The city of Voortyashtan was once ruled by the goddess of death, war, and destruction. Now the city is in ruins, and the goddess is nowhere to be found. General Turyin Mulaghesh has been reactivated. Forced out of retirement to find a secret agent who is missing. The city of war is not an easy place to be. It is full of dangers to everyone. Mulaghesh must fight her own ghosts and the dangers of the city while looking for the missing agent. During her search, she begins to wonder what happened to all the souls trapped in the afterlife when the divinities vanished. Have they disappeared? Or are they making their own plans?
This is the second book in The Divine Cities series. I admit when I read City Of Stairs, I thought it was a stand alone book. I was intrigued that there was a sequel. I was eager to read more from this author. I enjoyed the epic battles with the gods in the first book and looked for more of that in this book. I do not think the sequel matched up to the first book. The first book was very original. I felt in some ways this was too similar to the first book only at a slower pace.
I do like the world that Bennett made. It is fascinating. There are many complex elements, so I was happy to return to it. I wish that he did not try to follow the first book so closely. I would have liked to see more of the world, which we did, but I wanted it to feel new and exciting as the first book did. I think a different angle could have been taken in the world with the characters so it did not seem like a repeat.
I did like that we were given good characters with some depth, and we did get to know some characters from the previous book better, which was a plus. The mystery was intriguing when the story focused on it. I sometimes felt the book got a little bogged down in the different threads. But if you push through those parts you get some really good parts.
If you liked reading City of Stairs, then I would recommend giving this book a try.
**I received a free copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.**
*Receiving a free copy does not change my review. It simply provides me with a copy of a book sooner than I would have otherwise gotten to it, or provides me with a book I might not have heard about otherwise.