The Hidden City

The Hidden City At last the story fantasy fans have been waiting for Now in paperback The incredible story that fans of The Sun Sword series have been waiting to read the battle for control of House Terafin Orphaned

  • Title: The Hidden City
  • Author: Michelle West
  • ISBN: 9780756405403
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • At last, the story fantasy fans have been waiting for Now in paperback The incredible story that fans of The Sun Sword series have been waiting to read the battle for control of House Terafin Orphaned and left to fend for herself in the slums of Averalaan, Jewel Markess Jay to her friends meets an unlikely savior in Rath, a man who prowls the ruins of the undercity inAt last, the story fantasy fans have been waiting for Now in paperback The incredible story that fans of The Sun Sword series have been waiting to read the battle for control of House Terafin Orphaned and left to fend for herself in the slums of Averalaan, Jewel Markess Jay to her friends meets an unlikely savior in Rath, a man who prowls the ruins of the undercity in search of artifacts and treasure Nursing Jay back to health is an unusual act for a man who renounced his own family long ago, and the situation becomes stranger still when Jay begins to form a den of other rescued children in Rath s home But worse perils lurk beneath the slums the demons that once nearly destroyed the Essalieyan Empire are stirring again, and soon Rath and Jay will find themselves targets of these deadly and ruthless beings.

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    About “Michelle West

    • Michelle West

      See also Michelle Sagara WestMichelle SagaraMichelle is an author, book seller, and lover of liter ature based in Toronto She writes fantasy novels as both Michelle Sagara and Michelle West and some times as Michelle Sagara West You can find her books at fine booksellers.She lives in Toronto with her long suffering husband and her two children, and to her regret has no dogs.Reading is one of her life long passions, and she is some times paid for her opinions about what she s read by the venerable Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction No matter how many book shelves she buys, there is Never Enough Shelf space Ever.She has published as Michelle Sagara her legal name , as Michelle West her husband s surname , and as Michelle Sagara West a combination of the two.

    856 thoughts on “The Hidden City

    • 200 pages of plot, 500 pages of one dude singing about his feelings. At one point, one of the characters thinks, "So few words, and yet so many."Dear character, I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN.And considering said character is in the middle of a 40-page conversation with the hero (they literally just sit in a room and talk for. Forty. Pages.) there should be a sense of irony, and yet there's not. There's just more words.Rath, our hero, is a grumpy asshole. We know this because he prides himself on [...]

    • says this book is 768 pages. If that's accurate, then this book is a criminal waste of space. The entire plot is: Jewel finds an orphan and takes them home. Rath makes a :/ face. There is some allusion to the kids being ~important~, but no actual proof. Rinse, repeat, add in some vague conspiracy stuff involving a child brothel. But after ten? Twelve? orphans, they still don't get any personality. We don't know their favourite colours, we don't know their backgrounds (because asking about their [...]

    • Back when I used to post my book reviews on my LJ, whenever I reviewed a book by Michelle West (regardless of the name she was writing under at the time - West, Sagara, or Sagara West), I'd preface the review with a warning that this was my absolute favourite fantasy author *EVER* so the reader could take it as read that I'd love the book, and that any review that followed would be glowingly positive because well that's just how things are.I wasn't *quite* sure if that would still be the case wi [...]

    • I don't know what this will be like for future readers who take all of these books in internal chronological order. Me, I've read all the other related series already. So even on the first time through, the plot was something like coming back to a book you've already read. If you're not someone who ever does that, maybe this won't do all that much for you. But why I reread books - why I'm rereading this one right now, actually - is for the writing and the characters. And the more time we spend w [...]

    • Bitchy Aragorn adopts a Circle of Magic kid (who can see the future, and is determined to save all the other street kids, resulting in Bitchy Aragorn being saddled with many kids). Plus schemes and demons and hidden cities.

    • 2.5 stars.Well, in one word, I would have to call this tedious.First, let me just mention what I did enjoy: I appreciated how imaginative the writing was, and also how much effort was put throughout the book into characterization.Now, this book was all about characterization, and almost nothing else, so there was no way I could have finished it if I didn't enjoy even that much of it. I am all for character-driven stories usually, however, I did feel like character development, or even character- [...]

    • This book was really excellent. The main characters are a 10 year old girl and a 40ish man who used to be a noble and has given that up to live in the slums of his city. He meets the girl when she tries to pickpocket him, and even though he prefers to be alone, he ends up taking her under his wing. She ends up being more than she seems and they end up getting involved in a strange mire of circumstances. There is an incredible amount of tension and suspense in this story, and the writing and pros [...]

    • It's been years since I last read a novel by Michelle West and I had forgotten how good a job she does at making you like the people that populate her novels.No big battle, no great quest in this novel, just the storie of a 10 year old orphan girl gathering others orphans around her. And was I enthralledI can see how this could not appeal to everyone but a solid 4 stars for me.The only thing that bothers me is that I read the Sunsword serie more than 10 years ago when it came out and this new se [...]

    • So amazing. I am still shaky from the emotional involvement in this book. Character driven epic fantasy like this is hard to find, had to write well, and hard to pace properly - I feel like this one hit all the right buttons with me. I'm both excited and terrified of what the next book will bring.

    • I love love love this book. If you haven't read anything else in this universe, you'll be just fine. I've read all the previous books, and plan to go back and re-read them as soon as this bit (duology? triloy? I don't know West's plans) is done.The only thing that kept it from five stars was the repetitive nature of some characters' internal dialogues. I got the point right away, but I suppose some readers might need more. I don't know that anyone needs to be hit over the head with Rath, Jewel, [...]

    • Much darker and grittier than the other novels under the West name, and there was some seriously dark stuff in some of those. I would definitely recommend beginning with The Hidden City, and not only because it is chronologically first. (So far. Oh dear)Coming to The Hidden City with knowledge of what happens to these characters - who lives, who dies, who changes, who doesn't - makes it a very poingnant read. It also makes it difficult.

    • While the characterization is very good, it is the overall writing that makes this book extraordinary. So much so that I forgave the book it's somewhat hackneyed 'kids join together to combat evil' theme. Btw, not a book for those who want happy-la-la endings. There is some grit here. Nice dark tones.

    • I was going to say I enjoyed The Hidden City, but 'enjoyed' feels wrong. The House War saga is darker than the Chronicles of Elantra, and the multiple points of view made it difficult to find a character to which I could relate. Perhaps I was enthralled, since enthrallment can be a shadowed thing. I am glad my love of Sagara's Silence led me to Elantra, and then to the House War.

    • Five stars for The Hidden City! The first installment of the House War series is a beautiful and heartbreaking tale of one orphan girl who fights to survive in a city filled with danger and secrets, and who strives to transform a group of broken, forgotten children into the strongest of families: one bound together by love, loyalty, and hope. Don't miss out on this dark and compelling story filled with the magic of fantasy and the heart and complexity inherent in humanity.The Hidden City is anot [...]

    • It is hard to review this book. Let's begin with this: I really, really liked it.But like all first books in a series - and particularly with a fantasy series (it is so much easier with fiction, because the author doesn't have to establish the particulars of the world when it exists in our real world) - there is a lot of world-building, and character establishing (and this book introduces a HUGE number of core characters). That means that it is weighty, and at times a little slow. But it never f [...]

    • This is a terrible book. A wonderful book. An awful book, at times. Frequently a tedious book. I had to poke myself to continue at times, and I would put it down and read something lighterbut I couldn't stand to let it be. I wasn't really happy at all with the ending, so less one star. I need a soaking, steaming bath before I try the next book.

    • oh, this book was a bad influence on me! I started reading it the evening before an important exam. And I do mean important. I just needed to relax a bit. I went through the whole book that night and still couldn’t stop, so ended up reading the second book and some of the third as well. And then it was 6 ‘o clock in the morning and I had to get ready to leave for the exam and I hadn’t slept for a millisecond. I somehow passed the exam (barely) and still I came home and picked up right wher [...]

    • Series are always an investment-both of time and money. This is the start of the House Wars series, but I won't be finishing it. The ending was a bit disappointing, and the plotline alluded to in the title (the "hidden ruins" in the book flap description) is given short shrift. But Rath and Jewel are complex, compelling characters. I love that Jewel isn't sanctimonious in her goodness, and that Rath isn't cliche in his cynicism. The story was good enough that I wanted to see it continue.So imagi [...]

    • Genre: Well, the series will be Epic Fantasy but this book only sorta, certainly Heroic Fantasy ;-)This book is set in the same world as the _Sun Sword_ series and the _Sacred Hunt_ series. In fact the heroine of this book, Jewel Markess, appears in both the previous series. The _Sun Sword_ books leave a 30-something Jewel on the brink of a lethal struggle for the rule of House Terafin. Unfortunately (since I really want to know what happens in that story line) this book revolves around the 11-y [...]

    • "I really liked it."So very almost a five-star.RRRRR I'm too braindead to write a good review right now and that sucks because I have so much to SAY about this book, but hopefully I'll come back to it later and flesh it out (I won't) (I never do.)Super short version: it is VERY PONDEROUSLY PACED and MUCH LONGER THAN IT REALLY NEEDS TO BE, but I've been reading a lot of rapid fire short books and I WANTED something with a lot of padding and stuff. The writing style strays a liiiittle close to pur [...]

    • Michelle Sagara West has a way of writing characters that tap into your empathy and just burrow there to it's depths. I don't think I've ever read a character of hers, including side characters, that I didn't have some kind of interested response to. This book is no different.If you have read the The Sun Sword series, you are very familiar with Jewel Markess and her Den, if you haven't don't worry - it's not necessary. This is the story of Jewel, Jay, and how she becomes the woman you encounter [...]

    • I listened to this excellent story by Michelle Sagara, then writing under the name Michelle West.A coming of age or more accurately a bildungsroman tale of a girl (Jay, or more formally Jewel), age 10, orphaned a few months before the story begins, living in a city without what we today optimistically call a "safety net." She finds a place for herself under a bridge. She is gifted with just the tiniest bit of foresight, which has helped her so far to distinguish between those who could afford to [...]

    • This books takes us back to West's world which started in the Sacred Hunt series, and continued in The Sun Sword series. We are taken to revisit on characters history, Jewel Markess. We see how she found her Den and we see, I can only guess, the beginings of the Demon attack on the city mentioned in the Sun Sword series.Again, I really enjoyed West writing style. She only concerned herself with Jewel and the Den, no real large overall threat to the world as we know it, just the safety of her kid [...]

    • This book toyed with my emotions with events that really disgusted me. There were parts that made me angry (and I'm admittedly a bit cranky, now.) Perhaps that's the mark of good writing when you can get your readers to bond with your characters, then pull their emotions out so strongly.I enjoyed most of the characters in The Hidden City, with Rath and Jewel being my favorites. Most of them were developed well. They have decent backstories and they change as a result of the events in the book. T [...]

    • I hate rating the book this low, because I love the Sun Sword series and the Hunter's Oath duology. Plus, there's actual information/characterization of Rath here!But. The entire thing with Jewel and her den? Already done, ad nauseum, in Hunter's Death and the Sun Sword series. Why there needed to be SO MUCH DETAIL on them YET AGAIN I do not know. I waver between liking Jewel in the Sun Sword books and wanting to smack her for being a willful idiot (learn to use your powers! Quit letting them us [...]

    • Are you a fan of Glen Cook's Black Company? If so, this book is likely for you. Ms. Sagara-West's style could be compared to a blend of Fritz Leiber and Joe Abecrombie, but her touch is her own. Plenty of plot summaries abound, but allow me to sing praise for style, plot, world development, and characters that pray on you imagination. As regards our heroine, Jay: “Still, the best augurs are those who divine from the portents of the past. They compile phenomenal records.”― Glen Cook, The Bl [...]

    • I don't usually leave reviews for books, but this book was so pleasing and so frustrating at the same time. The writing was great, the characters were pretty good, the overall theme was good even if it was confusingly executed. Mostly, my biggest complaint was that up until the last page I felt like I had no idea what was happening.

    • Amazing!I read voraciously and can say this is the best yarn I have read in a while! Characteristic as good as Nix and Jordan and Martin. The world building is awesome as well. Can't wait to read The next installment!

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