Review: A City in Blue

  • Title:
    • A City in Blue
  • Author:
    • Joshua C. Cook
  • Release:
    • January 18, 2022
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Eric Bryan Moore
  • Series:
    • The Forgemaster Cycle, Book 3

My first impression of this story is that each book in this series is better than the last. Where it really lost me was when it pulled the old power being shown up and threatened by newcomers crap. That’s been done to death and the second series by this same author I’ve reviewed to feature it. It just feels lazy. I’ve seen this story 100 times before, I know how it’s all going to work out. It’s not fun or interesting anymore.

The plot feels like it was kicked into the back seat while this new plot about politics in a magic city takes over. Hardly anybody addresses the fact that the Forgremaster is missing, the human Gods are gone, the old power structure is gone and the world must be in chaos. That’s pushed aside in favor of a ridiculously played-out power struggle story in a new city. I found myself constantly wondering what the hell any of it had to do with the story previously being told.

Unlike my other example, Bridgefinders, what saves this book is the characters. As the series progresses, characters get picked off and new ones introduced. The new characters are always equally as compelling as the old and gave me a reason to keep listening.

The narrator, as always did a fantastic job of reading and acting out the lines.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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