Thank you so much to Terminal Tours for having me as a part of the City of Spells blog tour and to Feiwel & Friends for making this blog tour happen in the first place! Make sure y’all go check out all of the amazing posts throughout the week because there are definitely going to be some great posts out there! City of Spells comes out today, March 9th, so make sure to go grab it as soon as you can!
City of Spells 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
City of Spells, the follow-up to Alexandra Christo’s gritty YA fantasy, Into the Crooked Place, finds the world on the brink of war and four unlikely allies facing sacrifices they had never imagined.
After the loss of Wesley and the horrifying reveal that Zekia is helping the Kingpin of her own free will, Tavia, Saxony, and Karam flee to Saxony’s home to rebuild their rebellion. Meanwhile, trapped in the Kingpin’s darkness, Wesley must fight against the deadly magic that invades his mind and find a way back to his friends before it’s too late.
As the Kingpin’s dark magic spreads and his army conquers Creije, these four unlikely friends have to decide just how far they’ll go―and how much they are willing to sacrifice―to win.
I really liked Into the Crooked Place, so I was SO excited to read where Alexandra Christo took us with City of Spells! I loved out characters- Tavia was my favorite with Wesley coming in a close second, but I liked Karam and Saxony too and even Zekia grew on me in this book and I actually really appreciated having chapters from her point of view. I felt as though so much happened in this book, but nothing felt rushed or dragged out to me- everything seemed really well paced, which I was a huge fan of. I really love the magic system in this duology. The crafters and the buskers against the normal government who wants to get rid of magic all together was an interesting dichotomy that I enjoyed and I also really liked that in order to get to a common goal (defeating the Kingpin), even former enemies are willing to work together and groups that normally not work together, like all of the crafter kins, ended up banding together. There were some twists in the book that I didn’t see coming at all, but thinking back now, I can 100% see how they came about and the little hints that Alexandra Christo had left for us in both books about them. Overall, this was a really solid book and I highly recommend it and Into the Crooked Place to anyone who’s looking for a new fantasy fix!
About the author
Alexandra Christo decided to write books when she was four and her teacher told her she couldn’t be a fairy. When she’s not busy making up stories, she can be found organizing food crawls over London and binge-watching Korean dramas. Alexandra has a BA in Creative Writing and currently lives in England with an abundance of cacti (because they’re the only plants she can keep alive). She is also the author of To Kill a Kingdom.