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Die Stadt der tausend Treppen (2014)

von Robert Jackson Bennett

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"The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions--until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself--first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it--stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy. Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the unassuming young woman is just another junior diplomat sent by Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, she is one of her country's most accomplished spies, dispatched to catch a murderer. But as Shara pursues the killer, she starts to suspect that the beings who ruled this terrible place may not be as dead as they seem--and that Bulikov's cruel reign may not yet be over."-- From back cover.… (mehr)
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This... was not a bad book. It was entertaining and fun, it was readable and recommendable, a book to read to pass time.

It wasnt an excellent book, it was highly predictable, if you where paying attention, something you could easily do because the book traps you inside the story and you do pay attention to all little details, but took away the surprise when you get to the point where the "mysteries" resolve. The book also had a problem where it was too cinematic, and by this i mean, you feel like you are watching the story, from away the story, its not up until the very last passage of the very last chapter that I really feel an emotional connection to the characters, and by that the book gets a high boost, because it leaves you with a fond hug, like an old friend you part away, I liked that a lot.

The book itself is about dead gods and political intrigue, but mostly about self discovery and building one own.

I very much expect to read the next installment on this series. ( )
  GridCube | Jan 17, 2022 |
I went into City of Stairs completely blind. I'm not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't a spy thriller/mystery set in one a highly imaginative fantasy interpretation of what seems to be late 19th century India and Russia.

Welcome to Bulikov! Once home to gods and their miracles, the now-conquered city is a shade of its former self with its citizens subjugated and its history suppressed. Officially, Cultural Ambassador Shara Komayd has been sent to the city to investigate a murder. Unofficially? Shara has her work cut out for her to figure it all out.

The story is a slow burn. Bennett takes his time setting the stage and introducing us to his characters. Each step along the way is revealed slowly and deliberately as we gradually learn that there is a lot more going on in the city than first meets the eye. The story eventually gains momentum and it turns into one long roller coaster ride with a few unexpected twists and drops in the second half.

What impressed me with the setting is how much history and age the author was able to give to Bulikov. As I wandered the city with Shara and her, ah, secretary Sigurd, it feels like I'm wandering the streets of a city that's been around for hundreds of years.

I liked the main character, Shara, and her secretary immensely. Shara and Sigurd make for an odd pair that work together fabulously. Shara is highly intelligent and plays the spy game as a master. Sigurd is a bit of an enigma with an interesting skill set and I hope we learn more about his character in the rest of the trilogy.

This story could be read as stand alone as all major plot points are tied up by the end. I like these characters and this world enough that I'm looking forward to finding out what is in store for Shara next. ( )
  Narilka | Jan 16, 2022 |
Well, that was quite a journey. ( )
  JessicaReadsThings | Dec 2, 2021 |
Excellent! Seemingly starts slow, but takes off and pulls you in. ( )
  jimgosailing | Nov 18, 2021 |
This book is amazing! I highly recommend it to fans of fantasy, world-building, and strong female characters. This books packs with it commentary on colonialism and racism, religion and politics, the divine and the down-to-earth. Yeah, I saw several of the main surprises coming--and when I didn't, I'd seen half it--but this fantastic world makes up for it.

I only have three cautions:

First, there are a lot of Gods to keep track of. By the end I was only really remembering four out of six, though I did recognize the others when they cropped up. I love the mental exercise, but I know some people don't.

Second, I had a bit of trouble following the timeline--though I'm pretty sure this is just me at this point, since I've had this difficulty a couple times. I kept getting confused about whether Saypur had invaded the continent a thousand years earlier or eighty years earlier, and one particularly nice "oh snap" moment towards the end depends on it being the former.

Finally, there are a lot of names that start with V and are about 5 or 6 letters long. I'm usually pretty good about keeping track of characters who have a part in a story (the two gods I couldn't remember aren't really key and don't have many myths discussed), but this tripped me up a bit. Admittedly, this is partly because of my lazy habit when reading fantasy of reading a name once and then just recognizing it by shape as I go along.

So all my complaints are more me-centered than story-centered. This was a fantastically rich, diverse world, and I loved every moment of it. I haven't said this in years, but I'm looking forward to the sequel! ( )
  books-n-pickles | Oct 29, 2021 |
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"The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions--until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself--first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it--stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy. Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the unassuming young woman is just another junior diplomat sent by Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, she is one of her country's most accomplished spies, dispatched to catch a murderer. But as Shara pursues the killer, she starts to suspect that the beings who ruled this terrible place may not be as dead as they seem--and that Bulikov's cruel reign may not yet be over."-- From back cover.

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