Title: The City Of Ice
Author: K.M McKinley
Publication Date: Dec 27, 2016
I received a copy from the publisher Solaris for review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.
An ancient city. A wondrous invention. A perilous journey.
The epic sequel to the incredible debut novel The Iron Ship.
Deep in the polar south stands a city like no other, a city built aeons ago by a civilisation mighty and wise.
The City of Ice promises the secrets of the ancients to whomever can reach it first. It may prove too little knowledge too late, for the closest approach of the Twin in 4000 years draws near, an event that has heralded terrible destruction in past ages.
As the Kressind siblings pursue their fortunes, the world stands upon the dawn of a new era, but it may yet be consumed by a darkness from the past.
Industry and magic, gods and steampower collide in the captivating sequel to The Iron Ship.
After reading The Iron Ship some time ago, I knew I wanted to get my hands on The City Of Ice. I am happy to say that my excitement was richly rewarded with an even more complex and fleshed out world and events in this sequel. There were quite a few oh sh*t moments and I found myself wanting to slowly read and digest this book.
The plot is simple really; it follows the exploration on which The Iron Ship has ventured with Trassan Kressind at the lead trying to get to their destination, The City Of Ice before his rival Persin, and to claim the riches of the Morfaan. We also learn a lot more about the Gods and different factions striving for controls as well as the fact that magic is finite and is being used up with devastating consequences.
I loved the pacing of this novel and the different POVs. There was enough action and moments of tension to keep me invested and intrigued. There are quite a few loose threads to be tied up in another novel or novels which I am looking forward to and also some unexpected occurrences which is always good in my book. Even though the cast of characters was large and complex, the relationships were believable and easily distinguished. The tighter focus of the plot allows for a more emotional connection in regards to the Kressind family as each member strives to make their way.
All in all, this sequel more than delivers on its premise and with its tighter , more focused plot, made for a more captivating read. The many twists and turns and consequences suffered by the main characters made for a very emotional read at times and I’m now invested in finding out what else happens and so await future novel(s) with anticipation.