Wednesday 6 March 2019

City of Lies - Sam Hawke

Paperback, 559 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Tor Books
Series: Poison Wars #1

My Thoughts
I wish I could have read this one faster, but alas, life with a  toddler does not always make it so. But I did take it with me any chance I could because it was that good!

It is a siege story wrapper in a murder mystery. Thrilling!

The story starts with poison. Soon the country's leader is dead and the city is under siege. The question is now, why are they under attack? Is there something more at play? And who killed the Chancellor?

Jovan was brought up knowing poisons so he could protect the Chancellor the day it came to that. Jovan was honorable and took his work seriously. I did like him.

His sister Kalina is more reckless, but at the same time not. She is sickly and could not take on the poisoner mantle. But she has her own part to play and I liked how she did not let anything hold her back.

And the questions kept on piling up. What is going on with this brutal siege? I really wanted the answer and kept reading faster and faster. I also liked how we did get an ending, but there will be more books so I guess life is not done with these characters yet.

Great storytelling. More now please.

Simple and pretty. The details are great 

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.


  1. I love epic fantasy and I'm glad seeing 559pages no longer scares me LOL ;-)
    Great review!

  2. This is a long book! No wonder it took you a while to get through it. Glad that it ended the way you liked and that you want to continue with the series! :)

    1. Long? Nah, I would not say that. I could have breezed through it fast if I had the time

  3. I wasn't able to connect to the story so it was a DNF for me

  4. this looks good. I need to get it. Wondering if my husband would like it

  5. I remember back when my daughter was a toddler, I hardly read at all. lol A murder mystery, I like a good mystery.

    1. And that is why I am doing so much audio lately

  6. Well now I want to know why the city was under siege.

  7. Sounds like a good start to a new series. Ha the toddler will keep you fit.

  8. I liked this one, though I thought it took some time to take off. I'll be picking up book two for sure though.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  9. Sounds like there were a couple good mysteries to keep you riveted.
    Hope the rest of the series is just as good.

  10. Sounds really good. I don't mind longer books. I tend to hesitate to start them, but I love them once I get started.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

    1. I like those that do not feel long, but are



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