City of Stairs (The Divine Cities #1) - Robert Jackson Bennett 8.76   4

World Fantasy Award nominee 2015.

An atmospheric and intrigue-filled novel of dead gods, buried histories, and a mysterious, protean city - from one of America's most acclaimed young SF writers.

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.

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Release date September 4, 2014
Details updated April 26, 2022

The Divine Cities :: Series

Series contains 3 primary works and has 3 total works.

City of Stairs (The Divine Cities #1) 8.76   4
City of Blades (The Divine Cities #2) 8.76   4
City of Miracles (The Divine Cities #3) 9.76   4

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