City of Stairs (The Divine Cities)

By Robert Jackson Bennett

An atmospheric and intrigue-filled novel of useless gods, buried histories, and a mysterious, protean city--from certainly one of America's so much acclaimed younger SF writers.

town of Bulikov as soon as wielded the powers of the gods to overcome the area, enslaving and brutalizing millions—until its divine protectors have been killed. Now Bulikov has develop into simply one other colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical energy, however the surreal panorama of the town itself—first formed, now shattered, via the millions of miracles its guardians as soon as labored upon it—stands as a continuing, haunting reminder of its former supremacy.

Into this damaged urban steps Shara Thivani. formally, the unassuming younger lady is simply one other junior diplomat despatched by means of Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, she is one in all her country's such a lot comprehensive spies, dispatched to trap a assassin. yet as Shara pursues the killer, she starts off to suspect that the beings who governed this bad position will not be as lifeless as they seem—and that Bulikov's merciless reign won't but be over.

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Allow me take over at the present time. this can be what I do. this is often what i do know. ok? ” He spoke to me from the center of the realm. No—he was once the guts of the realm. “You don’t need,” says Shara softly, “to order your males approximately so. ” “Shara, simply lie back—” “No,” says Shara. “Listen. That used to be now not a deliberate, coordinated assault. And it was once most probably no longer an assassination try. ” “Then what used to be it? ” Shara debates no longer telling her. a few secrets and techniques, she tells herself, can’t be borne by myself. She sits up and says to Pitry, “Pardon, Pitry, yet may you pull over in short?

That is to assert, bad, savage, and beside the point. ” “You don’t need to quote the coverage to me. I wasted twenty years of my existence imposing it. So what are you asserting you must do? ” “I desire to switch this. And if i'm to alter this,” Shara says, “then i'll desire allies at the Continent. ” “Aw, shit. ” “Especially right here in Bulikov. ” “Aw, shit. ” “Because if i would like somebody backing me up,” says Shara, “I wish it to be common Turyin Mulaghesh. ” “I’m a governor in the beginning, yet my army rank is colonel.

Shara shrugs. “I killed a god final week. A ministry can be a small activity, shouldn’t it? ” “That’s a fantastic element, i guess. ” “Will you aid me, Turyin? You and that i have been intended to be servants, and for years we mainly served coverage. i'm providing what i feel is our first actual probability to serve. ” “Aw, shit …” Mulaghesh strokes the scars on her jaw along with her correct hand and contemplates it. “Well. i need to admit all this is often a little attention-grabbing. ” “I was hoping you will imagine so. ” “And final I checked, the pay grade for a common is sort of two times that of a colonel.

There's a be aware within the seat of her chair from considered one of her lieutenants: PULLED THE documents. listed below are THE PAGES looked at THAT MONTH. TOOK some time. will need to provide the children an afternoon OFF … ONLY a guideline. She examines the papers: it truly is twenty pages from the record of things within the Unmentionable Warehouse. Mulaghesh hasn't ever checked out this list—she by no means sought after to—but she casts a watch over a web page now, reviewing notes written a long time in the past through the now-dead Saypuri squaddies who locked these kind of issues away: 368.

Within the middle of the room the eating desk has been kicked over, and in the back of this barricade stands Sigrud, lined in sweat and blood, with one frantic and depressing masked attacker in a headlock below his left arm. along with his correct hand Sigrud holds the continues to be of the ballroom chandelier—which has it sounds as if been ripped out of the ceiling—and he's utilizing it to fend off one other attacker, who makes an attempt to interact him with a sword. yet although it truly is difficult to inform via all of the glimmering crystals flying throughout the air, the attacker seems to be gradually wasting, stumbling again with each blow, in among which Sigrud, utilizing the fist keeping the chandelier, manages to pummel the face of the sorrowful guy in his headlock.

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