book reviews by Althea

The City of Ice – KM McKinley ****

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The City of Ice
The City of Ice by K.M. McKinley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Do not even think about starting here! If you haven’t read the first one, go here:… and read ‘The Iron Ship’ first! These are really not ‘books in a series’ but one continuing story… scratch that; it’s several continuing stories, some of them with very little relation to one another. (And if you don’t start at the beginning, they will seem like they have absolutely no relationship to each other.)

I have to admit, the looseness of the plotting could be seen as a flaw in this epic work. However, at the end of the day, I don’t really mind. I really like this story (stories.) I found all of the separate plot threads engaging, I enjoyed all of the imaginative detail, and the big epic-fantasy threat-to-the-world-itself works well here too (and succeeds in tying together all of the separate dramas going on here just enough.)

There’s a bit of something here for everyone… wizard battles, steampunk-ish technology, a nautical quest for the city of the title, ancient technology, dire hordes from other worlds, alien/inhuman powers, rogues and conmen, brave warriors and military action – and even a dash of sadomasochistic romance.

I recommend the series – but again, start at the beginning!
Many thanks to NetGalley and Solaris for the opportunity to read. As always, my opinions are solely my own.

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