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City of Stone and Silence

(The Wells of Sorcery #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  810 ratings  ·  84 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
Shelves: 2020, 4-star, fantasy
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.
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.
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
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!
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: own
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 :)
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you notice my read dates, this one took so long to read because I couldn't get a hold of the physical book and had to listen to the audiobook, and I cannot process auditory information. On the other hand, I persevered for literal months to listen to this, so that should tell you that it's very good.

I'm only deducting a star because I started to hate the Tori sections. I liked them at first, but then they just got so, so repetitive. She is a very active character, and even a smart one, it's ju
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
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Summary: This is the second book in the Wells of Sorcery series, following City of Stone and Silence. In this sequel, the ghost ship Soliton reaches its destination and forces all the surviving crew members to disembark. They find themselves in a huge, semi-ruined city, and are immediately attacked by a horde of zombies. (Worst cruise ever.) They soon discover that they’re not the only living inhabitants of the city, and it’s up to Isoka and her heart-stoppingly competent lady love to discover t ...more
Awkward.Book.Girl (Stephanie)
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
First off, I binge-read this book. And considering I did the same to the first book, I don't remember as much as I thought. However, this book relays information well, and it wasn't difficult catching up. And it picks up immediately where we left off.

City of Stone and Silence goes from Isoka to Tori's POV, and I found this pacing was done fairly well with highs and lows. It was interesting seeing Tori grow and change as a character and coming into her own now that Isoka is missing.

It was a good
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this sequel! I can't believe I haven't seen more people talking about this series! The book starts a little while after the ending of the first book with Isoka and crew in the garden and the ship on track to an unknown destination. When it arrives at that destination everyone is suddenly forced off the ship by the angels and they're left to figure out what's going on and where they are. I found Isoka's journey in the book to be just as full of action as it was in the first boo ...more
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was wayyyy better than the first book. Tori really helped in that. I had my doubts when the book was suddenly split into two perspectives, but it did help.

Honestly, don't know what to think of Garo, her love interest- their last meeting was ambiguous and it isn't really clear if he's still alive but what Tori does after - completely ruthless, is something that's really astonishing.
Tori provided some much needed character depth to the book.
I wasn't as invested in Isoka's story as I was Tor
Amy Braun
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been waiting for this sequel for a year and I am so excited to have finally read it. I absolutely loved this world and its characters, and this sequel was packed with more action than ever before. The magic is so unique and exciting, leading to some truly incredible moments.

I have nothing but love for the main characters Tori and Isoka. Both sisters are wildly different, and I have a hard time choosing who I adore more! Isoka is strong and empowering and an absolute beast in combat, yet te
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So...the downside to reading an arc is that - when it's a *good* arc - you have to wait THAT MUCH LONGER FOR THE NEXT ONE. And such is the case here. The book is out now, but that doesn't help a whole lot!

A great continuation of the first book, but with the added element of switching chapters between Isoka and her sister Tori, back at home and living a life of luxury (or so Isoka believes). The interesting thing about the switching viewpoints is that Tori tells us more about Isoka, which gives u
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has something for every fiction and fantasy reader. We broaden the story from Isoka's POV to include Tori's. Sometimes when this happens we loose sight of the original MC, not here. We get two rebellions in one. Isoka upends the island and Tori tears through the city. The cast of secondary characters are amazing and help the two MCs grow and aid them in making independent decisions about what's in their best interests based on the goals of the groups they've come to lead. We get a touc ...more
Matthew Bryan
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This series is like a 3.75 for me. All around it's good and decent at holding my attention but it's nothing amazing, mind blowing or exciting with high stakes. The characters are fine but they don't have much characterization. I have a YouTube video on my channel Books Rebound that is titled something along the lines of "if you like this video game read this book" and what is said is that if you love the Monster Hunter games you'll love this series. Book one takes place on a masssssive ship that ...more
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I liked this one a little bit better than the first one. I liked having Tori's POV added in. Throughout the first one, Isoka kept saying how she had to get back home to save Tori and it made me think she was young and weak. But her POV was so powerful and I'm so glad that we got to see her side of the story. I was actually more invested in her side of the story than Isoka's, although I was still invested in Isoka's.
The powers were so interesting and I really liked getting to know more
Terrianna Selby
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
Nadja Miller
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it
It is the the second book and not as good as he first but that is Ok cannot wait until the third. We are looking at two points a view. Isoka the older sister who survived the ship from book one, Soliton, have now arrived at the Harbor. A temperate place surrounded by ice and zombies) . I consider this part more exiting and more and adult level of reading. When we read Tori's chapter( the younger sister) we are reading more of a young adult book. In a way this is just showing how great Django Wex ...more
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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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