TITLE: CITY OF THE SNAKES
AUTHOR: DARREN SHAN
Details: no. 3 The City Trilogy
The book that brings the stories of the previous two books together and brings the whole saga to a conclusion.
Capac Rami has been ruling the City as The Cardinal for more then 10 years but with gangs growing stronger and enemies plotting against him, his hold on the City is not as strong as it once was. And even being immortal can't change that.
When Rami disappears the City slides to the brink of chaos and those now in charge turn to Al Jeery to find Rami and divert disaster.
Jeery however has spend the last ten years seeking revenge on the man who destroyed everything he loved. A quest that is still ongoing and the only thing Jeery lives for.
When he is bribed into finding The Cardinal he sets off on a path that may well mean death and destrucion for him and the city, unless he succeeds. The mysterious and ancient Incan priests have decided it's time for them to rule again, and they have no scrupples about the costs.
This is an extreemly violent story and it was a bit too much for me at times. However, the main characters all have redeeming qualities, almost despite themselves, and give the story the moments of relief and humanity that it needs.
This is a dark books, but not without it's moments of light and hope.
This is also a very well written book. Much as the violence made the story hard going for me at times, the writing kept on pulling me through the book and turning the pages.