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The City Stained Red (Bring Down Heaven, 1) (edição 2015)

por Sam Sykes (Autor)

Séries: Bring Down Heaven (1)

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"A long-exiled living god arises. A city begins to break apart at the seams. Lenk and his battle-scarred companions have come to Cier'Djaal in search of Miron Evanhands, a wealthy priest who contracted them to eradicate demons -- and then vanished before paying for the job. But hunting Miron down might be tougher than even these weary adventurers can handle as two unstoppable religious armies move towards all-out war, tensions rise within the capital's cultural melting pot, and demons begin to pour from the shadows... And Khoth Kapira, the long-banished living god, has seen his chance to return and regain dominion over the world. Now all that prevents the city from tearing itself apart in carnage are Lenk, Kataria, a savage human-hating warrior, Denaos, a dangerous rogue, Asper, a healer priestess, Dreadaeleon, a young wizard, and Gariath, one of the last of the dragonmen"--… (mais)
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Título:The City Stained Red (Bring Down Heaven, 1)
Autores:Sam Sykes (Autor)
Informação:Orbit (2015), Edition: First Printing, 640 pages
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There's a monastery full of Lenks? Oh boy, this is gonna get nuts. ( )
  erroneous-wolf-man | Aug 24, 2019 |
I think this is probably actually a really good book. I think it probably does really well at what it's doing (that being a canny, conscious, dark-edged-comedy take on ye olde fantasy adventure crew). The characters seemed interesting, and the style was a delight. I'm just not into what it's doing right now.
  cupiscent | Aug 3, 2019 |
I do like a messed up city, you know, the kind of city where you would never want to live, heck you would not even want to visit. It makes for a good story and a good setting.

In this city things are brewing. It has grown fat on it's on people. Some are rich, some have nothing. Spiders roam everywhere because they are the source of money. There are soldiers from many places, and tensions are high. No one wants to ignite it, but everyone wants the be the ones left standing. And if that wasn't enough a "God", well demon, is trying to come back and take power. His followers are tearing things apart. Like I said, it's not the place to be right now.

This book follows the same group from an earlier trilogy. Since I ever only read book 1 from that one and that was ages ago, I can say that it works like this. Though it could always have had a bit more presentation. But it works.

The book changes between a few POVS. Lenk, our hero, ok I am kidding, he is not a hero. He is a killer. Kataria who comes from a race who hunts humans for fun. Oh I liked her, she struggles with her place in the world in this book. Denaos who has been to the before (now that would be quite the book), Asper a healer who is the sane and nice one, but who has a secret. Plus a wizard and a dragonman. They are all on their own adventures and agendas. The city seems to throw them all into different directions. Like it wants them to separate.

The book is about, them all going and doing their own stuff (too much to tell her, secrets hello.) The city crumbling around them and they trying to stay alive, while killing a few. And trying to find the man who led them here so they can get paid. Adventure, secrets and death is what the story has to offer.

I do wonder where the story will go, at the end I had doubts. Maybe the city really should fall. It was not a good city. It also had me wondering about other things, thrilling. ( )
  blodeuedd | Mar 2, 2016 |
Add this to the list of epic fantasy that is much better than Song of Ice and Fire. City Stained Red takes the basic genre troops of the assorted fantasy party of humans and 'oids, twists everything around, and adds a major dose of wit and humor. Make no mistake--it's an intense and dark read, where human suffering is front and center, but Sykes balances that with funny commentary that feels real even when absurd. ( )
  ladycato | Jan 24, 2016 |
Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2015/03/10/review-the-city-stained-red-by-sam-syk...

I’m going to come right out and say, this is not quite how I would typically write a review. My reviews are usually filled with my reaction to the book, but this one has more reaction and less detail than normal. So, you’ve been forewarned.

When I started this book I was quite taken and was expecting a very quick read because initially it was. This book has a ton of action and some fun characters that seemed to be in the middle of “something” but you really didn’t know what. I had no idea this is a follow up series to Aeon’s Gates. Perhaps that is a “Shame on me” for not doing my homework. But I’ll be honest, I kind of wished I had known that.

Initially I felt like the style of this book was similar to The Black Company or Malazan where there reader is just dumped in the middle of events and expected to pick up the story as it is told. I liked those books, I enjoy being a go-with-the-flow type of reader. But then I started recognizing a couple of key phrases. I may not have read Sykes’ first series, but I was familiar with the titles. So when I saw “Tome of the Undergates” and “Aeon’s Gates” and in a way where they were referred to in relation to past events, I quickly realized I was not reading a completely fresh new series, but a continuation of the old one. Readers of the first series would not feel like they were “dumped” into the story because they would know exactly what was going on. Now, in all fairness, I did pick up on the characters and understand the group dynamic. One of the strengths of this book is the fun group dynamic. I also don’t think it took me long at all to get up to speed.

As for the book, there are some fun characters, and did I mention there is serious amounts of action? There are spiders that sustain the City with their silk production. Huge/towering spiders! They are revered and guarded because without them, the city would be nothing. I enjoyed that, as well as the atmosphere of the City which was rather dark.

I did find the middle of the book slowed down for me and it took a while to regain my interest. Honestly, I never felt as engaged with the book as I did in the very beginning, which is a little disappointing. But keep in mind, I felt it started out incredibly strong. So, don’t read this and think it’s a bad book, it’s just maybe not quite as good as I had hoped.

When it comes down to it, this is a decent read, my opinion of it may be a bit middle of the road. For fans of the first series, I would imagine you want to continue. For new readers, you can definitely start with this one, just realize if you want to read the first series after this, you will have some idea of the future of the characters.

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  tenaciousreader | Oct 6, 2015 |
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"A long-exiled living god arises. A city begins to break apart at the seams. Lenk and his battle-scarred companions have come to Cier'Djaal in search of Miron Evanhands, a wealthy priest who contracted them to eradicate demons -- and then vanished before paying for the job. But hunting Miron down might be tougher than even these weary adventurers can handle as two unstoppable religious armies move towards all-out war, tensions rise within the capital's cultural melting pot, and demons begin to pour from the shadows... And Khoth Kapira, the long-banished living god, has seen his chance to return and regain dominion over the world. Now all that prevents the city from tearing itself apart in carnage are Lenk, Kataria, a savage human-hating warrior, Denaos, a dangerous rogue, Asper, a healer priestess, Dreadaeleon, a young wizard, and Gariath, one of the last of the dragonmen"--

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