If you’ve already read Take Back the Skies and The Almost King, you will be familiar with the fantastical Tellus series. However, although each of these books are set in the same place, so there is familiarity to readers, each one has a completely new storyline with new characters to meet and be enchanted by so it’s easy to pick up this book without having read any of the others.
The City Bleeds Gold follows the life of Noah, a talented mask-maker who lives in the city of Erovia with his father, designing and crafting hand-made masks. Noah has been lucky enough to begin a courtship with Princess Crysta, despite many of the Lords disapproval, and has managed to win over the King and is hoping to one day ask for his daughters’ hand in marriage. Noah has forged a good relationship with Crysta, her sister Rosa and the Captain of the guard, Damien. He has earnt their trust and is often asked to accompany them on royal business. However, there is of course more to Noah than meets the eye. Noah has an alter-ego – Daniel. Daniel is strong and brave and spends his time prowling the roof tops of the lower city investigating Diora, an elusive man, who seems to oversee a huge operation around the city conducting unsavoury and illegal business. If only Daniel can get enough evidence to bring him down, the city will finally be rid of him and all the unjust behaviour can be dealt with and eradicated. Noah can’t imagine starting his life with Crysta until he can finish what he has started with Diora, but as it becomes increasingly harder to keep his two worlds separate will he be able to protect himself and the ones he loves from all the deceit and heartache?
Fans of fantasy stories will enjoy this book with all its twists and turns and heart-stopping moments. Lucy Saxon paints a very clear picture so the reader can easily fall into the story, get to know each character and feel empathy for them as they struggle in the tangled web of lies and emotions. The content of the story is more suitable for young teenagers than that of similar series such as the Throne of Glass books, but it’s still just as engaging and emotive for young adult readers to enjoy. The use of imagery is very clever, and the fact that Noah is a mask maker but is masquerading around the city as an "unmasked hero" is very poignant.
If you like books where you are transported to another world to get lost in a fantasy, this book will be right up your street. And fans of the series will be pleased with the latest offering.
Stay tuned for our guest blog from author Lucy Saxon, coming next week!
Thanks to Netgalley and Bloomsbury for the advanced copy of this book