City of Lies, Sam Hawke – Book Review (ish)

Hello Humans! Today I’m writing a review that has been a long time coming. In fact, I read the book in question back in January and it’s now March – more than enough time has passed.

Will I be able to remember enough about what happens in City of Lies to talk about it in any kind of coherent fashion? Well…let’s see.

City of Lies

Goodreads Summary:

I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me…

Outwardly, Jovan is the lifelong friend of the Chancellor’s charming, irresponsible Heir. Quiet. Forgettable. In secret, he’s a master of poisons and chemicals, trained to protect the Chancellor’s family from treachery. When the Chancellor succumbs to an unknown poison and an army lays siege to the city, Jovan and his sister Kalina must protect the Heir and save their city-state.

But treachery lurks in every corner, and the ancient spirits of the land are rising…and angry.

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Yes, it’s the poisoning book I’ve been looking for! I’ve read a number of fantasy books, both adult and YA, that have a poisoner or some kind of poison-wielding assassin as the main character and I’m pretty sure this one is my favourite so far.

Maybe I just haven’t encountered them yet, but I feel like there aren’t too many books that have mysterious sieges? I’ve read a few ‘oh no the city is under attack’ stories, especially since I’ve branched into more adult fantasy – but to add in a mystery element is just superb. It combined my love of intrigue and sneaking with the bigger ‘mystery’ tropes.

I was concerned to start with, that I wouldn’t enjoy this book because I wasn’t a huge fan of Jovan as a main character, I found he had that fantasy main character problem of ‘does silly thing and then is sad when bad things happen as a result’. But thankfully Jovan is balanced by the dual POV – we also get his sister Kalina who I thought was a superb character.

I hugely enjoyed this book and I’m kicking myself for putting off writing this review for so long because I’m sure I would have had more coherent things to say, all I’ll say for now is that if you’re looking for a fantasy poisoner book then look no more – go pick up a copy of City of Lies. 

And if these three paragraphs haven’t been enough to convince you for some reason (sarcasm alert) I suggest heading on over to Justine’s Blog and reading her review which will be much better than mine ever could be!

My rating: 5/5 stars

Oh no that’s even more embarrassing that I can’t remember much about it…

I bought this book myself, all opinions are my own.

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What say you? What are some of your favourite ‘oh no the city is under attack’ books? Let me know in the comments below!


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