Hello Gemmies! I have a new book review to share with you today. Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review.
The Unconquered City by K.A. Doore is a wonderful epic fantasy and the third and final book in the Chronicles of Ghadid trilogy. Let's start with the cover. Ok to be fair, all the covers in this series have just been gorgeous! Book three is no different with another strong female warrior with weaponry in hand! I love that each book has a separate color theme and the shades of blue and water imagery in this one is significant to the storyline.
The Chronicles of Ghadid has turned into one of my all time favorite fantasy series. The Unconquered City is so amazing and a great end to the series. I cannot tell you enough how much I loved it! Now, you can read these stories out of order, but I recommend reading them in chronological order in order to really appreciate the growth of the characters and the progression of all the different storylines. The Unconquered City takes place seven years after the events in The Impossible Contract. The action starts right away and maintains a pace that keeps you gasping as you turn each page. Along with the action is the underlining theme of dealing with past trauma and the hope for building something better in the future.
This world that K.A Doore has created is so detailed and unique and we get to see it expanded even more from the first two novels with the introduction of another city. We also get more adventures in the desert and undead camels! The Unconquered City is another well written character driven story. We follow the story of Illi, a younger cousin and assassin in training in the first two books; now all grown up and a protector of Ghadid. We are also reintroduced to old favorites like Thana, Heru, Mo, and Amastan as everyone tries to deal with rebuilding their lives while fighting off a new threat to their fragile peace. I loved the relationship between Illi and Heru. Heru is such a character and socially awkward that he became my favorite of the entire series. This book made me laugh, cry, and bite my nails in suspense! I really, really don't want the series to end!
If you are a fan of epic fantasies, adventure, assassins, blood magic, necromancy, mystery, complicated love stories, and kind of happy endings then go read this book! This gem published by Tor Books is set to release June 16, 2020, and is available for pre-order from all major booksellers.
I give The Unconquered City 5 out of 5 gems. I loved this book and series and hope we got more stories set in this universe. Happy Reading!