Review: The City of Ice by K.M. Mckinely

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Publisher: Solaris

Publishing Date: December 2016

ISBN: 9781781084861

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.3/5

Publishers Description: An ancient city. A wondrous invention. A perilous journey. The epic sequel to the incredible debut novel The Iron Ship. Deep in the polar south stands a city like no other, a city built aeons ago by a civilisation mighty and wise. The City of Ice promises the secrets of the ancients to whomever can reach it first. It may prove too little knowledge too late, for the closest approach of the Twin in 4000 years draws near, an event that has heralded terrible destruction in past ages.

Review: Ruh roh, not as good as the first novel in the series, “The Iron Ship” which honestly was/is a tough act to follow. This novel that continues to loosely follow the lives and journeys of family “Kressind“, jumps around like a kid on candy. Other characters are added into the storyline and it does take awhile to culminate the fractious lives of the many into a salable novel. What was really weird was the fantasy steam punk version of 50 Shades of Grey, where a young prostitute is chosen by a lesser god to get porked in various ways with leashes, bindings…..well you know the drill.  If I sound slightly misogynist then I merely echo the content of the novel, and really fail to bring its reality to the fore. I can continue in this vein but I might upset a certain Feminist in the Netherlands. 

Still, this was frickin’ good. This is some of the best, or should I say consummate character development I have ever read. It blows the mind how elegant the play is between the movement and the characters. What transpires in every scene is interesting in so much that you are transported to another reality. There is so much going on that to iterate any of the memorable passages would fail to do the whole justice. And don’t get me started on the world building. GET THIS!

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