City of Last Chances by Adrian Tchaikovsky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a really good book as long as you take a few things in mind before you read it. For one, it is an epic fantasy -- full of a long list of characters and a setting that is vast even if it mainly takes place in a single city. For another, its magic, while quite present, takes a back seat to the totalitarian regime, rebellion, and a bit of worldbuilding mystery.
That being said, I followed the tale with some decent interest and appreciated the layered approach to the city's ongoing history.
Did always fall in love with the characters? No. But a few were consistently great.
I suppose my main concern or complaint is a purely personal one. I have always fallen absolutely in love with Adrian Tchaikovsky's SF and tend to find something a bit off about his Fantasy. I can't quite put my finger on it but it's still true. The places where I want exploration were shunted off track and while I DID like the social commentary on poverty and fascism and even the importance of language to frame the issues properly, I found myself wanting a different kind of book that has nothing to do with the quality of his writing.
I'm entirely certain that other people will get a lot more out of this novel than I did.
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