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City of Iron and Dust by JP Oakes
Narrator: Dan Calley
Published by Tantor Audio on July 20, 2021
Length: 11 hours, 27 minutes
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The Iron City is a prison, a maze, an industrial blight. It is the result of a war that saw the Goblins grind the Fae beneath their collective boot heels. And tonight, it is also a city that churns with life. Tonight, a young fae is trying to make his fortune one drug deal at a time; a goblin prince is searching for a path between his own dreams and others' expectations; his bodyguard is deciding who to kill first; an artist is hunting for her own voice; an old soldier is starting a new revolution; a young rebel is finding fresh ways to fight; and an old woman is dreaming of reclaiming her power over them all. Tonight, all their stories are twisting together, wrapped up around a single bag of Dust--the only drug that can still fuel Fae magic--and its fate and theirs will change the Iron City forever
City of Iron and Dust is a standalone fantasy novel that follows around different individuals in a city on the verge of a revolution. The Goblins have been in power and entrapped many Fae in an Iron City for so long the younger generation doesn’t remember or have any magic. The once nearly immortal Fae now only live, maybe, seventy years. The city is about to combust and the reader gets to follow around many of the characters that have something to do with this revolution.
I haven’t ever read anything from this author before so I was not sure what to expect, but it was really a wild ride. All of the PoVs were interesting and gave different views of the revolution’s beginnings. Dust, an almost narcotic drug, is the only thing that amplifies Fae enough for their magic to work and a great big block of it has just come into the city. Whoever controls the dust will have a powerful weapon that could be used to knock the Fae down forever or overthrow the Goblins and it seems like everyone is looking for where it went.
This was jam packed with intrigue and action. Because it is a revolution, there is a lot of craziness on the streets and none of the characters are safe. There were some fantastic twists along the way I really didn’t see coming and the ending, well it fit the story quite a bit and I was satisfied in it. This was a crazy ride the entire way through and there were characters to love and hate throughout the night of revolution in the City of Iron.
Dan Calley did an absolutely fantastic job. He really made the story come to life. I was drawn into all the characters and their struggles. This is one of those books I think the narration made me enjoy it even more.
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