Blog Tour | City of Last Chances by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Arthur C. Clarke winner and Sunday Times bestseller Adrian Tchaikovsky’s triumphant return to fantasy with a darkly inventive portrait of a city under occupation and on the verge of revolution.

City of Last Chances by Adrian Tchaikovsky was like anything I’d read previously and, to be completely honest, I felt a little out of my depth at first. This is a book that requires your unadulterated attention. From the beginning, you are thrown into an intricate political and religious ideology. I was constantly going back and forth between the story and the glossary in order to comprehend the many factions of the city and government as we jump between perspectives. However, once I established a foundation of understanding, I was completely submerged in this simply epic fantasy novel.

“Ilmar, some say, is the worst place in the world and the gateway to a thousand worse places.
Ilmar, City of Long Shadows.
City of Bad Decisions.
City of Last Chances.”

The city of Ilmar is home to a plethora of lost souls; wanderers, thieves, refugees, scholars and factory workers all of which cower under the rule of a seedy criminal underworld and Palleseen Occupation, a brutal regime imposed by a merciless government that demands order and ‘perfection’. The city is on the brink of rebellion and with each character we are introduced to a new spark ignites.

Tchaikovsky creates an immersive world containing so many oddities and details that I simply can’t do them justice within this review. The City of Last Chances features a corrupt system of enslaved demons, portals into other worlds fiercely guarded by ferocious monsters, forbidden magical artifacts and disgruntled forgotten God’s and their disillusioned priests. It was a wonderful, immersive and, at times, slightly confusing read.

City of Last Chances by Adrian Tchaikovsky will be released 8th December 2022 and is available to pre-order HERE.