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For more than sixteen hundred years, Nick Medea has followed and guarded the Gate that keeps the mortal realm and that of Feirie separate, seeking in vain absolution for the fatal errors he made when he slew the dragon. All that while, he has tried and failed to keep the woman he loves from dying over and over.
Yet in the fifty years since the Night the Dragon Breathed over the city of Chicago, the Gate has not only remained fixed, but open to the trespasses of the Wyld, the darkest of the Feiriefolk. Not only does that mean an evil resurrected from Nick’s own past, but the reincarnation of his lost Cleolinda, a reincarnation destined once more to die.
Nick must turn inward to that which he distrusts the most: the Dragon, the beast he slew when he was still only Saint George. He must turn to the monster residing in him, now a part of him...but ever seeking escape.
The gang war brewing between Prohibition bootleggers may be the least of his concerns. If Nick cannot prevent an old evil from opening the way between realms...then not only might Chicago face a fate worse than the Great Fire, but so will the rest of the mortal realm.
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Richard A. Knaak is the New York Times- and USA Today-bestselling author of The Legend of Huma, WoW: Wolfheart, and nearly fifty other novels and numerous short stories, including works in such series as Warcraft, Diablo, Dragonlance, Age of Conan, and his own Dragonrealm. He has scripted a number of Warcraft manga with Tokyopop, such as the top-selling Sunwell trilogy, and has also written background material for games. His works have been published worldwide in many languages. His most recent releases include Shade - a brand-new Dragonrealm novel featuring the tragic sorcerer - Dawn of the Aspects - the latest in the bestselling World of Warcraft series, and the fourth collection in his Legends of the Dragonrealm series. He is presently at work on several other projects.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have been reading Richard Knaak books for years. This tale was refreshingly different and really caught my heart immediately. By using the City of Chicago in the 1920's, I witnessed the accurate history of the area I grew up in, almost 50 years before I was born. I enjoyed the intricate details of the Feirie world and the world of the roaring 20's mobster scene and the internal struggles of the dragon in Nick Medea's head. As soon as I finished this one I dove into the next book in the series Black City Dragon, I can't wait for the final book to be released! I highly recommend reading this especially if you are a fan of historical Fiction and Fantasy.
I purchased Black City Saint when it first came out because urban fantasy in 1920's Chicago—oh, yeah! Plus the lovely art-deco cover. As happens with many books, however, I didn't get to it right away. But the next book, Black City Demon comes out in March and I wanted to be ready. I'm glad I did; Black City Saint is a great read. Mix a little bit of Christian mythology and Roman history with a little bit of Faerie and Prohibition-era Chicago, and you have an idea of what Black City Saint feels like. Richard A. Knaak, whose name may be recognized by table-top and computer gamers alike, has created a new world just for readers that is gritty, magical, and full of the romance and intrigue of the Roaring '20s. Nick Medea guards the gates between our world and Feirie. His job is to keep the two worlds separate and eliminate those things that slip through. Masquerading as a ghost breaker, he hunts down creatures who have slipped through the gate, keeping the humans on our side safe. However, Nick has a lot of challenges. First, there is a dragon residing in his head, one whose agenda is often at odds with Nick's duty. Second, he's haunted by the ghost of his murderer who needs his forgiveness to pass on to Heaven. Third, the few "reformed" creatures from Feirie he has allowed to live in our world see him as some sort of savior and lord, which sounds nice, but often makes him feel guilty. And finally, the love of his life keeps reincarnating, only to die over and over and over, and Nick can't seem to stop it. On top of all that, someone is trying to open the Way between our world and Feirie, to meld the two worlds together, subjugate humans, and claim both worlds as his own; and Her Majesty, Queen of Feirie, is royally pissed. Poor Nick has his hands full! Black City Saint is a great introduction to a new UF series. I had a ton of fun reading it, and can't wait to see what challenges Nick has to face in Black City Demon.
Intriguing series set in Roaring 20s Chicago. Good mix of mobsters and magic. Nick Medea is actually St. George, who must guard the gate between our world and Feirie after slaying the dragon, the original guardian. Of course, the spirit of the dragon now resides in him. He also has to worry about keeping the latest incarnation of the woman he loved from being murdered again. Oh, and then there's Fetch. A favorite character of mine now.
The legend of Saint George and the dragon is true. Nick Medea is living proof. Over 1,600 years ago, devout Nick, then known as Georgius, slew the dragon but with disastrous results. Unbeknownst to Nick, the dragon had been charged with a solemn duty; to guard the Gate to the realm of Feirie and keep a balance between the two worlds. Through a twist of fate, Nick also died, but rose from the dead an altered man. In fact, Nick and the dragon's aura merged, forging an uneasy alliance, with the mind of the dragon continuously struggling for control while providing Nick with its powers. The ever shifting Gate has settled in prohibition-era Chicago, some fifty years after the Great Fire, amidst the backdrop of rival gangs and corrupt police. Together Nick and the dragon, continue to guard the Gate by tracking down and destroying any unwanted intruders from among the dangerous denizens of Feirie. Although he keeps a vigilant watch, shadow folk have begun to creep back into the human realm. Nick, with the help of shadow-piercing dragon sight and a magical sword given to him by the Lady of Feirie, rids homeowners of their lethal houseguests. Nick, in his role of paranormal detective, receives a call for his special brand of assistance from executive Claryce Simone. He is devastated to learn that Claryce is the reincarnation of the woman he has loved over and over again through the centuries, but has never been able to save. Through his interactions with Claryce, Nick realizes that he is facing an extremely powerful foe and he, along with his supernatural companions, must prevent a diabolical creature of Feirie from opening the Gate once and for all. Richard A Knaak's urban fantasy has a gritty, noir feel that sets a great tone for his story. His use of the many colloquialisms of the era, such as duck soup, copacetic, and the cat's meow, gives the setting an authentic feel. Also inspiring is the pairing of Nick and the dragon. I love that Nick happens to be Saint George and that he and the dragon he slew must somehow coexist in Nick's body. The story is told from Nick's POV with some interesting jumps when the dragon takes control. There are some instances that really shine as the two struggle with the circumstances of their past and their very real trust issues. Problematic is the fact that the story is told from Nick's POV, but I didn't feel there was any real character development. Although Nick is interesting, I found him to be neither likable or relatable; the fact that he was still holding a grudge about a betrayal that took place 1,600 years previously seemed excessive. Most of the other characters in the story were one dimensional, especially Claryce, the strong-willed damsel in distress. The monotony of her inevitable refusal to listen to Nick's warnings and his constant struggle to keep her safe annoyed me. More exasperating was that her behavior seemed only to endear her to Nick, making him believe she was somehow superior to her predecessors. I felt her only raison d'être was to keep the action rolling at a steady pace and to provide Nick with a level of danger that wouldn't have occurred if she wasn't along for the ride. Check out the review in it's entirety as posted at The Qwillery blog: http://qwillery.blogspot.com/2016/03/review-black-city-saint-by-richard-knaak.html