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    Description

    Five New Yorkers must band together to defend their city in the first book of a stunning new series by Hugo award-winning and New York Times best-selling author N. K. Jemisin.

    Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She's got five. 

    But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.

    ©2020 N. K. Jemisin (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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    "A glorious fantasy, set in that most imaginary of cities, New York." (Neil Gaiman on The City We Became)

    "The most celebrated science fiction and fantasy writer of her generation...Jemisin seems able to do just about everything." (New York Times)

    "Jemisin is now a pillar of speculative fiction, breathtakingly imaginative and narratively bold." (Entertainment Weekly)

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    State of the art, in writing and narration

    This is the way horror/fantasy should be written: well developped, deep characters, REAL people that the book takes time to get us acquainted with. And, on the opposite end of the spectrum, stunning visual descriptions and unbridled imagination on par with Lovecraft.
    Don't expect a fast "actioner". This books takes its time, as it should.
    It is also pleasantly refreshing to read a book not written from the "white male" point of view. The social commentary that it entails is a much needed eye opener.
    The narrator, Robin Miles, is simply in a league of her own. She is everything you dream of in a narrator. Her mastery of voices, accents, pure narration, inflection, even coughing and laughing, is unmatched.

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    • Michael Flattery
    • 10/06/2021

    Brilliant, engaging and fun!

    Eldritch horrors, interdimensional rap battles and a serious examination of manifestations of systemic opression both personal and abstract? What's not to love!

    This book might seem terrifyingly prescient but it really is just a sign of how skilled Jemisin is at bringing worlds to life. This New York felt almost too real despite the surrealism and abstraction that overlays everything. Not a sappy love letter but something raw, honest and true from someone who nevertheless clearly loves the city a great deal.

    The story fairly clips along. Despite having so much ground to cover it never feels like it's dragging. If anything it feels like it can be a little abrupt and could have used a little bit more room to breathe - particularly with one character (P.P.) - but as the first in the series it's not something that bothered me at all. There was maybe a little bit too much exposition but to paraphrase from the book "there's a lot of weird ****" and a sizable cast of POV characters with different perspectives, so it didn't grate.

    Speaking of, the characters are great. For manifestations of archetypes they are very human with hopes and flaws and their own peculiarities. Some of the most fun superheroes I've ever had the pleasure to spend time with. Even when you want to give them a stern talking to. The prevalence of queer characters without their queerness being ancillary or all-consuming is wonderful to see as always.

    And the performance by Robin Miles was amazing - as per usual. Though this audiobook does have some production elements (music, sound effects, voice manipulation) that are used sparingly but prominently. To me, it felt a little like listening to a really good one-woman radio play, but if that's not your jam then here's your warning. Should still read the book though, it's amazing.

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    • 04/05/2021

    AMAZING

    The narration, the writing, the characters the plot everything came to life (ha see what I did there?) I loved it.

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    10 out of 5 stars

    Favourite read of 2020 by far! Dynamic and interesting and wonderfully performed! Highly recommend reading!

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    • Jorgo Kapow
    • 16/06/2020

    Intertextual extravaganza

    This is one book out a small handful of others, that made me laugh out in sheer joy more than once. Highly highly recommended.

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    • asena german
    • 22/08/2020

    Fantastic

    The struggle against gentrification and racism epitomized in a NYC-superhero story. A fantastic book! The narrator did an incredibly great job too.

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