The Nameless City

The Nameless City (The Nameless City, #1)The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The City is named over and over, and no conquerors can name it for long. We move on in our journey down the great River of Lives, and behind us we leave the City of a thousand names…the City of no name…The Nameless City.”

Kaidu decides to leave his mother and his home in the Homelands to journey to DanDoa to meet his father and be trained as a soldier. However, Kaidu decides that fighting is not for him. He prefers to read. One day while venturing out in the city on his own, against the rules, he meets Rat, one of the named in the Nameless City. Soon Kaidu is learning about how life really is for the original residents of the Nameless City. Most of them are starving and have given up fighting just so that they may live in peace, a rarity for the City. Meanwhile, Rat uncovers a plot that puts the General of All Blades’ life in danger. Will her and Kaidu be able to stop the assassination in time?

Riveting! Hicks does an excellent job of delivering stellar characters, conveying their emotions through graphics and text. Not only a great story about “power and history,” but also about two people moving past their differences to work together and form a lasting friendship. I am looking forward to reading book 2, The Stone Heart.

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