Review: City of Songs (Seven Swords #3) by Anthony Ryan

MY ⭐️ RATING: 4.25/5

Format: Kindle Whispersync

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

ATHERIA-THE FABLED CITY OF SONGS THE
SHINING JEWEL OF THE THIRD SEA WHERE THE MASKED EXULTIA CASTE HOLD SWAY AND VIE TO OUTDO EACH OTHER IN THEIR PATRONAGE OF THE ARTS, SOMETIMES WITH DEADLY CONSEQUENCES…

Guyime, wandering, dethroned King of the Northlands, is drawn to the Atheria by his quest for the Seven Swords, the demon cursed blades of legend. But to claim the next sword he must first solve a seemingly impossible murder-a puzzle that, once untangled, will unveil secrets so dark they could bring the City of Songs to utter ruin.
Continuing the epic tale of The Seven Swords, City of Songs is an action-packed, darkly magical mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of the Raven's Shadow and Draconis Memoria trilogies.

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MY REVIEW

Each one of these novellas improve more than the previous, and Ryan continues to tell a fascinating story of searching for the Seven Swords. What I really appreciate is that to keep each book fresh and a little different, he has changed up the story telling style. In book 1 it was more about the mystery of who the characters were, in book 2 he introduced the dungeon-crawl style, and this time weaved in a murder/mystery type of tale, while the overarching quest based story stays intact.

“We are all creations,” Guyime returned. “One way or another. And life is still life, regardless of the vessel that carries it.”

The action wasn’t as prevalent, but what action it lacked, it made up for with Ryan’s exception storytelling ability. The action that it did have was great, although I did feel that the ending was a bit anticlimactic compared to the lead up it had. It was still good, just didn’t go out with a bang.

The banter between Guyime and Lakorath continues to be great, and the banter in general with all the characters. I was happy that Seeker got a little more growth as well as her part of the story of searching for her daughter which is starting to play an even bigger role in the story.

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