#BookReview: THE CITY OF DUSK by Tara Sim @hodderscape

Publication: 22nd March 2022 – Hodder & Stoughton

The realms are dying, and only the heirs can save the city  but at what cost.

The Four Realms – Life, Death, Light, and Darkness – all converge on the city of dusk. For each realm there is a god, and for each god there is an heir.

But the gods have withdrawn their favour from the once vibrant and thriving city. And without it, all the realms are dying.

Unwilling to stand by and watch the destruction, the four heirs-Risha, a necromancer struggling to keep the peace; Angelica, an elementalist with her eyes set on the throne; Taesia, a shadow-wielding rogue with rebellion in her heart; and Nik, a soldier who struggles to see the light- will sacrifice everything to save the city.

But their defiance will cost them dearly.



The City of Dusk is the first gripping book in a fantasy trilogy by Tara Sim. I liked the characters that I found intriguing and relatable and the plot is very well-written and addictive.

In the City of Dusk there are four powerful families. For each family there is a god and an heir, one of which will take the throne. The four heirs, Taesia, Risha, Nikolas, and Angelica, have formed some sort of alliance to restore the balance to the realms and prevent them from dying, even if the cost might be too high.

I am not going to lie, the book is long and the pace sometimes is too slow, but I really enjoyed reading The City of Dusk. The world-building is incredible and complex: magic, vengeful gods, realms, the Sealing, four families in competition for the crown… I was hooked!

There are many characters in this book and, at the beginning, I may have mixed up a few, but they are really interesting and well-developed. The story is told from the perspectives of the heirs and they are very different characters. Some are ambitious, some are looking for revenge, others want to do what’s right, and others want just to keep their loved ones safe. However, when it’s clear that their world is dying and they could be the only ones to be able to save it, they team up, no matter the cost.

The City of Dusk is a story I highly recommend. There is magic, political intrigue, rebellion and revenge and I can’t wait to see what the author has planned for the next book!

A huge thank you to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for providing me with a proof of the novel.

Tara Sim is the author of The City of Dusk, the Scavenge the Stars duology, and the Timekeeper trilogy who can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not chasing cats or lurking in bookstores, she writes books about magic, murder, and mayhem. Follow her on Twitter at @EachStarAWorld, and check out her website for fun extras at tarasim.com.

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