City of Lies
Book 1 of Poison Wars
by Sam Hawke
Publisher: Macmillan | Tor
Release Date: July 3, 2018
Format: ARC from NetGalley
Jovan is a friend of the Chancellor’s family and also secretly trained to protect them by identifying poisons and chemicals. When the Chancellor is poisoned and there is unrest in the city, Jovan and his sister must protect the Heir and save their city.
The story is told through the perspective of two characters, Jovan and Kalina, who are siblings. Jovan is a very logical person who worries about protecting a righteous Heir, and while Kalina’s strength has not regained she actively pursues leads that can solve the mystery surrounding the public unrest. They were interesting characters to read about. I haven’t read a story with a character like Jovan who quickly becomes focused on completing a task with no regards to the outside world. I was also able to see the trust the characters had for each other. I wish that I could see more of the friendship between Jovan and the Heir. There is a lot of history to their friendship and while I can clearly see the bond between them I suppose I wanted to see the chemistry portrayed in their conversations. I loved the intricate details given to the plants. I was probably looking forward to the blurbs about these toxic plants.
The world was very vivid and full of history just waiting to be explored. The concept of joining Guilds reminded me of Fairy Tail and of role playing games. There was one element of the world building—the history of the people who led the revolution in the city—that was important to the story that I found to be a bit weak in the deliver of how important it was.
The mystery element of this story is full of intrigue. I was second guessing everyone that our two main characters came of across. There was a point in the story where I had my suspicions of who the culprit was. Although my suspicions did turn out to be true this story did make me doubt myself.
Their is a romance that occurs to Jovan, but I have to say that I did not enjoy it as much. While I did see the allure the two characters could have with each other, I felt that the attraction was glanced over. While the romance is a small part in the grand scheme of things I felt I was missing
This is just the first book in a series though and I wonder what else is in store in the next book. I can’t wait to see how the relationships will grow and how the friendships will be explored.
Read in June 2018