• The City of Dusk

  • By: Tara Sim
  • Narrated by: Nikki Patel
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This dark epic fantasy follows the heirs of four noble houses—each gifted with a divine power—as they form a tenuous alliance to keep their kingdom from descending into a realm-shattering war.

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But the gods have withdrawn their favor from the once vibrant and thriving city.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. 

©2022 Tara Sim (P)2022 Orbit

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F*cking Fantastic

This is the beginning of a potential masterpiece.

Between the world building and character development I was hooked and wanting more.

Yes it takes time to really get into the thick of the plot but I was far from bored learning and exploring this new world.

The narrator was a great choice. I didn't have to guess at which character was speaking, or which point of view I was taking on between the interactions of the characters.

I am looking forward to the authors next book in the series, in anticipation that it is as great as this one.

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Wasn't bad but..

I genuinely enjoyed the second half of this book, you just have to get through part 1 and half of 2 before it starts to click.

I was easily confused while listening to this book, you get different character points of view out of left field at times and it's hard to follow.

The magic in this universe is very interesting, and I love that shadow magic was a main focus point.
I'll be picking up the second book in the series specially for Tasia, because wow what a character to have in any story.

Definitely recommend if you can get past the confusing parts.

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This took a while to REALLY get started for me

I mean it was interesting and I liked it but I think I'm only mildly interested in what will happen next. But I did like the story.

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Phenomenal fantasy

Holy crap. The City of Dusk was so phenomenal that I’m almost not even mad about that killer cliffhanger. Almost, lol.

Well rounded, complex characters that I fell in love with. Cool worldbuilding & magic system. Excellent narration/performance.

Also FYI, so no one else feels dumb like I did: the thing all the characters reference that shut off their realm from the other realms is called “the Sealing” (with an S), not “the Ceiling” (with a C) like I thought for half the book til I briefly switched over to reading the ebook for a bit while I waited for my headphones to charge, lol. “The Sealing” made way more sense than “The Ceiling” in context once I knew better, but you obviously can’t see the spelling of words when you’re listening to an audiobook so I just thought it was a similar concept to how people talk about “the glass ceiling” and went with it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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YA not Epic Fantasy

This book showed up in my recommendations and the description sounded interesting. I haven’t listened to this author or narrator before, but noticed the author’s previous books were YA. The description of this book lists it as a Epic Fantasy and I thought maybe the author was attempting to write something new, so I gave it a shot.

The first chapter of the book was interesting and different. I thought I may have a winner. But as the second chapter starts and there is more dialogue between characters, it becomes clear this is a YA book. If you are in to these types of books I would suggest giving it a try. As I said, it is different. For me, I began to quickly lose interest and didn’t finish the book.

I thought the narrator was pretty good at portraying the teenage characters in the book, and would consider listening to other book’s narrated by her in the future.

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Confusing

Maybe I am an outlier but I do not like this audio version of the book. I listen to a lot of audiobooks - and everything, from sci-fi to fantasy, bio, meditation. Everything. I have never come across a book that I have had to start over three times because I can't follow the story. I don't know if it is because of the writing or the narrator, but I am guessing the narrator. There is not enough variety in her speaking voice for me to follow who is talking when and there is a clipped way that she ends sentences that simply clears my head? I don't really know if I like or dislike the story itself because I am not retaining it. It is weird.