A generation ago the city of Voortyashtan was the stronghold of the god of war and death, the birthplace of fearsome supernatural sentinels who killed and subjugated millions. But that was then. Now the god is dead and the city lies in ruins, a wasteland of sectarian violence and bloody uprisings.
So it makes perfect sense for General TuryinMulaghesh, foul-mouthed hero of the battle of Bulikov, rumoured war criminal, ally of embattled Prime Minister SharaKomayd, to be exiled here – but she’s not just eking out her days in this hellhole till retirement. She’s on one final mission, to find a Saypuri secret agent who’s gone AWOL.
The trouble is, that this old soldier isn’t sure she’s still got what it takes to be the hero . . .
About Robert Jackson Bennett:
Robert Jackson Bennett is a two-time award winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, an Edgar Award winner for Best Paperback Original, and is also the 2010 recipient of the Sydney J Bounds Award for Best Newcomer, and a Philip K Dick Award Citation of Excellence. City of Stairs was shortlisted for the Locus Award and the World Fantasy Award. His sixth novel, City of Blades, is in stores now. He lives in Austin with his wife and sons. He can be found on Twitter at @robertjbennett.