilogy Series , #1
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
330,314
File size:
1 MB

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