City of Last Chances

- Adrian Tchaikovsky


There has always been a darkness to Ilmar, but never more so than now. The city chafes under the heavy hand of the Palleseen occupation, the choke-hold of its criminal underworld, the boot of its factory owners, the weight of its wretched poor and the burden of its ancient curse.

What will be the spark that lights the conflagration?

Despite the city’s refugees, wanderers, murderers, madmen, fanatics and thieves, the catalyst, as always, will be the Anchorwood – that dark grove of trees, that primeval remnant, that portal, when the moon is full, to strange and distant shores.

Ilmar, some say, is the worst place in the world and the gateway to a thousand worse places.

Ilmar, City of Long Shadows.
City of Bad Decisions.
City of Last Chances.



* Thanks to NetGalley and Head of Zeus for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided. *

DNF @ 26%
Three days in, I’ve only made it to 26%, and I realised I don’t actually care to find out what happens next.

The way this story is told keeps you frozen as a remote observer. I felt like I was floating above the city, checking in and out with these characters at the whim of the narrator. This narrator seems to make himself more present as the story evolves, and I felt myself being removed more from the story itself.

I am disappointed. I feel like I’ve held Tchaikovsky in such esteem despite never having read any of his work. He’s such a giant in the fantasy realm, and I’ve always looked forward to reading his books. I was so excited to get this eARC and just wish it had been a better fit.


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