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Hell's Horizon (The City Trilogy #2)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  965 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
In the City, The Cardinal rules, and Al Jeery is a loyal member of his personal guard. But when Al is pulled from his duties at Party Central to investigate a murder, an unexpected discovery leads him in a new direction, where his loyalties and beliefs will be severely tested.

Soon he is involved in a terrifying mystery that draws in the dead, the City's Incan forefathers,
ebook, 336 pages
Published January 5th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2009)
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Dec 04, 2011 Sita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was on one of my once a century trips to Sydney with my parents (even though we’re in Canberra, 2 hours away from Sydney), we rarely go there. So we were in Sydney to see Twelth Night, which was really good by the way, great acting, great set, great directing. Okay, moving on. I was in Sydney and whenever I’m in Sydney I always go to Galaxy and stock up on books there (my favourite store of all time), and my dad knew that I liked Darren Shan so he showed me this one and I didn’t really see th ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Hell's Horizon (The City Trilogy, #2), D.B. Shan
Apr 19, 2015 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
The second book in Darren Shan's "The City" trilogy is one of those that doesn't directly follow on from the first. In fact the events of this book happen simultaneously with those of Procession of the Dead.

Here we focus on Al Jeery, one of the many mercenaries working for the City's crime lord, The Cardinal. It's a normal day doing mercenary-type things when Al finds his girlfriend Nic dead at the Cardinal's morgue, the Fridge. The next thing Al knows he is sent on a mission by the Cardinal to
Mar 31, 2016 Mahtab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-city
I loved this and the first book of the trilogy , but this one was easier for me to read. You know, this had me reading better than the first one, probably because I was more familiar with The City & the atmosphere of the story this time.
While reading Procession of the Dead , I loved Capac almost since the beginning , but didn't know how to feel about him when he killed Dee , and at the end I just felt sorry for him.
While reading this one , I loved Al since the beginning and loved him more as
I've read the first book on the trilogy, a few months back, and put it as a "mind fuck" book. Cause the end was full with twists that I really didn't expect, including the final end.
Anyhow, in this trilogy, even though it's still on same timeline and still interwoven with the characters and setting from the first book. To me, this sequel is more popish.
It's not as dark and mind bugging as it's precedent. The main character, Al is more human than Carpac Raimi from the first book.
If Capac was some
Dec 30, 2010 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 11, 2012 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I just finished this books I have no words for it really, it was just amazing! In this sequel we follow other character than in the first books but honestly, I like this books much more then the first one! I liked Al more than Capac just because Al was soo loving, he would definitely do everything for the one's he loves, and Capac is just a monster. Ok, Al was able to murder but only to follow the orders, he wouldn't kill an innocent person, not like Capac. Anyway, the plot is just ...more
May 15, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, thriller
When Al Jeery is reassigned from his guard job to solve a murder, the clues lead him to disturbing discoveries about both the City and his own past.

This one is a fast, interesting noir story with some mystical elements. The setting, a strange city run by a crime lord named The Cardinal, hooked me in just as much as it did in the previous book. The investigation side of things had plenty of twists, though I did figure out the killer before Al got around to it.

The events of this book overlapped th
Christine Jones
Mar 13, 2016 Christine Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the series, following a very different character who is experiencing life in this gritty, mob filled city, happily a part of the group running the show when he is asked to investigate a murder. Al Jeery is an interesting character whose development throughout this book is fascinating. He moves through his experiences, twisting and turning against the problems set against him and time and time again he proves his worth. This was in my opinion the best book in the trilog ...more
Sam Reader
Feb 08, 2014 Sam Reader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so the rundown is as follows. Hell's Horizonis a damn good detective story. It's a creepy mystery novel full of the surreal horror and unnerving violence that marked its predecessor. The dialogue and atmosphere are top-notch, and even if you can guess some of the plot twists before they hit, the way they're presented makes them feel newer and fresher.

Unfortunately, if you're squeamish, this is not the book for you. When the violence comes, it comes in loving detail and some
Zuzana Malá
Mar 13, 2015 Zuzana Malá rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it
...komentář není nutný..
Shan je blázen a já po tomhle díle už taky.
Mějte se. ČAU. BLÁZINEC ČEKÁ! Mám tam objednaný pokoj a vlastní knihovnu :D!
Saoirse Sterling
[Short and quick review from memory before I re-read and re-review at a later date:

The thing I remember most is that I won these books...]
Jul 03, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 Stars

As I cycled into the wind, a cliche whistled through my thoughts, and I grinned

- Al Jeery was on the case!

Praise, praise, praise!

Hell's Horizon delivers a fantastic sequel to Procession of the Dead. It's hard to categorise this trilogy, it's a mishmash of genres that Mr Shan weaves effortlessly. I'm still a little surprised by the detective-style dark fantasy this book contains.

But damn if it doesn't work.

The murky trails and cast of misfits all build a full world that spins you in ci
Feb 11, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having loved 'Procession of the Dead', I was eager to devour the second in Darrren Shan's 'The City Trilogy': 'Hell's Horizon'. Before I did, though, I re-read 'Procession of the Dead'.

'Hell's Horizon' takes place at the exact same time as 'Procession of the Dead', which is unusual for a book series (the only other instance I've read is George R.R. Martin's 'A Feast for Crows'/'A Dance with Dragons'). Whilst 'Procession' was told through the cocky, arrogant viewpoint of Capac Raimi, here we get
Feb 01, 2013 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, this one wasn't exactly easy reading for me either. While it was still a good story, I just couldn't find myself getting too attached to it. Hell's Horizon read a lot like a murder mystery. We spend the whole book trying to figure out who's behind the murders that lead back to the main character; Al Jeery. Thus speaking.

Al Jeery works at Party Central as a part of the Cardinal's personal guard. One night, he's pulled from his usual work to help at the Fridge and comes across a dead body that
Dana Salman
I think I definitely liked the first book better. Procession of the Dead was captivating because the mysterious side of it involved things that were inexplicable - people disappearing from sight and mind, blind priests, green fog, and Capac Raimi's hazy past. Hell's Horizon started out good enough - a who-dunnit murder case with plenty of suspects and little to get by on - but by the last hundred pages it became a matter of choosing the last person the main character Al Jeery would think of to f ...more
Apr 28, 2009 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of DB Shan's work, murder mysteries
Recommended to Brittany by: Me
How I Came To Read This Book: Last year Harper Collins blessed me with an advance edition of "Procession of the Dead", the first in "The City" series, which ended up being one of my fave books of 08. I eagerly picked up the sequel when it came out this last week.

The Plot: Al Jeery is a member of the Troops, a security force serving The Cardinal with equal footing as the police in the City. During an otherwise routine evening, Al is suddenly thrust into the middle of a suspicious murder investiga
the golden witch.
I’m so, SO glad that I was able to get my hands on the ARC for this. I really loved the first book in this series, “City of the Dead”, and it’s refreshing to see Shan’s style take a grittier turn than what we’ve seen with the “Cirque du Freak” and “Demonata” series, respectively.

Folks, this is YA fantasy noir at its best. And while the protagonist in this book wasn’t quite as charming as the one in the first (hence, only four out of five stars), but still really good. We’re back in the world wit
Feb 16, 2016 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The middle part of the trilogy, focussing on one of the Cardinal's soldiers and a ritualistic murder. The pace was excellent with a good deal of twists and turns and enough to keep the reader guessing up until a final dramatic event that makes me want to get onto the last book double quick.
Jan 19, 2016 Nola rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I need to read the third book in the series, before I can do a proper review. But a lot of the story line is a side story to the first book. I sometimes felt like I was reading the same book twice, but from a different point of view, which may have been what the author was going for. So we'll see.
Jenika Ioffreda
Aug 05, 2014 Jenika Ioffreda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't like it. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, I didn't like the story nor the word building and after a while I started reading extra fast to arrive to the end.
I lost count of how many times I read the words "kill, killing", etc.
Definitely not my cup of tea.
Apr 25, 2011 Deborah rated it really liked it
Darren Shan's "Hell Horizon" is the second book in a series where the story is set in the City that is run by the Cardinal. Al Jeery is a member of the Cardinal's personal guard at Party Central. Jeery becomes involved in a series of personal murders. The Carinal offers Jeery the job of investigating the murders and solving the mystery.
I enjoyed Shan's first book in the series, "Procession of the Dead," more than i enjoyed this story. the terrifying and mythical character of Paucar Wami was much
Jan 25, 2014 Dezz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as great as the first one but still check it out. It is interesting and keeps your attention. And with this being by Darren Shan it is of course vivid and grotesque. It's still a good book of course. But it didn't leave me with as much feeling as the first.
Sara Shaw
Jan 29, 2014 Sara Shaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really Darren? REALLY?! This was not expected.
It took me a while to process the ending and the twists. It is too sick that I kinda find Wami kinda funny? I know he is a serial killer and all that but he is Al's dad right? I like Al. The Cardinal just leaves noone without harm huh? Off to book 3. D: Last book, no more city books to read after the 3rd :O

The Cardinal is the City and the City is The Cardinal. When Al Jeery is ordered by The Cardinal to investigate the murder of a woman at a hotel he has no idea that the dead woman is his girlfriend. Soon he is involved in a terrifying mystery that draws in the dead, the city's Incan forefathers, The Cardinal himself, and the assassin, Paucar Wami. Wami is a law unto himself, a shadowy, mysterious figure who can apparently kill anyone he chooses without fear of punishment or retribution. And Al is ...more
Kelly Bradley
May 15, 2016 Kelly Bradley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow amazing book couldnt put it down, darren shan is an amazing author
Gregory Gay
The first novel in Shan's The City trilogy was a fast-paced thriller. It was a relentless ride to a satisfying finish.

The second entry, Hell's Horizon, shifts the tone a bit. It's more of a detective story - a "whodunit" taking place parallel to Procession of the Dead. The stories are only tangentially related, but Horizon does a good bit to flesh out the universe that the series is set in.

It's a good, noir-y crime story with just a touch of the supernatural. Not quite as addictive of a read a
Name SWight
Fantasy, and I don't like fantasy
Dec 29, 2013 reea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A város trilógia második kötetének sokat kellett várakoznia, végül mégis egymásra találtunk. Nem mondom, hogy simán indult a kapcsolatunk, néhány oldal után ugyanis némi csalódottságot éreztem. De ahogyan később kiderült, ez nem a könyv hibája volt. Csakis az elvárások és a nem megfelelő utánajárás találkozását okolhatom érte.
Joey Lopez
Jun 24, 2014 Joey Lopez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A much better story than the first book in the serial with a much more satisfying conclusion.
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Librarian's note: Also writes under the name D.B. Shan.

Darren Shan (born July 2, 1972 in London, England) is the pen name of the Irish author Darren O'Shaughnessy, as well as the name of the protagonist of his book series The Saga of Darren Shan, also known as The Cirque Du Freak Series in the United States. He is the author of The Demonata series, as well as some stand-alone books, and a series o
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The City Trilogy (3 books)
  • Procession of the Dead (The City Trilogy, #1)
  • City of the Snakes (The City Trilogy, #3)

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