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Black City (Black City Chronicles, Book 1) Hardcover – November 13, 2012
Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened and enigmatic powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. Paperback | Kindle book | See more for Teen and Young Adult readers
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More About the Author
In her spare time Elizabeth ran a successful lifestyle website aimed at teenage girls, where she got to interview many of her favorite bands, go to gigs and basically bag loads of free swag all in the name of "research".
More recently she worked as a website editor before deciding to pursue her dream of becoming an author. She now dedicates her time to writing fantasy books aimed at young adults. BLACK CITY is her debut novel.
Top Customer Reviews
Black City by Elizabeth Richards may seem like an amalgam of familiar territory. We have vampires. We have a dystopian society. We have lovers on two different sides of a war. Sure, we start with the expected, and then Richards completely turns everything on its head. All I will say is that we have alternating perspectives of Natalie, the daughter of an Emissary, who is trying to keep Darklings segregated from Black City, and Ash, a Darkling, who sells Haze, a drug, to keep his family fed. These two unlikely kids seem to have a Romeo and Juliet kind of romance and then everything goes out the window.
You must read this book. That's all I'm going to say. I don't want to give away any of the marvelous twists this book reveals, and I read the book from cover to cover in a day. The characters are terrific, and I love the dark setting of Black City. This isn't a perfect book, but it is an extremely compelling one. I know Richards is only going to get better and better with each installment.
Overall, one of the most intriguing and pulse pounding dystopian books I've read this year.
Along with the dystopian setting and the problems that it provides for the characters, there is also an exciting twist with the added conspiracy that Ash and Natalie uncover. This adds lots of twists and adventure into the story, which I felt added depth. I liked the characters in the book, especially Natalie and Ash. We get to see things from both of their perspectives, and I enjoyed seeing how each one reacted to various situations and to each other. The writing was superb and fast-paced, which made this a book I couldn't put down. There is a lot of tension and unanswered questions in the novel, which leaves great opening for future installments in the series. Overall, this is a fantastic first book to an imaginative and unique series that will be sure to leave readers demanding more.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Ash Fisher, he's different than every single person inside Black City. He's a twin-blood and you're probably wondering what that is? He's half human and half Darkling. The best way to describe a Darkling is they're kind of a like a vampire. The sun burns their skins, their hearts don't beat (actually, they have two hearts), they're pale, they have fangs (which have venom that gives humans a high), and survive off of blood. There are different breeds of darklings, though. Some have wings which kind of remind me of like a mix of a vampire and fae, which is kind of awesome. He's not liked because he's different and to everyone, he's the enemy. He's broody and has a hard outter layer but you peel that away, and he's certainly not the monster people make him out to be.
Natalie Buchanan is a human and daughter of the Emissary. Though Natalie is the daughter of the Emissary, she is a very damaged, normal teenage girl. Minus the fact that he ex-boyfriend is her personal bodyguard. She witnessed her beautiful sister to get beaten just so the government could get information out of her father. After they got what they wanted, they let a darkling have at him. In front of Natalie. It's forever scarred her and made her afraid of darklings. But something very strange happens when she meets half-blood darkling, Ash...her world is turned upside down.
I absolutely loved this book.Read more ›
Black City is a place in ruins. Ash still rains down from bombs that were set off a year ago. Buildings crumble daily and no new ones are built to replace them. People live in the rubble but fear speaking out to get better living conditions. In the middle of it all is a walled enclosure where all the Darklings are forced to live. However, things may not be that way for long. The Darklings are unhappy with their restrictions and they are ready to fight. Black City is a city on the brink of war.
Ash is a twin-blood. He is half human, half Darkling. He lives outside the Darkling enclosure but he does not feel accepted. He is lonely and sad and it causes him to do some stupid things. However, it is easy to tell that he is a good guy at heart. Readers will definitely fall for this dark and lonely guy. Natalie is also alone but that is because of her station. She is the Emissary's daughter and most people are afraid she could get them in trouble. Even though she is lonely she is friendly and caring and very easy to like. She's smart, brave, and loyal. What's not to like? Beethe and Day are also fabulous. Beethe is hilarious. He's kind of a druggie but he's a sweetheart and he's trying to change his ways. Day is smart (sometimes too smart), kind, yet she can be hard-headed. She makes some mistakes but she learns from them.
Elizabeth Richards really knows how to create a terrifying villain.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book blew me away. It was fast paced, edgy, suspenseful, and romantic in the most intense way. It's a dystopian that involves a war between humans and darklings or more like a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Reader's Candy
It had it's ups and downs. The world building was great, you really got a sense of the atmosphere in the city. I never understood how the people dressed though... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anjena
I always loved SYFY fiction books, especially ones containing teenage romances. The amount of books I own is ridiculous. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amanda Haluska
In Black City by Elizabeth Richards, we follow Ash Fisher, a twin-blood (half darkling, half human) and Natalie Buchanan, a human who happens to be the daughter of the Emissary. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Krystianna Straley
I had heard such amazing things about this book. Everywhere I turned, bloggers were giving it glowing reviews, so I really anticipated that I would love this book and probably add... Read morePublished 11 months ago by The Tale Temptress
Another hidden gem I'm glad I stumbled across. I like that this series puts a different spin on the typical dystopian story - it's kind of like Marie Lu's Legend series, only with... Read morePublished 12 months ago by lal0020
A surprise ending! This book really should be made into a movie. Moving on to book number two of the trilogy and I cannot wait to see what's happening in that book.Published 13 months ago by Neesh
Richards writes a love story that is predictable. That can be good at times. More details don't make a good book. It's the way one spins those details to create a story... Read morePublished 14 months ago by JJW