The Monstrous Citadel is the sequel to Mirah Bolender's City of Broken Magica fast-paced, adventure fantasy where a bomb squad defuses the magic weapons of a long forgotten war.
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Amicae, City of Sweepers, survived the Falling Infestation which nearly destroyed it thanks to the efforts of Laura and Okane. While the ancient monsters have been beaten back for the moment, new and more monstrous dangers face them in the form of belligerent bureaucracy, dangerous gangs, grasping Sweepers bent on personal glory . . .
And Rex, the City of Kings, who breed their own kind of monstrosity.
Laura and Okane must go to Rex to reclaim the secret weaponry that keeps Amicae safe and come face to face with a horrifying truth about the Rex and their designs on all of Orien's cities.
Chronicles of Amicae
City of Broken Magic
The Monstrous Citadel
About the Author
MIRAH BOLENDER graduated with majors in creative writing and art in May 2014. A lifelong traveler, she has traveled and studied overseas, most notably in Japan, and these experiences leak into her work. Her debut novel, and first in her Amicae Chronicles, is City of Broken Magic. She currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Monstrous Citadel is the second novel in the Chronicles of Amicae series by Mirah Bolender. And I honestly can’t think of a series that has captivated me more through its fascinating world and set of characters. Amicae is a city full of hubris, and it was nearly their downfall. In a world where infestations are commonplace, they believed themselves to be above it all. Until they were proven just how painfully wrong they were. That was months ago. Now Laura and Okane are left to pick up the pieces and clean up the city. Following the events o the major disaster, you’d think that it would be easier to get aid from the city. But when it comes to politics, nothing is ever as easy as it seems. Worse, there’s more than one city on the move with their political scheme. And while our beloved Sweepers are down a member, it seems like there are more players on the field than ever before. “The friendly city of Amicae descended into chaos following a massive infestation. Amicae has long believed that infestations cannot penetrate their city walls, but these delusions were rudely swept away on November 5th by a damaged Put and ensuing swarm.” I’ve been looking forward to The Monstrous Citadel from the moment I read the last page of City of Broken Magic. This was a series that got into my brain and wouldn’t let go. So, naturally, my expectations for this novel were quite high. How did it fair, in comparison? It blew my expectations out of the water. The Monstrous Citadel is a whirlwind of a read – it’s fast-paced and full of surprising turns and twists. Mirah Bolender added a whole bunch of new elements to her second novel in the series, and it further enhanced the world I’ve come to love reading about. Adding a few more layers of politics was a brilliant call. Suddenly we’re seeing more of the other cities and their desires, plus the people they tend to create. And let’s not forget about the mobsters. Because for a moment there, I nearly did. I shouldn’t have been surprised by their activities, given their large presence in the end of City of Broken Magic. I’m glad that Bolender didn’t let that subplot drop. That she is, in fact, building it up even further. As for the main characters in this novel? I’ve always adored Laura. She’s passionate and confident in ways that she won’t ever give herself credit for. And it’s been a blast reading about her escapades. While I am still mourning what happened to Clae, I found myself falling in love with Okane in this book. Before he was an interesting side character. But over the course of this novel he became something more, and I’m actively looking forward to seeing more of his story. So, once again I’m finding myself in a particular situation. I loved The Monstrous Citadel, and want nothing more but to continue reading. But the book is over. So now I have to wait for news on the next novel in the series – and I’ll take any little scrap at this point!
Great characters and world