Black City Saint

Black City Saint For than sixteen hundred years Nick Medea has followed and guarded the Gate that keeps the mortal realm and that of Feirie separate seeking in vain absolution for the fatal errors he made when he sl

For than sixteen hundred years, Nick Medea has followed and guarded the Gate that keeps the mortal realm and that of Feirie separate, seeking in vain absolution for the fatal errors he made when he slew the dragon All that while, he has tried and failed to keep the woman he loves from dying over and over Yet in the fifty years since the Night the Dragon Breathed oveFor than sixteen hundred years, Nick Medea has followed and guarded the Gate that keeps the mortal realm and that of Feirie separate, seeking in vain absolution for the fatal errors he made when he slew the dragon All that while, he has tried and failed to keep the woman he loves from dying over and over Yet in the fifty years since the Night the Dragon Breathed over the city of Chicago, the Gate has not only remained fixed, but open to the trespasses of the Wyld, the darkest of the Feiriefolk Not only does that mean an evil resurrected from Nick s own past, but the reincarnation of his lost Cleolinda, a reincarnation destined once to die Nick must turn inward to that which he distrusts the most the Dragon, the beast he slew when he was still only Saint George He must turn to the monster residing in him, now a part of himbut ever seeking escape The gang war brewing between Prohibition bootleggers may be the least of his concerns If Nick cannot prevent an old evil from opening the way between realmsen not only might Chicago face a fate worse than the Great Fire, but so will the rest of the mortal realm.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • ¸ Black City Saint ☆ Richard A. Knaak
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Black City Saint

  1. Richard A Knaak is the bestselling author of Dragonlance novels, the Dragonrealm and Black City Saint series his own creations , six novels for Blizzard Entertainment s Diablo series, and six works in the Warcraft universe He has also written several non series fantasy books.

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  1. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Roaring Twenties Chicago Prohibition gangsters like Al Capone rule the streets Dirty politicians walk the halls of power Flappers fill the dance halls Model Ts roar along city avenues Radios blare out Jazz music Tommie guns bark out street justice And the gate between the mortal realm and Feirie lies hidden by it all, guarded by its sixteen hundred year old guardian.This gatekeeper named Nick Medea is a strange, complicated man On one hand, he lives a simple, s [...]


  2. I ve been meaning to read Richard A Knaak for ages, especially his Dragonrealm books He writes a whole slew of the WarCraft books as well and I ve only heard good things He did not disappoint.From what I know, Black City Saint is a bit outside Knaak s normal wheelhouse, opting for Urban Fantasy instead of Epic Fantasy and he proves he can handle this genre quite deftly.We start out with your typical exorcism where Nick Medea s got to get rid of some paranormal problems from a lady s house I was [...]


  3. Reviewed by Rabid ReadsDNF at 16% CITY SAINT was one of my most anticipated new UFs With a description involving Fae, dragons, and prohibition era Chicago, how could it not be However A lot of you already know that I majored in English, specifically literature, and even specifically, British literature Most of my required reading was wonderful.Most But after Chaucer s TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, my least favorite work was Spenser s THE FAERIE QUEENE It was terribly boring, and oh so very loooooong [...]


  4. Whatever I thought good or not at different times while reading this book, it all came to one thing the moment I finished reading the book and checked whether there was an instalment was followed by my disappointment I want to know what s next for the main character There are so many unresolved issues not a bad thing in this case The antagonist is always two or ten steps ahead of Nick If Harry Dresden s way of solving cases doesn t bother you, then Nick s way of dealing with problems won t eithe [...]


  5. Another corker from Knaak Much different to those of his I have read and re read in the past, but thoroughly enjoyed this urban historical fantasy come paranormal fae tale.A great sense of realism in its historical setting much research has clearly been carried out The cityscape lent itself well to the shadowy demons and shape shifting beasts, the magic and the swords and sorcery There was action throughout, whether spears, spells or tommy guns, and a wide variety of colourful characters to love [...]


  6. Quite fun Lots of 20 s references and historical bits woven into an urban fantasy plot The dragon does feature prominently, which I loved The writing is a bit stilted at times, but by the second half I was used to it and tearing through the pages.


  7. 3.5 Stars 4 Stars IDK, decisions are hard.Review This was a book I had been wanting to read for a while because I love sci fi fantasy that s set in the Prohibition Era, so I was pleasantly surprised when I realized my library had a copy And I m going to keep this review nice and simple by using some lists.Things I Liked I liked the Feirie and Catholicism aspects, both separately and the way they combined although I admit I m not very knowledgeable about Catholicism, so don t worry, you don t nee [...]


  8. THIS REVIEW FIRST APPEARED ON FANTASY FACTIONI received an ARC for a fair review.Prohibition is in full swing The cops are scrambling around, closing down speakeasies and arresting gangsters whenever they can those that aren t on the take that is And in Chicago, Al Capone is about to make his move.To Nick Medea this is all background noise, a fact of life in the roaring 20s He has a much larger role to play, a bigger job to handle He has ghosts to hunt The phone rings, a number that only those w [...]


  9. 3.5 5 Rating Originally posted at MyLifeMyBooksMyEscapeControl the dragon within Disclaimer I was provided with an early copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.I don t read much urban fantasy, so I can t say how well Black City Saint stacks up against other novels in the genre with certain elements and tropes it used I do, however, read a lot of books, and know a good book when I read one When Black City Saint had me up until 2 a.m the first two nights reading it, that s how I kn [...]


  10. Richard K Knaak was first introduced to me during my early days as a fantasy fan with the 1988 novel, The Legend of Huma I didn t get to red it until I was about ten 1990 but in my limited experience, it was probably the best of the Dragonlance novels When I re read it in college, my opinion was cemented and if you ever wanted to read the Dragonlance saga then I recommend the two main trilogies as well as it Later, I would enjoy Richard K Knaak s World of Warcraft novels which ranged from the ch [...]


  11. I hit this lull in books You know, where all the series that you re reading are currently still on hiatus in the short or long Looking your way Pat Rothfuss term So I begin to look over my wishlist on where I tag books that have caught my interest one way or another over the years Conversely, I start looking at the or recommendations for me Then, when those fail, I go back to the authors I enjoyed in days long past to see what they re up to, which brings me to Black City Saint I ve always been a [...]


  12. I thoroughly enjoyed Black City Saint The combination of 1920s Chicago and the world of the Fae was unique, and the two were enmeshed into a consistent, believable world I think I have read other references to this as urban fantasy, and that description is spot on I thought the story was engaging, and importantly, I really did not know what was going to happen The characters were interesting, and I ended up googling and reading some about some of the legend and history interwoven in this story [...]


  13. This book, for me, was an awesome twist on a well known historical time I enjoyed this book since I read the very first page I loved the adventure, and the excitement of the whole book Usually, you read and think to yourself I ll get through this good part then put it down and start dinner I never got past the good part because the that was the entire book It takes the Chicago Fire, Al Capone, and the roaring twenties to a new level The main character, Nick Medea, fights for the city and for the [...]


  14. Finally getting the hang of these reviews I really liked this An unusual setting with interesting characters I found Nick to be very driven by his past failure to save his love while being forced to guard the gate between our world and Feirie The Roaring 20s setting made for a nice contrast I like the suspense and background stories We don t learn everything about everybody, but I understand that this is a part of a series so that makes sense.You will also really like Fetch, a new favorite of mi [...]


  15. I received this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.Urban Fantasy went a long way, lately, to disavow readers about the beauty and charm of the Fae world, and while Black City Saint is no exception, this book manages to bring the concept several steps further into darkness and terror If we had any residual delusion about these creatures, after reading this novel we will never look at queen Titania or king Oberon in the same way at some point their Shakespearian counterparts [...]


  16. Originally Reviewed At Mother Gamer WriterRating 4 out of 5 ControllersReview Source Author SubmittedReviewer ArielBLACK CITY SAINT is the newest novel from fantasy author Richard A Knaak This story is action packed, set in Chicago in the roaring 20s, and is full of amazing characters Who could ask for Nick Medea is not exactly who he says he is Sure, he goes to people s homes and eradicates their paranormal problems, but he s much than that Many, many years ago, Nick was St George, dragon sla [...]


  17. Let s keep it short, shall we If you like the combination of historical urban fantasy, stop reading this review and start reading the book.Still not convinced Let me share some details then.What to ExpectBlack City Saint is the first novel in the series from Richard Knaak Set against the back drop of Prohibition era Chicago, Nick Medea is a private detective of sorts, dealing with paranormal cases.Not that it s as straightforward as that Nick has a checkered past, and some unusual companions He [...]


  18. Nick Medea lives in Chicago during the Prohibition years but he is not quite what he seems Some 1600 years ago, his name was Georgius and he fought and defeated a dragon The dragon s consciousness was trapped within Georgius mind and body and constantly struggles to get out Then Georgius, in turn, was slain by the Roman Emperor Diocletian for refusing to revoke his religion but gained immortality Georgius became known as St George and Diocletian s ghost haunts him, begging for forgiveness which [...]


  19. I won my copy of Black City Saint through a giveaway at Tor.Saint George did slay the dragon, but things didn t work out quite the way he d anticipated Saint George has survived from ancient Rome to 1920s Chicago He guards the Gate between Feirie and the real world The thing is, the dragon has also survived and resides inside Saint George, who now goes by the name Nick Medea Sometimes this can be of help to Nick in guarding the gate and tracking down and destroying things of Feirie that shouldn [...]


  20. You could call this book historical urban fantasy noir Set in Chicago in the 1920s, the narrator is a sort of exorcist He puts ads in papers that only those who need him can see, then goes and removes the ghosts and demons that are haunting them His unusualness goes beyond this, though his body is host to the dragon that he slew 1,600 years ago he is, in fact, Saint George He and the dragon share an uneasy alliance Also, he is the guardian of the gate that separates our world from that of Feirie [...]


  21. This book is a welcome trip into an alternate Chicago full of gangsters, Fae, and other baddies As a fan of both noir and fantasy, I loved the blend of genres I see lots of cool possibilities in future installments Memorable characters, an intriguing setting, and plenty of action make this a must read for lovers of fantasy.


  22. Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy CITY SAINT is a dense urban fantasy that s got a lot going for it It s fairly original, being set in the 1920s instead of modern day, and the juxtaposition of the Christian tradition with the fae mythology is interesting, to say the least However, BLACK CITY SAINT was difficult to get through at times and where the world building succeeded, the character development failed.If you know me at all, you know I can t pass up any book set in Chicago So when [...]


  23. Richard A Knaak s Black City Saint combines 1920 s Chicago crime gangs with pre Christian and early Christian mythology, serving up an exciting start to a new urban fantasy series The setting is good and the hero is memorable.Nick Medea is functionally an immortal Under a different name, he became the guardian of the portal between the realms of the mundane world and that of Faerie He is a man with many secrets, and the most deadly is the one he carries inside him, for he shares head space with [...]


  24. big meh protagonist is not very much of a hero his love interest is heroic, he spends far passion fighting against the ghost of his ancient betrayal than any other foe of the story, he s duped a lot, he s pretty much usually one step behind everybody, and all while still continuing to bemoan his fate no connection with him, no concern for him he beat it out of me, no interest in sequels or a continuing story again the premise was pretty cool, and the era seemed to be pretty well written, and t [...]




  25. A stylish re invention of the legend St George as an immortal warrior standing against the deep laid plots of Fairie There are certain weaknesses some factual, some in style, some in plotting Still this was a fun to read mashup of the The Fairy Queen and The Maltese Falcon


  26. Great storyExciting read Good characters I loved the story line, great twists I can t wait to read More about them, and to try some of authors other series.


  27. 1920 s ChicagoThe BLACK CITY s been 50 years since the devastating fire that destroyed so much of this city by the lake Throughout that time, and for the last 1600 years the Guardian has stood sentry over the Gate to Faery which now resides over Lake Michigan Once know as Georgius now Nicholas the Guardian must insure the Wyld does not come through the gated if it does make sure it does not last long in the human world The conflict escalates as Oberon, king of the Fairies, once thought dead, has [...]


  28. I received this book as part of a giveaway that I won Part of the deal was that once I finished reading it, I would review it I m not going to give a summary of the book since anyone who wants one can read it in the book info The story line was excellent I really enjoyed reading about the conflict Nick Medea went through trying to keep the Feirie world and the mortal world separate I liked the struggle between him and the dragon s spirit residing inside him I liked the relationship between him a [...]


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