☆ The City || ↠ PDF Read by ✓ Stella Gemmell

By Stella Gemmell | Comments: ( 750 ) | Date: ( Oct 14, 2019 )

In her debut solo novel, Stella Gemmell, coauthor of the powerful Booklist conclusion to David Gemmell s Troy series, weaves a dark epic fantasy about a war torn civilization and the immortal emperor who has it clutched in his evil grasp.The City is ancient, layers upon layers Once a thriving metropolis, it has sprawled beyond its bounds, inciting endless wars with nIn her debut solo novel, Stella Gemmell, coauthor of the powerful Booklist conclusion to David Gemmell s Troy series, weaves a dark epic fantasy about a war torn civilization and the immortal emperor who has it clutched in his evil grasp.The City is ancient, layers upon layers Once a thriving metropolis, it has sprawled beyond its bounds, inciting endless wars with neighboring tribes and creating a barren wasteland of what was once green and productive.In the center of the City lives the emperor Few have ever seen him, but those who have recall a man in his prime, though he should be very old Some grimly speculate that he is no longer human, if he ever was A small number have come to the desperate conclusion that the only way to stop the war is to end the emperor s unnaturally long life.From the mazelike sewers below the City, where the poor struggle to stay alive in the dark, to the blood soaked fields of battle, where few heroes manage to endure the never ending siege, the rebels pin their hopes on one man Shuskara The emperor s former general, he was betrayed long ago and is believed to be dead But, under different aliases, he has survived, forsaking his City and hiding from his immortal foe Now the time has come for him to engage in one final battle to free the City from the creature who dwells at its heart, pulling the strings that keep the land drenched in gore.


  • Title: The City
  • Author: Stella Gemmell
  • ISBN: 9780425264188
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Stella Gemmell

Stella Gemmell has a degree in politics and is a journalist She was married to the internationally acclaimed and bestselling fantasy novelist David Gemmell and worked with him on his three Troy novels, completing the final book, Troy Fall of Kings, following his death in 2006 She lives in East Sussex The City is her first solo novel.



Comments The City

  • Petros Triantafyllou

    The City is a beautiful debut and the perfect introduction for a fantasy author who has a lot to offer in the coming years.I heard a lot of things about Stella Gemmell. About how she is heavily influenced from her late husband's work, how she is trying to step into his shoes, or even that she is taking advantage of her surname. Trust me when Ι say that this isn't the case. In her debut novel, Stella is carving her own path in what we call Epic Fantasy, and she is doing so with great skill, wond [...]


  • Mark Lawrence

    Stella Gemmell writes very well and has a great imagination.I took a long time to read this book, but then I'm a slow reader with very little spare time.The City is a book that I can't find a good canditate for pointing at and saying 'it was like this'. I guess Glenda Larke's The Last Stormlord is the closest I can get.It took a long time for me to engage with the story. I liked the city/sewer scenes more than the extended battle/war scenes - which is unusual for me. We're offered many points of [...]


  • Mark Lawrence

    Stella Gemmell writes very well and has a great imagination.I took a long time to read this book, but then I'm a slow reader with very little spare time.The City is a book that I can't find a good canditate for pointing at and saying 'it was like this'. I guess Glenda Larke's The Last Stormlord is the closest I can get.It took a long time for me to engage with the story. I liked the city/sewer scenes more than the extended battle/war scenes - which is unusual for me. We're offered many points of [...]


  • Mark

    OK. Looking at the name at the top of this review (not mine, the other one!), I know there will be some Epic Fantasy readers who are familiar with the surname. So just to clear this up as we start, this is the first solo novel by Stella Gemmell, nee Graham, co-author of Fall of Kings, the retelling of the legendary Troy story, as well as book editor, principal researcher and the wife of the sadly deceased Fantasy author David Gemmell. This is her first solo novel.That would suggest a pedigree, a [...]


  • Gavin

    I had high hopes for this fantasy book from Stella Gemmell, the wife of legendary heroic fantasy author David Gemmell, but unfortunately it never quite managed to live up to my lofty expectations. It turned out to be a fairly average fantasy read. It had its strong points. The story was intriguing enough and had a good balance of action and mystery, the world was an interesting one, and the characters were a complex enough bunch. It was the flaws that dragged this book into average territory. Th [...]


  • Liz Barnsley

    Best fantasy novel I've read in YEARS. Perfect. And a proper story too, very few tomes about these days.I have book 2 to read then I'll be reviewing both as a kind of dual thing. But this one definitely highly recommended.


  • Robin Carter

    Review:It was with split emotions that i took on reading this book. I had no direct experience of Stella's writing, as i have still not read the last ever Gemmell Troy novel that she completed for her Husband David Gemmell, for me reading that book means the end of all David Gemmell books. David Gemmell is the man who inspired my love of reading and every rich, powerful, educational, inspirational thing that has brought to my life, including many great friends.I promised myself i would read Stel [...]


  • Goran Zidar

    There was something about this book that kept me from loving it. The premise was interesting, the world had me wanting to know more, the characters were realistic, and the setting was well thought out, but I just couldn't get excited about any of it.The first hundred pages or so had me hooked, but by the end I wasn't really clear on what actually happened. Did the heroes win? Did the bad guys win? Did anybody win? The finish is still a bit of a mystery to me. Also, there was aspects to the way t [...]


  • Blodeuedd Finland

    I think the best way to describe this book is epic. It was truly epic. I know fantasy is usually epic, but here the word gets it's true meaning. The story is deep and feels complex. It's fascinating, and the world building and story telling was awesome.It's about a an empire on feet of clay. A city slowly eating itself and spitting out soldier after soldier. Women thrown into the war machine until the only people left are maimed old soldiers and a few children. There is no time for making childr [...]


  • Nikki

    I hoped to love this, because I have enjoyed the late David Gemmell’s work (some of it more, some less), but this just went too slow for me. I don’t necessarily mind a slow build, but this was a trope salad: it felt like typical epic fantasy, and the prose didn’t elevate it above that. Sure, the prose and setting were decent, and some aspects of the setting were really well described — the darkness, claustrophobia and caution endemic among the sewer people, for example. But it was lackin [...]


  • Damian Dubois

    The City. So this was one book that caught my eye while perusing the local bookstore. No doubt you are thinking the reason for that is the large, gold embossed surname plastered across the front cover. Gemmell. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Well that’s because this is the wife of the late David Gemmell, one of the most respected and revered authors in the fantasy genre. And, I hesitate and ashamedly have to admit, an author that I haven’t sampled as yet…But back to the titular City. The Ci [...]


  • Sarina Morrhaye

    Met heel veel nieuwsgierigheid ben ik aan dit boek begonnen. Lost het de verwachtingen in. Ja en neen. Het verhaal op zich vind ik wel leuk, maar soms springt het ook waardoor ik denk van "Ho, wacht eens even ik ben de draad kwijt" om dan tot de conclusie te komen dat men een sprong naar de toekomt maakt. De schrijfster heeft dat wat mij betreft echt niet duidelijk aangegeven. Daar een sprong van 8 jaar naar de toekomst, daar weer terug naar het verleden pfff . kan toch niet moeilijk zijn om ev [...]


  • Bogdan

    I`ve finished this some days ago.I`ve read some of the negative opinions on this book and I really do not understand some of them.But in the end the reading it`s a subjective matter and I guess that you have to be in the right mood to really enjoy a book.I`ve read this one after the first Obama book and maybe I had more pacience with this one. But in truth the first part was very gripping, much better than the Metro novel, that also takes place in a subterranean area.It has a wide range of chara [...]


  • Milo (BOK)

    Read the Original Review: thefoundingfields/2013/05/.“An awesome, epic book. Unputdownable, engrossing and enthralling. A top notch Fantasy debut.” ~The Founding FieldsIf you’re a fantasy fan, chances are you’ll have probably heard of David Gemmell and more than likely read at least one book by him. I can say that I actually own three of his Druss the Legend novels, but have only ever found the time to read Legend, which I really enjoyed. I don’t know why I got around to reading the ne [...]


  • Craig Slater

    This is one of those rare books that you finish, put in the done pile and say "WOW". Its an impressive achievement. Both clever and engrossing. It is rich in well crafted characters, as some books are, but nearly every character in here has a point. There's very little said or done that does not have some significance to someone at some point. It is so cleverly plotted. Some characters you see grow up, some you see old (or older) reflecting on their earlier life, their losses, their achievements [...]


  • Peter Greenwell

    This book is a scattered mess. It jumps haphazardly from one location and time to another, and while that aspect in itself is not a fault per se, it is with this. The author's writing is full of disjointed short constructions and repetitive words and phrasings. What looked like a promising read started out that way but rather than keep to the premise, it turns to the old trope: war. And more war. It's compelling enough of a read not to write it off completely, but it has too many faults to be fu [...]


  • Liviu

    took a look and the prose did not entice me in the least as it read very blandly, no emotion, no "salt and pepper' so to speak; flipped through the pages and read the last 10 pages and the epilogue and again I saw no reason to read more; seems to be a standalone epic but otherwise nothing to separate it from countless such published


  • Anthony Ryan

    In The City Stella Gemmell has crafted a compelling tale of war and intrigue, combining intense action with deft plotting and and original premise.


  • Lisa

    My full review can be found here:wildersbookreview.


  • KostasAt

    7.5/10When I first met, I remember, David Gemmell through his books I became a fan of his from the first moment as he had a very unique talent that nowadays you can’t find very often. Through his characters, even though their flaws, he always managed to amaze you and to bring entertaining stories, which behind all they hid also many philosophical messages.His career had a large impact on the genre of Heroic Fantasy that influenced as much the readers of his books, as also many writers and it's [...]


  • Tom Owens

    I’ll confess I’ve never read any of David Gemmell’s books – not deliberately I might add, they just never jumped out at me when in the bookstores as a “must read”. With David now sadly departed, his wife Stella has branched out into some storytelling of her own (having been David’s right hand person for so long).This one was parked in Waterstone’s on a table of books with the general theme “Fantasy and Adventure”. The front picture looked good, the blurb sounded like my kind [...]


  • Aimee

    I’d never heard of this book before Penguin Random House sent me the sequel, The Immortal Throne, to review. I borrowed this from the library a few weeks ago.It took me a few days to get into this book. I think the problem was that I’d just finished two books from the Song of Ice and Fire series and they’re huge fantasy books. So going from them to another epic fantasy wasn’t the best idea but I pushed through it and am so glad I did.The way the story was told was a little confusing at t [...]


  • Jordan

    This book was uneven for me. The concept and the setting were both intriguing, and the prose was decent, but parts of the book were difficult to follow. The action scenes, of which there were many, were solid, but again the plot dragged on a bit and the conclusion was less satisfying than I'd hoped for. Character was another uneven area. Several of the characters were extremely interesting, especially among the City's ruling elite, but most of the main cast were shallow and underwent little grow [...]


  • Doug

    I really, really liked this book, but I'm going to withhold "Love" because the ending went just a tad wonky, in my opinion. Not bad or anything; just a little pear-shaped. Great characters, great action, ancient mysteries, vivid setting, palpable suspense and quite epic in scope. Everything I love.Being a stand-alone book was a big part of the attraction for me, but I have to honest: while it is a "stand-alone" story in the technical sense, I don't believe for a second that there won't be a sequ [...]


  • Jason M Waltz

    Very disappointed in this after I eagerly looked forward to reading it. Unsatisfying, pointlessly convoluted, and rarely engrossing (I started and finished 5 other books in addition to numerous graphic novels and short stories while reading this one). Regretfully not a book I will recommend.


  • Mark

    Really good read, the story really picks up it pace after the first part. One of the best read of this year so far for me.


  • Lynsey Dalladay

    This is an epic to end all epics!


  • Jasper

    Originally posted at: thebookplank/2013/09/the-citymlThe City is Stella Gemmell's first solo book, Stella Gemmell helped her husband, David Gemmell the legendary bestselling fantasy author with working on the three Troy novels and finished the last book Troy: Fall of Kings after his death in 2006. The first thing that really got me excited on The City was the part of the synopsis that mentioned the City and all that surrounded it, you can get a glimpse how intricate it is and how perilous and di [...]


  • David Stringer

    This is one long, epic book and story.I'm struggling to gauge how much I liked it, or not, so giving it a 'liked it' three stars. Kind of sitting on the fence with this one. Doesn't quite merit four stars from me. Why? I hear you ask. Well, I liked the intelligence in the writing, the detail and intrigue of the City and majority of the characters are very real and worth buying into, and the overall premise of the story is good! I also liked how some characters you've kind of grew up with 'as doe [...]


  • Pats Cornelis

    Heel leuk en ontspannend lezen al zou ik het meer onder jeugdboeken plaatsen


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