The City is a fascinating place. The characters are relatively intriguing; although the wow factor has more to do with who they are than what they do. Outside of Kaleb and Zevi, I cared very little for the characters in this story. Nothing much happens here, and the action that does take place is either repetitive, only superficially related, or summarized as a past event. The story reads like a profile of characters and place, a brainstorm that could form the basis of an amazing story if some action were added in.
I had a few problems outside the lack of action as well. MINOR PLOT SPOILER Earlier I mentioned that Aya is fighting for power denied her because of her gender; however, further reading proves this only half-true. While Aya does seem to desire power enough to help make The City a better place, her real reason for gaining power is so she doesn't have to "breed" (I hate that word but it's what's used in the book and very appropriate here). As a female daimon, she has no real power; she will be
I would like to reiterate though, that despite my serious problems with this book, the world Marr has created here is pretty intriguing. I just wish more happened in that world. It is possible that Marr is using this book as a mere jumping off point for the rest of the series, but making the first book so slowly paced is a real risk. I am not sure if I will bother picking up the next in the series.
If any of you have read further installments, is it worth it?
***Well, if you read the comments below - two comments published this month actually - you will see that this book has a new title - Untamed City: Carnival of Secrets. So there you have it. A title change, which is too bad since, as I say in the first line of this review, I really do like the original title.