The City of Dusk by Tara Sim

The City of Dusk
by Tara Sim
Pub Date – 3/22/22
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This is the first book in a trilogy! Yay excited about that!
In a world of Gods and elementalist, the realms are starting to die. The four heirs for the four elements are trying to discover how to stop this. In the process they discover that what they have believed about their religious history is flawed and at some point was changed.
They are trying to learn the illegal magic that has been outlawed to gain the powers of the Gods.
I felt a little of the parallels since I read a book about Solstice around Christmas time. And the way in history to hide truths and other religions they have stolen their symbols and used them to take away their importance. But also in the passage of time no one knows except those still practicing.
This book is multiple POVs, following the heirs as they seek the truth. I really enjoyed all the characters. I love going from one to the other inner thoughts especially when they are working towards a goal or are seeking. So we can see the full picture of the city and how we are doing in this war. They were all fleshed out and there was representation for LGBTQ. The detail and worldbuilding was great. I enjoyed this world that was sealed by a Sealing. Such an interesting concept.
This book was constant activity, the usual abuse of power at the top, the young asking questions and finding out so much as their parents have been assimilated into the history they’ve been taught.
Can’t wait to see where this series goes!


Thank you Orbit for the gifted ARC for my honest and voluntary review.

Synopsis:

Set in a gorgeous world of bone and shadow magic, of vengeful gods and defiant chosen ones, The City of Dusk is the first in a dark epic fantasy trilogy that follows the four heirs of four noble houses—each gifted with a divine power—as they form a tenuous alliance to keep their kingdom from descending into a realm-shattering war.

The Four Realms—Life, Death, Light, and Darkness—all converge on the city of dusk. For each realm there is a god, and for each god there is an heir.

But the gods have withdrawn their favor from the once vibrant and thriving city. And without it, all the realms are dying.

Unwilling to stand by and watch the destruction, the four heirs—Risha, a necromancer struggling to keep the peace; Angelica, an elementalist with her eyes set on the throne; Taesia, a shadow-wielding rogue with rebellion in her heart; and Nik, a soldier who struggles to see the light— will sacrifice everything to save the city.

But their defiance will cost them dearly.

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