Holy hell guys. H-O-L-Y hell.
This book blew me away.
Regular readers of this blog will know that I absolutely loved Take Back the Skies and The Almost King, the first two books of Lucy Saxon’s series of standalone novels set in the continent of Tellus. I really enjoyed them.
But this. This was so bloody fantastic.
The City Bleeds Gold follows Noah Hansen, upper city born and courting the Princess of Erova, Crysta. Or at least, that’s who he is by day.
By night, he is Daniel Novak, vigilante and saviour of the lower parts of Talen, protector of the poor, scourge of the gangsters.
As the Festival of the Goddess rolls around once more, Noah realises that his time as Daniel needs to come to a close so he can commit to his life with Crysta. But he can’t leave Daniel behind while mobster Diora still prowls the lower city. Determined to put an end to Diora, Noah/Daniel sets out to take him down once and for all.
The City Bleeds Gold is a great story of intrigue, secret identities, carnivals, royalty and – because its Tellus – mecha. The new setting of Erova brings with it green and gold, the colours of the royal Octavians in the Venetian-esque Talen, a city of masks.
Saxon’s character work goes into full thrust, giving us the not just divided Noah, but his grieving father Ellavander, duty bound passionate Crysta, secretive quiet Rosa, moral Damien.
This novel feels cinematic in all aspects, a sweeping grand story that doesn’t seem out of place alongside Marvel’s recent vigilante creations.
Not to give things away, but the last 50 pages had my heart racing almost constantly, biting my lip and squealing for Noah to catch the bad guys.
I recommend reading the Tellus saga in order (although they are stand alone titles and actually this one doesn’t give spoilers to the previous books, unlike The Almost King) in order to appreciate the constantly evolving brilliance of Lucy Saxon.
Interested? Of course you are. Get on this!
What to read next:
- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
- The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
- Ms Marvel (Kamala Khan), Volume 1: No Normal by Adrian Alphona, G. Willow Wilson & Jacob Wyatt. I talk about this series here as well.
Thank you kindly to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy to review.