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The City Stained Red [NOOK Book]


After years in the wilds, Lenk and his companions have come to the city that serves as the world's beating heart.
The great charnel house where men die surer than any wilderness. They've come to claim payment for creatures slain, blood spilled at the behest of a powerful holy man.
And Lenk has come to lay down his ...
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The City Stained Red

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After years in the wilds, Lenk and his companions have come to the city that serves as the world's beating heart.
The great charnel house where men die surer than any wilderness. They've come to claim payment for creatures slain, blood spilled at the behest of a powerful holy man.
And Lenk has come to lay down his sword for good. But this is no place to escape demons.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This dense, overwritten fantasy novel reunites the ragtag crew of adventurers from Sykes’s Aeons’ Gate series (Tome of the Undergates, etc.). Done with adventuring and the requisite tally of murders, Lenk—a hardcore killer with an incongruously sweet face—wants out, and he needs his team to help him collect his final payday. Unfortunately, things do not exactly go to plan, and it’s up to this comically inappropriate group to save the day as their city descends into chaos and ruin. The fantastical, dangerous world and the creatures that populate it are packed with potential, different enough from standard fantasy fare to be exciting. The delivery is less appealing; Sykes struggles to get a handle on non-human perspectives and the mindset of people who kill for money, and characterization is inconsistent. Meanwhile, the potential for a rousing and gritty adventure is disappointingly smothered by pages of repetitive and meandering narrative. (Feb.)
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"Action fantasy with soul-albeit a small, dirty, funny soul."—Brent Weeks

"Insouciant, unrepentant and irrepressible adventurers in a powder keg of a city. And that's just how the story begins."—Robin Hobb

"Sykes has put the fun back in fantasy with fantastical creatures and a lovable crew of malcontents. The City Stained Red is like David Eddings meets Conan the Barbarian."—Brian McClellan, author of Promise of Blood

"Sam Sykes continues to reinvent the fantasy adventuring party in a vibrant world of rude magic and good intentions gone bad. Bold and exuberant, never cynical, Sykes fights the good fight on behalf of rich fantasy that nonetheless refuses to apologize for being kick-ass fun."—Scott Lynch on The City Stained Red

"Playful language, distinctly drawn characters, and a cavalcade of action."—SF Signal

"An entertaining blend of classic adventure and inventive inspiration."—Juliet E. McKenna, author of The Thief's Gamble

Library Journal
A small group of adventurers is heading for the city of Cier'Djaal to collect on a debt, but they could not have chosen a more dangerous time. The city is about to erupt in violence, as the local criminal gangs are taking to the streets, the nonhuman residents are restless, and the forces from two foreign powers are squaring up for a battle right in the middle of town. Lenk and his companions get in trouble together and separately as they sort through who is stirring Cier'Djaal to violence, and to what end. VERDICT A dark fantasy with humor and lots of action, this should appeal to fans of Scott Lynch or Joe Abercrombie. Bringing back characters from his earlier "Aeon's Gate" series (Tome of the Undergates), Sykes deftly introduces his world to first-time readers and is setting up the rest of what is sure to be an exciting new series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316374866
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 10/28/2014
  • Series: Bring Down Heaven
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 27,211
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Sam Sykes is the author of the acclaimed Aeon's Gate trilogy, a vast and sprawling story of adventure, demons, madness and carnage. He lives in Arizona.
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