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City of Stone and Silence

(The Wells of Sorcery #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,250 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Django Wexler's City of Stone and Silence is the second book in the cinematic fantasy Wells of Sorcery Trilogy featuring a fierce young woman skilled in the art of combat magic on an epic mission to steal a ghost ship... ...more
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Tor Teen
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Django Wexler
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I hope you all are having as much fun with this series as I did. Thanks for reading!
Adah Udechukwu
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
City of Stone and Silence was awesome, awesome, awesome. The novel didn't disappoint. ...more
Executive Summary: I enjoyed this, but not as much as the first one, and not nearly as much as his Shadow Campaigns series.

Audiobook: YA books seem to love to do multiple narrators. I've found it a bit of a mixed bag. As both protagonists are female, I didn't really find it necessary to have distinct narrators for each POV. However both narrators were fine.

Catherine Ho returns as Isoka, while Nancy Wu was added to read Torrie's chapters. Both read at a good pace and we recorded at a good volume.
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to tor teen and netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.

CW: Mentioned Torture / After Effects of Torture / Death

I was so excited for Ship of Smoke and Steel last year but was disappointed when actually reading it. Don’t get me wrong, there were some great elements. The ghost ship, a bisexual mc, ff and mm relationships throughout the book. But the story as a whole could not quite sell me over.

I am pleased to say that I
Scott  Hitchcock
Book 1: 4.0*
Book 2: 3.0*

It seemed like there was more teenage angst in this one and it started to drive me a bit nuts. There really wasn't anything new in this book as well. Sure the second character perspective but as far as the world went nothing of real note.
Blodeuedd Finland
Apr 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
In the last book Isoka got stuck on a creepy ship that were trying to kill them, in this book they make it to their destination. A creepy island with things trying to kill them. At least we learn that some ancients built it all, and with dark intentions. Well duh, everything is trying to kill them.

Still not sure why she is a leader, I feel her girlfriend had more leader potential.

It is also the story of her sister Tori who is looking for her. Now this girl has leader potential and is about to ca
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Wells of Sorcery is the trilogy everybody should be talking about. But the trouble with things published in January is that they’re good for buying with Christmas gift cards, but bad for making it on to best-of lists. Which is a shame, since Ship of Smoke and Steel, the first installment, was a rollicking good time. And now City of Stone and Silence, the second volume, is every bit as thrilling, smart, and badass as the first.

Isoka has made it through the journey aboard the Soliton, but now
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Bloody good!

Awesome getting to know Tori too. The sisters sure are alike in many ways, and I love the relationship growth between Meroe and Isoka.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a book full of epic adventure this book is for you. For sure.

The world was completely unexpected and appreciated because it’s something new and fresh. I found myself submerged in the story until the very end!

Definitely will read more by this author!
Jul 29, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teen killers, tween monsters, magical cyborg-zombies, D&D X-Men
In the first book of this trilogy, Ship of Smoke and Steel, we met Isoka, an 18-year-old "mage-blood" who's basically Wolverine with (very small, as we are repeatedly reminded) tits who was part of the criminal underworld in her city before she got forced onto the giant ancient ship Soliton, which sails around the world guided by an unknown intelligence collecting mage-bloods and delivering them.... somewhere.

In book two, the "somewhere" turns out to be a city of the ancients, where the survivor
I feel like 3 stars is unfair here. I'll call it 3 1/2 and say that this is half of a really good book. I really liked the first book in the Wells of Sorcery series. I like Isoka and Meroe and the Soliton crew, and I loved the half of the book that involved them finding out where the Soliton originated from and trying to find a way to get back to Kahnzoka in time to save Isoka's sister Tori is a 5 star read.

I liked seeing Isoka show a more emotional side, dealing with being a leader and being s
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this story and cast of characters. In City of Stone and Silence we pick up almost exactly right where Ship of Smoke and Steel ended. Isoka and the rest of the crew took control of Soliton, (the Ship) and find themselves at the port of Harbor (the City). However also in this story we get the perspective of Tori who is Isoka's sister and her journey through Kahnzoka trying to maneuver the starting revolution and wondering where her sister has gone.

The one thing that makes this s
Trigger Warnings for: Violence, gore, death (including child death), mention of rape and forced prostitution

Not quite as good as the first, sadly. Isoka's sister, Tori, gets a perspective, which is fine but they're both first person which is annoying. In addition to that, Tori's chapters didn't really get interesting until about 200 pages in. So her chapters felt like rude interruptions to Isoka's. Once they did kick off, they were interesting, though. Both perspectives, however, added new c
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I need this ASAP. 🙏🏻
Debby (Alwaysbooking)
3.5 Isoka is still kicking ass stars!!

This book is told in two POV’s Isoka’s and her sister Tori’s. I will admit that in the beginning I found Tori’s chapters very boring and they barely kept my attention. After a couple of her chapters it does start to pick up and you start to connect to her a little bit. It was interesting to be back into the world that Tori and Isoka grew up in. I enjoyed learning about Tori and how she is not the pampered princess that her sister seems to think she is. Almos
Mathilde Paulsen
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
The E-Arc City of Stone and Silence was kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has not altered my opinion of the book.

My very high expectations paired with how I kept getting thrown off my the second mc lacking reasoning and the endless world-descriptions, made for a read that I both loved and hated. I think the magic system in this series is really cool and I loved the first book. This simply didn't quite do it for me. It was still enjoyable for the most part and I
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-shelf
A worthy sequel. Getting both Isoka’s and Tori’s POV in this book was an excellent development. The world building is so intriguing, learning about the wells and the ancients who build inexplainable things like giant boats or stone cities..
And even though the first book already had its share of dark moments, this one certainly went a whole lot darker at times!
Great second book and really looking forward to the next one!
Thank you for writing :)
Jan 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
Man, I miss the Shadow Campaigns. I will acknowledge that partly this is my fault for picking up a YA book and reading it instead of chucking it in the bin. But only partly. Most of this is on the book.

The most obvious problem with this book is that it's simply far too short. City of Stone and Silence is roughly the same length as the preceding entry in the series, but it's split into two entirely separate storylines. You end up with two unrelated ~180 page stories, and you just can't fit anythi
Little less compelling than the first one, didn't love trading off POVs during chapters -- just write two books. Also don't love when male authors make comments about 14 year old girl's masturbation habits, esp when they have no bearing on the story. ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5/5 Could have been a 4 sans annoying characters

I had several issues with the story... although I pushed through and finished it.
1. All the blah blah blah in times when there shouldn't have been any...
2. The insecure, whiny female characters that needed the support and input of THE WORLD before making a decision.
3. The pretty, can't fight, but ever so helpful supportive female who consistently screams your name WHILE YOU ARE FIGHTING... is soft kind and warm hearted *YAWN*... you get my drift
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This series is just ok. I want to like it more than I do. This book is a step up from the first one where they were stuck on a giant ship hunting giant crabs. Yea I just wrote that. I'm a grown ass woman and that's what I'm reading. I'm ok with it, but if you're not, just know that's what you're getting into with this series.

I liked the addition of Tori's storyline in this book, but I still find Isoka and especially her relationship with Meroe yawn-inspiring. If I have to read another "my weird
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh this was unfortunately a bit of a disappointment. I liked the previous book in the series so much. Where that book was much better than expected, this one was the total opposite. The story dragged, lacked the suspense, lacked the action based writing and was generally much less enjoyable. I am hopeful for the next book, I will not give up on this series.
Cor Markhart
Nov 01, 2020 rated it liked it
A somewhat lacking successor to the first book that sadly doesn't really manage to build on the interesting themes and characters of the first book and instead becomes pretty standard YA-fantasy fare. ...more
Andrew Myers
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
I recall really enjoying the first book. But this is not good. Horrible dialogue.
Loren C
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Largely thoughtless running to and fro, based on emotional assumptions. It’s not what good YA is. Probably won’t bother with the third.
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bonnie McDaniel
This is the second volume in the Wells of Sorcery trilogy. While I sometimes hesitate to recommend the second book in a series, due to the not unreasonable assumption that you often can't understand the second if you haven't read the first, I'm going to make an exception here. Not only because I think there's just enough exposition and recapping to catch readers up to speed, but because this is a really excellent book that tops the first.

The main reason for this is the inclusion of a second POV
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Django Wexler's City of Stone and Silence is the second book in the cinematic fantasy Wells of Sorcery Trilogy featuring a fierce young woman skilled in the art of combat magic on an epic mission to steal a ghost ship.

After surviving the Vile Rot, Isoka, Meroe, and the rest of Soliton's crew finally arrive at Soliton's mysterious destination, the Harbor—a city of great stone ziggurats, enshrouded in a ghostly veil of Eddica magic. And they're not alone.

Royalty, monks, and madm

Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, lgbt, fantasy
So this is just a word vomit, stream-of-conscious, me trying to make sense and verbalize how much I enjoyed certain aspects of this novel. It's probably not gonna make much sense heh.

I'll preface this by saying that I adore Wexler's writing, having read his Shadows Campaign series. I did read the first book of this trilogy, and found that I enjoyed the premise a bunch and had a good time reading it, but that it wasn't quite up to par with his previous works. So I went into this with pretty neutr
jonathan finn
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Superior sequel

This is book 2 of the wells of Sorcery, A young adult series set in a fantasy world with a kind of Middle Eastern style.

In Book one Isoka a teenage crime boss who was also a holder of one of the nine wells, magicial abilities divided into different disciplines depending on the well, which made her property of the empire unregistered she found herself taken hostage by the empires head of the secret police and sent on a secret mission to infiltrate the Solition a ghost ship of for
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Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays g ...more

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