City of Lies

City of Lies

I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me... Outwardly, Jovan is the lifelong friend of the Chancellor?s charming, irresponsible Heir. Quiet. Forgettable. In secret, he's a master of poisons and chemicals, trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from treachery. When the Chancellor succumbs to an unknown poison and an army lays siege to the city, Jovan an I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me... Outwardly, Jovan is the lifelong friend of the C...

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Title:City of Lies
Author:Sam Hawke
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:B0756JMSYF
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:560 pages pages

City of Lies Reviews

  • Kitvaria Sarene
    Jul 27, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

    As the kids say, I have all the feels. Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    City of Lies was an incredible piece of storytelling and by far one of my favourite early reads of the year so far. Considering it?s not a short novel I banged through it in record time- pretty much three binge reading sessions where I immersed myself into the the city of Silasta, w...

    City of Lies turned out to be an OK first entry into Sam Hawke's Poison Wars series. This fantasy had a nice mix of murder mystery and political intrigue. It was not super fast paced or full of action but it did have some moments like that and the other elements of the story were inter...

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0... City of Lies is an excellent debut and start to the Poison Wars series. The story follows a brother and sister, Jovan and Kalina, as their world turns upside down by the assassinations of the uncle and the Chance...

    City of Lies is palatably poisonous! There?s no antidote that will counter the effects of being fully enraptured by this book! I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books, in e-book format for an honest and unbiased review. I would like to exten...

    First off, I want to thank the publisher and author for an eARC of ?City of Lies? in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC in no way influences my thoughts or opinions on the novel. I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me? With a hook like tha...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/09/20/... City of Lies might not have completely won over my heart, but I will however give it the award for the most intriguing opening line I?ve read all year. ?I was seven years old the first time my uncle poi...

    This was really good, especially for a debut author! It is an interesting plot that felt fresh to me. So far I hadn't read about a food taster (or proofer as they are called in this one) often, and I liked the different viewpoint to the usual warrior or soldier or such. Combining t...

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Sep 05, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

    As the kids say, I have all the feels. Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    City of Lies was an incredible piece of storytelling and by far one of my favourite early reads of the year so far. Considering it?s not a short novel I banged through it in record time- pretty much three binge reading sessions where I immersed myself into the the city of Silasta, w...

    City of Lies turned out to be an OK first entry into Sam Hawke's Poison Wars series. This fantasy had a nice mix of murder mystery and political intrigue. It was not super fast paced or full of action but it did have some moments like that and the other elements of the story were inter...

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0... City of Lies is an excellent debut and start to the Poison Wars series. The story follows a brother and sister, Jovan and Kalina, as their world turns upside down by the assassinations of the uncle and the Chance...

    City of Lies is palatably poisonous! There?s no antidote that will counter the effects of being fully enraptured by this book! I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books, in e-book format for an honest and unbiased review. I would like to exten...

    First off, I want to thank the publisher and author for an eARC of ?City of Lies? in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC in no way influences my thoughts or opinions on the novel. I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me? With a hook like tha...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/09/20/... City of Lies might not have completely won over my heart, but I will however give it the award for the most intriguing opening line I?ve read all year. ?I was seven years old the first time my uncle poi...

  • Sharade
    Jun 14, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

    As the kids say, I have all the feels. Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

  • Judy Lesley
    May 14, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

    As the kids say, I have all the feels. Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    City of Lies was an incredible piece of storytelling and by far one of my favourite early reads of the year so far. Considering it?s not a short novel I banged through it in record time- pretty much three binge reading sessions where I immersed myself into the the city of Silasta, w...

    City of Lies turned out to be an OK first entry into Sam Hawke's Poison Wars series. This fantasy had a nice mix of murder mystery and political intrigue. It was not super fast paced or full of action but it did have some moments like that and the other elements of the story were inter...

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0... City of Lies is an excellent debut and start to the Poison Wars series. The story follows a brother and sister, Jovan and Kalina, as their world turns upside down by the assassinations of the uncle and the Chance...

    City of Lies is palatably poisonous! There?s no antidote that will counter the effects of being fully enraptured by this book! I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books, in e-book format for an honest and unbiased review. I would like to exten...

    First off, I want to thank the publisher and author for an eARC of ?City of Lies? in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC in no way influences my thoughts or opinions on the novel. I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me? With a hook like tha...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/09/20/... City of Lies might not have completely won over my heart, but I will however give it the award for the most intriguing opening line I?ve read all year. ?I was seven years old the first time my uncle poi...

    This was really good, especially for a debut author! It is an interesting plot that felt fresh to me. So far I hadn't read about a food taster (or proofer as they are called in this one) often, and I liked the different viewpoint to the usual warrior or soldier or such. Combining t...

    DNF?d At 53%. I?ve been really struggling to get into this. For me it?s moving very slow and nothing is riveting me or making it so I want to continue reading it. I may pick it back up in the future but for now I?m done ...

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. City of Lies is one of those books that starts off slow and you're not quite sure how you feel about it. The next thing you know, you're finishing the book at 2AM. It's an interesting take on the epic fa...

    This book was nothing short of amazing. The story of Jovan and Kalina, friends of the chancellor, Tain, as their city goes through intrigue and betrayal. Sam Hawke writes a brilliant story with characters who are so well developed and interesting that I did not want to put this book do...

    AH, it's done, and what a fine romp it was. It's going to be a difficult book to talk about, seeing as there's so much potential for spoilers, but I'll give it a go. First off, this book is a fantasy mystery/suspense novel, and a damn good one. The multitude of twists and turns in t...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Who said big and chunky epic fantasy novels weren?t appetizing? Debut author Sam Hawke rushes to the table to prove their worth by serving us a delicious tale stuffed with poison, political treachery and ancient spirits. This dis...

    Oh my GOD I loved this book. I'm too lazy to write a proper review right now, but here's things this book had that I loved: - NICE CHARACTERS. Everyone wants to solve everything they can as diplomatically as possible. There's an army laying siege outside our gates -> "Let's figur...

    I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Fuck. Yes. One of my favorite reads of 2018 thus far. I?m so bubbled over with excitement that I don?t even know where to begin with this review. I guess with honesty. For about 75% of ...

    I was given an ARC by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love love this book! It's paced perfectly so you don't have to wait ages for the action to start. Kalina and Jovan are awesome characters! Jovan is an expert when it comes to poisons and he's a pro...

    3.5 stars. A promising start to a series, with forgotten gods, warring classes, and poison kicking off the action in this story. Kalina and Jovan are part of the ruling class of families, though people most do not know that this family has a critical and secret role in the kingdom. J...

    Note: I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This fantastic debut will certainly find it?s place among well-loved fantasy series. It mixes fantasy with mystery and intrigue seamlessly. It was a book that had me guessing right to the end,...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for a digital galley of this novel. The greatest misunderstanding on the part of the citizenry living within the walls of Silasta is that those living without are happy with their lot in life. Nothing could be further from the truth as i...

  • Cass
    Apr 11, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    Nov 07, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

  • Nick T. Borrelli
    May 29, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

  • Paul
    Jun 23, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

  • Lauren Stoolfire
    Jul 06, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

  • David Zampa
    Aug 15, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

    As the kids say, I have all the feels. Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    City of Lies was an incredible piece of storytelling and by far one of my favourite early reads of the year so far. Considering it?s not a short novel I banged through it in record time- pretty much three binge reading sessions where I immersed myself into the the city of Silasta, w...

    City of Lies turned out to be an OK first entry into Sam Hawke's Poison Wars series. This fantasy had a nice mix of murder mystery and political intrigue. It was not super fast paced or full of action but it did have some moments like that and the other elements of the story were inter...

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0... City of Lies is an excellent debut and start to the Poison Wars series. The story follows a brother and sister, Jovan and Kalina, as their world turns upside down by the assassinations of the uncle and the Chance...

    City of Lies is palatably poisonous! There?s no antidote that will counter the effects of being fully enraptured by this book! I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books, in e-book format for an honest and unbiased review. I would like to exten...

    First off, I want to thank the publisher and author for an eARC of ?City of Lies? in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC in no way influences my thoughts or opinions on the novel. I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me? With a hook like tha...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/09/20/... City of Lies might not have completely won over my heart, but I will however give it the award for the most intriguing opening line I?ve read all year. ?I was seven years old the first time my uncle poi...

    This was really good, especially for a debut author! It is an interesting plot that felt fresh to me. So far I hadn't read about a food taster (or proofer as they are called in this one) often, and I liked the different viewpoint to the usual warrior or soldier or such. Combining t...

    DNF?d At 53%. I?ve been really struggling to get into this. For me it?s moving very slow and nothing is riveting me or making it so I want to continue reading it. I may pick it back up in the future but for now I?m done ...

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. City of Lies is one of those books that starts off slow and you're not quite sure how you feel about it. The next thing you know, you're finishing the book at 2AM. It's an interesting take on the epic fa...

    This book was nothing short of amazing. The story of Jovan and Kalina, friends of the chancellor, Tain, as their city goes through intrigue and betrayal. Sam Hawke writes a brilliant story with characters who are so well developed and interesting that I did not want to put this book do...

    AH, it's done, and what a fine romp it was. It's going to be a difficult book to talk about, seeing as there's so much potential for spoilers, but I'll give it a go. First off, this book is a fantasy mystery/suspense novel, and a damn good one. The multitude of twists and turns in t...

  • Gavin
    Oct 11, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

    As the kids say, I have all the feels. Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    City of Lies was an incredible piece of storytelling and by far one of my favourite early reads of the year so far. Considering it?s not a short novel I banged through it in record time- pretty much three binge reading sessions where I immersed myself into the the city of Silasta, w...

    City of Lies turned out to be an OK first entry into Sam Hawke's Poison Wars series. This fantasy had a nice mix of murder mystery and political intrigue. It was not super fast paced or full of action but it did have some moments like that and the other elements of the story were inter...

  • Lisa
    Sep 10, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

    As the kids say, I have all the feels. Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    City of Lies was an incredible piece of storytelling and by far one of my favourite early reads of the year so far. Considering it?s not a short novel I banged through it in record time- pretty much three binge reading sessions where I immersed myself into the the city of Silasta, w...

    City of Lies turned out to be an OK first entry into Sam Hawke's Poison Wars series. This fantasy had a nice mix of murder mystery and political intrigue. It was not super fast paced or full of action but it did have some moments like that and the other elements of the story were inter...

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0... City of Lies is an excellent debut and start to the Poison Wars series. The story follows a brother and sister, Jovan and Kalina, as their world turns upside down by the assassinations of the uncle and the Chance...

  •  Charlie - A Reading Machine
    Jul 10, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

  • Lata
    Oct 05, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

    As the kids say, I have all the feels. Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    City of Lies was an incredible piece of storytelling and by far one of my favourite early reads of the year so far. Considering it?s not a short novel I banged through it in record time- pretty much three binge reading sessions where I immersed myself into the the city of Silasta, w...

    City of Lies turned out to be an OK first entry into Sam Hawke's Poison Wars series. This fantasy had a nice mix of murder mystery and political intrigue. It was not super fast paced or full of action but it did have some moments like that and the other elements of the story were inter...

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0... City of Lies is an excellent debut and start to the Poison Wars series. The story follows a brother and sister, Jovan and Kalina, as their world turns upside down by the assassinations of the uncle and the Chance...

    City of Lies is palatably poisonous! There?s no antidote that will counter the effects of being fully enraptured by this book! I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books, in e-book format for an honest and unbiased review. I would like to exten...

    First off, I want to thank the publisher and author for an eARC of ?City of Lies? in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC in no way influences my thoughts or opinions on the novel. I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me? With a hook like tha...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/09/20/... City of Lies might not have completely won over my heart, but I will however give it the award for the most intriguing opening line I?ve read all year. ?I was seven years old the first time my uncle poi...

    This was really good, especially for a debut author! It is an interesting plot that felt fresh to me. So far I hadn't read about a food taster (or proofer as they are called in this one) often, and I liked the different viewpoint to the usual warrior or soldier or such. Combining t...

    DNF?d At 53%. I?ve been really struggling to get into this. For me it?s moving very slow and nothing is riveting me or making it so I want to continue reading it. I may pick it back up in the future but for now I?m done ...

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. City of Lies is one of those books that starts off slow and you're not quite sure how you feel about it. The next thing you know, you're finishing the book at 2AM. It's an interesting take on the epic fa...

    This book was nothing short of amazing. The story of Jovan and Kalina, friends of the chancellor, Tain, as their city goes through intrigue and betrayal. Sam Hawke writes a brilliant story with characters who are so well developed and interesting that I did not want to put this book do...

    AH, it's done, and what a fine romp it was. It's going to be a difficult book to talk about, seeing as there's so much potential for spoilers, but I'll give it a go. First off, this book is a fantasy mystery/suspense novel, and a damn good one. The multitude of twists and turns in t...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Who said big and chunky epic fantasy novels weren?t appetizing? Debut author Sam Hawke rushes to the table to prove their worth by serving us a delicious tale stuffed with poison, political treachery and ancient spirits. This dis...

    Oh my GOD I loved this book. I'm too lazy to write a proper review right now, but here's things this book had that I loved: - NICE CHARACTERS. Everyone wants to solve everything they can as diplomatically as possible. There's an army laying siege outside our gates -> "Let's figur...

    I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Fuck. Yes. One of my favorite reads of 2018 thus far. I?m so bubbled over with excitement that I don?t even know where to begin with this review. I guess with honesty. For about 75% of ...

    I was given an ARC by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love love this book! It's paced perfectly so you don't have to wait ages for the action to start. Kalina and Jovan are awesome characters! Jovan is an expert when it comes to poisons and he's a pro...

    3.5 stars. A promising start to a series, with forgotten gods, warring classes, and poison kicking off the action in this story. Kalina and Jovan are part of the ruling class of families, though people most do not know that this family has a critical and secret role in the kingdom. J...

  • Liz Barnsley
    Jul 01, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

    As the kids say, I have all the feels. Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    City of Lies was an incredible piece of storytelling and by far one of my favourite early reads of the year so far. Considering it?s not a short novel I banged through it in record time- pretty much three binge reading sessions where I immersed myself into the the city of Silasta, w...

  • Robin Hobb
    Aug 24, 2017

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

  • Jenia
    Jul 10, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

    As the kids say, I have all the feels. Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    City of Lies was an incredible piece of storytelling and by far one of my favourite early reads of the year so far. Considering it?s not a short novel I banged through it in record time- pretty much three binge reading sessions where I immersed myself into the the city of Silasta, w...

    City of Lies turned out to be an OK first entry into Sam Hawke's Poison Wars series. This fantasy had a nice mix of murder mystery and political intrigue. It was not super fast paced or full of action but it did have some moments like that and the other elements of the story were inter...

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0... City of Lies is an excellent debut and start to the Poison Wars series. The story follows a brother and sister, Jovan and Kalina, as their world turns upside down by the assassinations of the uncle and the Chance...

    City of Lies is palatably poisonous! There?s no antidote that will counter the effects of being fully enraptured by this book! I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books, in e-book format for an honest and unbiased review. I would like to exten...

    First off, I want to thank the publisher and author for an eARC of ?City of Lies? in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC in no way influences my thoughts or opinions on the novel. I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me? With a hook like tha...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/09/20/... City of Lies might not have completely won over my heart, but I will however give it the award for the most intriguing opening line I?ve read all year. ?I was seven years old the first time my uncle poi...

    This was really good, especially for a debut author! It is an interesting plot that felt fresh to me. So far I hadn't read about a food taster (or proofer as they are called in this one) often, and I liked the different viewpoint to the usual warrior or soldier or such. Combining t...

    DNF?d At 53%. I?ve been really struggling to get into this. For me it?s moving very slow and nothing is riveting me or making it so I want to continue reading it. I may pick it back up in the future but for now I?m done ...

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. City of Lies is one of those books that starts off slow and you're not quite sure how you feel about it. The next thing you know, you're finishing the book at 2AM. It's an interesting take on the epic fa...

    This book was nothing short of amazing. The story of Jovan and Kalina, friends of the chancellor, Tain, as their city goes through intrigue and betrayal. Sam Hawke writes a brilliant story with characters who are so well developed and interesting that I did not want to put this book do...

    AH, it's done, and what a fine romp it was. It's going to be a difficult book to talk about, seeing as there's so much potential for spoilers, but I'll give it a go. First off, this book is a fantasy mystery/suspense novel, and a damn good one. The multitude of twists and turns in t...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Who said big and chunky epic fantasy novels weren?t appetizing? Debut author Sam Hawke rushes to the table to prove their worth by serving us a delicious tale stuffed with poison, political treachery and ancient spirits. This dis...

    Oh my GOD I loved this book. I'm too lazy to write a proper review right now, but here's things this book had that I loved: - NICE CHARACTERS. Everyone wants to solve everything they can as diplomatically as possible. There's an army laying siege outside our gates -> "Let's figur...

  • Kaitlin
    Oct 22, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

  • Cupcakes & Machetes
    Jul 05, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

    As the kids say, I have all the feels. Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    City of Lies was an incredible piece of storytelling and by far one of my favourite early reads of the year so far. Considering it?s not a short novel I banged through it in record time- pretty much three binge reading sessions where I immersed myself into the the city of Silasta, w...

    City of Lies turned out to be an OK first entry into Sam Hawke's Poison Wars series. This fantasy had a nice mix of murder mystery and political intrigue. It was not super fast paced or full of action but it did have some moments like that and the other elements of the story were inter...

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0... City of Lies is an excellent debut and start to the Poison Wars series. The story follows a brother and sister, Jovan and Kalina, as their world turns upside down by the assassinations of the uncle and the Chance...

    City of Lies is palatably poisonous! There?s no antidote that will counter the effects of being fully enraptured by this book! I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books, in e-book format for an honest and unbiased review. I would like to exten...

    First off, I want to thank the publisher and author for an eARC of ?City of Lies? in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC in no way influences my thoughts or opinions on the novel. I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me? With a hook like tha...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/09/20/... City of Lies might not have completely won over my heart, but I will however give it the award for the most intriguing opening line I?ve read all year. ?I was seven years old the first time my uncle poi...

    This was really good, especially for a debut author! It is an interesting plot that felt fresh to me. So far I hadn't read about a food taster (or proofer as they are called in this one) often, and I liked the different viewpoint to the usual warrior or soldier or such. Combining t...

    DNF?d At 53%. I?ve been really struggling to get into this. For me it?s moving very slow and nothing is riveting me or making it so I want to continue reading it. I may pick it back up in the future but for now I?m done ...

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. City of Lies is one of those books that starts off slow and you're not quite sure how you feel about it. The next thing you know, you're finishing the book at 2AM. It's an interesting take on the epic fa...

    This book was nothing short of amazing. The story of Jovan and Kalina, friends of the chancellor, Tain, as their city goes through intrigue and betrayal. Sam Hawke writes a brilliant story with characters who are so well developed and interesting that I did not want to put this book do...

    AH, it's done, and what a fine romp it was. It's going to be a difficult book to talk about, seeing as there's so much potential for spoilers, but I'll give it a go. First off, this book is a fantasy mystery/suspense novel, and a damn good one. The multitude of twists and turns in t...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Who said big and chunky epic fantasy novels weren?t appetizing? Debut author Sam Hawke rushes to the table to prove their worth by serving us a delicious tale stuffed with poison, political treachery and ancient spirits. This dis...

    Oh my GOD I loved this book. I'm too lazy to write a proper review right now, but here's things this book had that I loved: - NICE CHARACTERS. Everyone wants to solve everything they can as diplomatically as possible. There's an army laying siege outside our gates -> "Let's figur...

    I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Fuck. Yes. One of my favorite reads of 2018 thus far. I?m so bubbled over with excitement that I don?t even know where to begin with this review. I guess with honesty. For about 75% of ...

  • Katie
    Jul 19, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

    As the kids say, I have all the feels. Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    City of Lies was an incredible piece of storytelling and by far one of my favourite early reads of the year so far. Considering it?s not a short novel I banged through it in record time- pretty much three binge reading sessions where I immersed myself into the the city of Silasta, w...

    City of Lies turned out to be an OK first entry into Sam Hawke's Poison Wars series. This fantasy had a nice mix of murder mystery and political intrigue. It was not super fast paced or full of action but it did have some moments like that and the other elements of the story were inter...

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0... City of Lies is an excellent debut and start to the Poison Wars series. The story follows a brother and sister, Jovan and Kalina, as their world turns upside down by the assassinations of the uncle and the Chance...

    City of Lies is palatably poisonous! There?s no antidote that will counter the effects of being fully enraptured by this book! I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books, in e-book format for an honest and unbiased review. I would like to exten...

    First off, I want to thank the publisher and author for an eARC of ?City of Lies? in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC in no way influences my thoughts or opinions on the novel. I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me? With a hook like tha...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/09/20/... City of Lies might not have completely won over my heart, but I will however give it the award for the most intriguing opening line I?ve read all year. ?I was seven years old the first time my uncle poi...

    This was really good, especially for a debut author! It is an interesting plot that felt fresh to me. So far I hadn't read about a food taster (or proofer as they are called in this one) often, and I liked the different viewpoint to the usual warrior or soldier or such. Combining t...

    DNF?d At 53%. I?ve been really struggling to get into this. For me it?s moving very slow and nothing is riveting me or making it so I want to continue reading it. I may pick it back up in the future but for now I?m done ...

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. City of Lies is one of those books that starts off slow and you're not quite sure how you feel about it. The next thing you know, you're finishing the book at 2AM. It's an interesting take on the epic fa...

  • Emma
    Jun 26, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

  • FanFiAddict
    Jul 19, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

    As the kids say, I have all the feels. Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    City of Lies was an incredible piece of storytelling and by far one of my favourite early reads of the year so far. Considering it?s not a short novel I banged through it in record time- pretty much three binge reading sessions where I immersed myself into the the city of Silasta, w...

    City of Lies turned out to be an OK first entry into Sam Hawke's Poison Wars series. This fantasy had a nice mix of murder mystery and political intrigue. It was not super fast paced or full of action but it did have some moments like that and the other elements of the story were inter...

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0... City of Lies is an excellent debut and start to the Poison Wars series. The story follows a brother and sister, Jovan and Kalina, as their world turns upside down by the assassinations of the uncle and the Chance...

    City of Lies is palatably poisonous! There?s no antidote that will counter the effects of being fully enraptured by this book! I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books, in e-book format for an honest and unbiased review. I would like to exten...

    First off, I want to thank the publisher and author for an eARC of ?City of Lies? in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC in no way influences my thoughts or opinions on the novel. I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me? With a hook like tha...

  • Ian Segal
    May 17, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

    As the kids say, I have all the feels. Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    City of Lies was an incredible piece of storytelling and by far one of my favourite early reads of the year so far. Considering it?s not a short novel I banged through it in record time- pretty much three binge reading sessions where I immersed myself into the the city of Silasta, w...

    City of Lies turned out to be an OK first entry into Sam Hawke's Poison Wars series. This fantasy had a nice mix of murder mystery and political intrigue. It was not super fast paced or full of action but it did have some moments like that and the other elements of the story were inter...

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0... City of Lies is an excellent debut and start to the Poison Wars series. The story follows a brother and sister, Jovan and Kalina, as their world turns upside down by the assassinations of the uncle and the Chance...

    City of Lies is palatably poisonous! There?s no antidote that will counter the effects of being fully enraptured by this book! I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books, in e-book format for an honest and unbiased review. I would like to exten...

  • Samantha
    Jul 29, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

    As the kids say, I have all the feels. Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    City of Lies was an incredible piece of storytelling and by far one of my favourite early reads of the year so far. Considering it?s not a short novel I banged through it in record time- pretty much three binge reading sessions where I immersed myself into the the city of Silasta, w...

    City of Lies turned out to be an OK first entry into Sam Hawke's Poison Wars series. This fantasy had a nice mix of murder mystery and political intrigue. It was not super fast paced or full of action but it did have some moments like that and the other elements of the story were inter...

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0... City of Lies is an excellent debut and start to the Poison Wars series. The story follows a brother and sister, Jovan and Kalina, as their world turns upside down by the assassinations of the uncle and the Chance...

    City of Lies is palatably poisonous! There?s no antidote that will counter the effects of being fully enraptured by this book! I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books, in e-book format for an honest and unbiased review. I would like to exten...

    First off, I want to thank the publisher and author for an eARC of ?City of Lies? in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC in no way influences my thoughts or opinions on the novel. I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me? With a hook like tha...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/09/20/... City of Lies might not have completely won over my heart, but I will however give it the award for the most intriguing opening line I?ve read all year. ?I was seven years old the first time my uncle poi...

    This was really good, especially for a debut author! It is an interesting plot that felt fresh to me. So far I hadn't read about a food taster (or proofer as they are called in this one) often, and I liked the different viewpoint to the usual warrior or soldier or such. Combining t...

    DNF?d At 53%. I?ve been really struggling to get into this. For me it?s moving very slow and nothing is riveting me or making it so I want to continue reading it. I may pick it back up in the future but for now I?m done ...

  • Paromjit
    Aug 16, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    Jul 03, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

    As the kids say, I have all the feels. Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    City of Lies was an incredible piece of storytelling and by far one of my favourite early reads of the year so far. Considering it?s not a short novel I banged through it in record time- pretty much three binge reading sessions where I immersed myself into the the city of Silasta, w...

    City of Lies turned out to be an OK first entry into Sam Hawke's Poison Wars series. This fantasy had a nice mix of murder mystery and political intrigue. It was not super fast paced or full of action but it did have some moments like that and the other elements of the story were inter...

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0... City of Lies is an excellent debut and start to the Poison Wars series. The story follows a brother and sister, Jovan and Kalina, as their world turns upside down by the assassinations of the uncle and the Chance...

    City of Lies is palatably poisonous! There?s no antidote that will counter the effects of being fully enraptured by this book! I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books, in e-book format for an honest and unbiased review. I would like to exten...

    First off, I want to thank the publisher and author for an eARC of ?City of Lies? in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC in no way influences my thoughts or opinions on the novel. I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me? With a hook like tha...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/09/20/... City of Lies might not have completely won over my heart, but I will however give it the award for the most intriguing opening line I?ve read all year. ?I was seven years old the first time my uncle poi...

    This was really good, especially for a debut author! It is an interesting plot that felt fresh to me. So far I hadn't read about a food taster (or proofer as they are called in this one) often, and I liked the different viewpoint to the usual warrior or soldier or such. Combining t...

    DNF?d At 53%. I?ve been really struggling to get into this. For me it?s moving very slow and nothing is riveting me or making it so I want to continue reading it. I may pick it back up in the future but for now I?m done ...

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. City of Lies is one of those books that starts off slow and you're not quite sure how you feel about it. The next thing you know, you're finishing the book at 2AM. It's an interesting take on the epic fa...

    This book was nothing short of amazing. The story of Jovan and Kalina, friends of the chancellor, Tain, as their city goes through intrigue and betrayal. Sam Hawke writes a brilliant story with characters who are so well developed and interesting that I did not want to put this book do...

    AH, it's done, and what a fine romp it was. It's going to be a difficult book to talk about, seeing as there's so much potential for spoilers, but I'll give it a go. First off, this book is a fantasy mystery/suspense novel, and a damn good one. The multitude of twists and turns in t...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Who said big and chunky epic fantasy novels weren?t appetizing? Debut author Sam Hawke rushes to the table to prove their worth by serving us a delicious tale stuffed with poison, political treachery and ancient spirits. This dis...

  • Apsalar
    Jul 18, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

    As the kids say, I have all the feels. Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    City of Lies was an incredible piece of storytelling and by far one of my favourite early reads of the year so far. Considering it?s not a short novel I banged through it in record time- pretty much three binge reading sessions where I immersed myself into the the city of Silasta, w...

    City of Lies turned out to be an OK first entry into Sam Hawke's Poison Wars series. This fantasy had a nice mix of murder mystery and political intrigue. It was not super fast paced or full of action but it did have some moments like that and the other elements of the story were inter...

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0... City of Lies is an excellent debut and start to the Poison Wars series. The story follows a brother and sister, Jovan and Kalina, as their world turns upside down by the assassinations of the uncle and the Chance...

    City of Lies is palatably poisonous! There?s no antidote that will counter the effects of being fully enraptured by this book! I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books, in e-book format for an honest and unbiased review. I would like to exten...

    First off, I want to thank the publisher and author for an eARC of ?City of Lies? in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC in no way influences my thoughts or opinions on the novel. I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me? With a hook like tha...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/09/20/... City of Lies might not have completely won over my heart, but I will however give it the award for the most intriguing opening line I?ve read all year. ?I was seven years old the first time my uncle poi...

    This was really good, especially for a debut author! It is an interesting plot that felt fresh to me. So far I hadn't read about a food taster (or proofer as they are called in this one) often, and I liked the different viewpoint to the usual warrior or soldier or such. Combining t...

    DNF?d At 53%. I?ve been really struggling to get into this. For me it?s moving very slow and nothing is riveting me or making it so I want to continue reading it. I may pick it back up in the future but for now I?m done ...

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. City of Lies is one of those books that starts off slow and you're not quite sure how you feel about it. The next thing you know, you're finishing the book at 2AM. It's an interesting take on the epic fa...

    This book was nothing short of amazing. The story of Jovan and Kalina, friends of the chancellor, Tain, as their city goes through intrigue and betrayal. Sam Hawke writes a brilliant story with characters who are so well developed and interesting that I did not want to put this book do...

    AH, it's done, and what a fine romp it was. It's going to be a difficult book to talk about, seeing as there's so much potential for spoilers, but I'll give it a go. First off, this book is a fantasy mystery/suspense novel, and a damn good one. The multitude of twists and turns in t...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Who said big and chunky epic fantasy novels weren?t appetizing? Debut author Sam Hawke rushes to the table to prove their worth by serving us a delicious tale stuffed with poison, political treachery and ancient spirits. This dis...

    Oh my GOD I loved this book. I'm too lazy to write a proper review right now, but here's things this book had that I loved: - NICE CHARACTERS. Everyone wants to solve everything they can as diplomatically as possible. There's an army laying siege outside our gates -> "Let's figur...

    I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Fuck. Yes. One of my favorite reads of 2018 thus far. I?m so bubbled over with excitement that I don?t even know where to begin with this review. I guess with honesty. For about 75% of ...

    I was given an ARC by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love love this book! It's paced perfectly so you don't have to wait ages for the action to start. Kalina and Jovan are awesome characters! Jovan is an expert when it comes to poisons and he's a pro...

  • Cheyanne Lepka
    Jun 29, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

    As the kids say, I have all the feels. Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    City of Lies was an incredible piece of storytelling and by far one of my favourite early reads of the year so far. Considering it?s not a short novel I banged through it in record time- pretty much three binge reading sessions where I immersed myself into the the city of Silasta, w...

    City of Lies turned out to be an OK first entry into Sam Hawke's Poison Wars series. This fantasy had a nice mix of murder mystery and political intrigue. It was not super fast paced or full of action but it did have some moments like that and the other elements of the story were inter...

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0... City of Lies is an excellent debut and start to the Poison Wars series. The story follows a brother and sister, Jovan and Kalina, as their world turns upside down by the assassinations of the uncle and the Chance...

    City of Lies is palatably poisonous! There?s no antidote that will counter the effects of being fully enraptured by this book! I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books, in e-book format for an honest and unbiased review. I would like to exten...

    First off, I want to thank the publisher and author for an eARC of ?City of Lies? in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC in no way influences my thoughts or opinions on the novel. I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me? With a hook like tha...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/09/20/... City of Lies might not have completely won over my heart, but I will however give it the award for the most intriguing opening line I?ve read all year. ?I was seven years old the first time my uncle poi...

    This was really good, especially for a debut author! It is an interesting plot that felt fresh to me. So far I hadn't read about a food taster (or proofer as they are called in this one) often, and I liked the different viewpoint to the usual warrior or soldier or such. Combining t...

    DNF?d At 53%. I?ve been really struggling to get into this. For me it?s moving very slow and nothing is riveting me or making it so I want to continue reading it. I may pick it back up in the future but for now I?m done ...

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. City of Lies is one of those books that starts off slow and you're not quite sure how you feel about it. The next thing you know, you're finishing the book at 2AM. It's an interesting take on the epic fa...

    This book was nothing short of amazing. The story of Jovan and Kalina, friends of the chancellor, Tain, as their city goes through intrigue and betrayal. Sam Hawke writes a brilliant story with characters who are so well developed and interesting that I did not want to put this book do...

    AH, it's done, and what a fine romp it was. It's going to be a difficult book to talk about, seeing as there's so much potential for spoilers, but I'll give it a go. First off, this book is a fantasy mystery/suspense novel, and a damn good one. The multitude of twists and turns in t...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Who said big and chunky epic fantasy novels weren?t appetizing? Debut author Sam Hawke rushes to the table to prove their worth by serving us a delicious tale stuffed with poison, political treachery and ancient spirits. This dis...

    Oh my GOD I loved this book. I'm too lazy to write a proper review right now, but here's things this book had that I loved: - NICE CHARACTERS. Everyone wants to solve everything they can as diplomatically as possible. There's an army laying siege outside our gates -> "Let's figur...

    I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Fuck. Yes. One of my favorite reads of 2018 thus far. I?m so bubbled over with excitement that I don?t even know where to begin with this review. I guess with honesty. For about 75% of ...

    I was given an ARC by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I love love this book! It's paced perfectly so you don't have to wait ages for the action to start. Kalina and Jovan are awesome characters! Jovan is an expert when it comes to poisons and he's a pro...

    3.5 stars. A promising start to a series, with forgotten gods, warring classes, and poison kicking off the action in this story. Kalina and Jovan are part of the ruling class of families, though people most do not know that this family has a critical and secret role in the kingdom. J...

    Note: I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This fantastic debut will certainly find it?s place among well-loved fantasy series. It mixes fantasy with mystery and intrigue seamlessly. It was a book that had me guessing right to the end,...

  • Petrik
    Apr 25, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

  • Tam
    Jul 29, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor?in exchange for an honest review. An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery. City of Lies is Sam Hawke?s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipate...

    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent. Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the f...

    Sam Hawke writes an impressively accomplished debut in the first of her Poison Wars series in which she creates and establishes a remarkably complex piece of world building with echoes of the many issues that plague and divide our contemporary society. It begins with a killer first lin...

    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent ...

    Rating: 2.5 stars I had such high expectations for this and was immediately drawn into the world, however, I was disappointed with the execution. I had issues with the pacing, info-dumps and the antagonist's motivations didn't feel strong enough. I think I would have loved this m...

    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ?proofer? for the ruling chancell...

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor?s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor?s family from unknow...

    Honestly, if I had known more about this book when it first came out it would have been one I picked up far faster. I loved the concept of this one from the blurb, and Robin Hobb is one of the people who endorsed it, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I read it to find it was fa...

    Click here for my full review: https://outofthisworldrev.blogspot.co... Let me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies bef...

    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself...

    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series. Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/23/cit.....

    As the kids say, I have all the feels. Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    City of Lies was an incredible piece of storytelling and by far one of my favourite early reads of the year so far. Considering it?s not a short novel I banged through it in record time- pretty much three binge reading sessions where I immersed myself into the the city of Silasta, w...

    City of Lies turned out to be an OK first entry into Sam Hawke's Poison Wars series. This fantasy had a nice mix of murder mystery and political intrigue. It was not super fast paced or full of action but it did have some moments like that and the other elements of the story were inter...

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0... City of Lies is an excellent debut and start to the Poison Wars series. The story follows a brother and sister, Jovan and Kalina, as their world turns upside down by the assassinations of the uncle and the Chance...

    City of Lies is palatably poisonous! There?s no antidote that will counter the effects of being fully enraptured by this book! I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books, in e-book format for an honest and unbiased review. I would like to exten...

    First off, I want to thank the publisher and author for an eARC of ?City of Lies? in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC in no way influences my thoughts or opinions on the novel. I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me? With a hook like tha...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/09/20/... City of Lies might not have completely won over my heart, but I will however give it the award for the most intriguing opening line I?ve read all year. ?I was seven years old the first time my uncle poi...

    This was really good, especially for a debut author! It is an interesting plot that felt fresh to me. So far I hadn't read about a food taster (or proofer as they are called in this one) often, and I liked the different viewpoint to the usual warrior or soldier or such. Combining t...

    DNF?d At 53%. I?ve been really struggling to get into this. For me it?s moving very slow and nothing is riveting me or making it so I want to continue reading it. I may pick it back up in the future but for now I?m done ...

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. City of Lies is one of those books that starts off slow and you're not quite sure how you feel about it. The next thing you know, you're finishing the book at 2AM. It's an interesting take on the epic fa...

    This book was nothing short of amazing. The story of Jovan and Kalina, friends of the chancellor, Tain, as their city goes through intrigue and betrayal. Sam Hawke writes a brilliant story with characters who are so well developed and interesting that I did not want to put this book do...