September 8, 2014

Some CITY OF STAIRS reviews!

CITY_OF_STAIRS coverI haven’t updated the City of Stairs page with these reviews yet, because I’ll shortly be moving to a new website. Don’t panic, it’ll be tons of fun with lots of new toys, but for now, just keep that in mind.

Anyways! Some reviews:

That’s What She Read: “Robert Bennett Jackson may be new to the fantasy genre, but one would never know it. His secondary world is easily recognizable for its similarities to the real world, but it is in his use of magic and gods and the architecture within his secondary world where the story really shines. Not only does he provide readers with an intense, magical whodunit, but he also brilliantly explores the origins of theology and belief systems. Exciting, extremely well-written, and thought-provoking, City of Stairs is a perfect example of high fantasy and in general an amazing novel.”

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SFFWorld: “It isn’t often that I feel intimidated to put together my thoughts into review for a book that was so impressive, but I’ll admit to City of Stairs intimidating me in this fashion. There’s a lot to unpack in the novel and Bennett is such a smart and engaging writer that none of what he packs really bursts the seams; instead, City of Stairs is a smooth novel of near perfection and the best Epic Fantasy novel I’ve read this year. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough. At this point in the year, it will take a great deal for any novel to knock this one off my Top Reads of 2014 list.”

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Ristea’s Reads: “Robert Jackson Bennet has such a brilliant authorial voice. Depth when needed, striking realism and wit otherwise. Excellent humour. A subtle plot that doesn’t feel constructed for the sake of the story, but rather naturally stems from the world and its characters. It’s simply the most fascinating style.”

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Pop Culture-y: “Robert Jackson Bennet crafts rich characters with long back stories, interesting mythological and philosophical issues, and complex ethical problems. The resulting story is a breath of fresh air for the fantasy genre, especially considering it isn’t the usual “Western European knights in shining armour and dragons” affair.”

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My Bookish Ways: “Bennett covers some pretty weighty issues in City of Stairs: class division, discrimination, politics, the nature of faith, and oppression. However, he’s managed to wrap up all that heavy stuff in a wondrous mystery/adventure that’s, frankly, one of the best things I’ve ever read. Shara and Sigrud are a dynamic duo, and it’s nice to see a partnership between a man and a woman that doesn’t end up between the sheets. They’re true friends, and it’s a friendship based on hard earned trust and hardship. Sigrid had some of the very, very best scenes, and Bennett’s ability to make me laugh in the midst of a bloodbath is just one of the many things that I adore about this complex, riveting, and just plain fantastic book.”

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Drunken Dragon Reviews: “City of Stairs was one of the most fun epic fantasies I’ve read in recent months. With incredible depth, absorbing characters and an intriguing story that leaves you so hooked the book flows by and you just can’t help reading more and more, it’s definitely going to be one of the best new fantasy releases of the year. Very recommended.”