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The City of Locked Doors

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Four hundred years ago a plague befell the world. It warped the bodies of all organic things and drove both man and beast rabid during the night. Law and order vanished in a matter of days, along with most of the human race.
Years passed and from this madness rose the Tyrants, a brutal god-like sect of individuals who could enforce their will on the surviving dregs of human
ebook, 1, 200 pages
Published November 20th 2017 by Kozinski ublishing
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J.M. Robison
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-read
***I was provided an advanced copy of this book*** I loved the characters. They were all distinct in both their actions and dialogue. I loved Noir most of all. He definitely had personality. Analytical and careless. Anti-hero. Funny! I've never read a book where the main character was the villain, because Noir totally was. Everything he did was bad, and that was so cool. Plot and characters moved along nicely. Writing style was unique and engaging. Loved the ending. Did not expect that. Overall, ...more
A.A. Bavar
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
A dark tale of revenge set in an even darker, post apocalyptic world.

In The City of Locked Doors, Mr. Kozinski immediately introduces us to the world of Umbras and Noir's quest for revenge. It is obvious that the author has a very clear and defined image of what this world and its inhabitants are like. However, because of the writing style and often difficult to follow action sequences and descriptions, it takes a while for that vision to materialize in the reader's mind. A fantasy novel lives i
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Back when my free time was my own, I was very much into gaming. I look back on that period of my life with a fondness. This book conjured a good bit of nostalgia because it reminds me of an RPG loaded with epic boss fights.

The story’s premise is unique. At its center is Noir - a mysterious, shadowy individual with god-like powers, a secretive past, and an inferno of rage brewing within him. The plot is driven by Noir’s desire to exact revenge on those who have wronged him. The injustice he’s end
Wilde Sky
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A mysterious individual with incredible powers seeks revenge.

I found the main character and world created very different, and quite difficult to get into. The split personality of the central protagonists and his internal discussions provided an alternate view of a very dark world / situation, full of death and destruction. There was plenty of action, fantastical creatures and mystery which kept my attention. The dramatic scenes were well handled / described.

My overall is 3.5 stars as some of th
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
An extremely intricate nether-world of necromancy, sorcery, and magic populated by beings who think and talk like humans but bear no resemblance whatsoever. Although an age-old story of revenge, Kozinski’s imagination has taken the familiar and made it new and strange. Waring voices in the protagonist’s mind give clues to his immortal background and present motivations. Every dystopian landscape and vengeful deed are surrounded by a dark mythic quality with apocalyptic overtones. Spend some time ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
The City of Locked Doors by Tristen Kozinski is a dark fantasy novel that tells the story of a man by the name of Noir, a powerful individual who commands dark forces that often times, bring about a painful end for those who stand against him. Enraged at the murder of his brother at the hands of his enemies, Noir sets out on a quest to find his brother's killers and end them.

What I did like about the novel were some of the character dynamics and some of the world building that Mr. Kozinski engag
Steve Pillinger


This was my first experience of steampunk, so it was quite a steep learning curve. I came into it determined to give it a fair hearing (or reading), regardless of my own preferences.

So, quite frankly, I did not enjoy the darkness and the blood. But I appreciated the thorough world-building, the well worked-out and very different sociopolitical setup resulting from an unspecified past apocalypse and plague; the imaginative different types of 'adepts' (all "-mancers" of one kind o
Chris Angelis
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been exposed to a lot of, shall we say dark literature. My academic background revolves around Gothic/horror and science fiction, so I've had my fair share of gloomy and antipathic characters, the supernatural, decayed settings, and what not. However, despite that fact - or, who knows, perhaps precisely because of it - I usually don't read such fictions for pleasure. I decided to give The City of Locked Doors a try as a sort of challenge for myself.

I think it would be fair to mention it as
David Coe
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a dark and foreboding story of the quest for revenge set in a distinctly original world of mutated and unbelievably powerful characters. Noir, the main character seeks revenge for the wrongs done unto him through the death of his brother at the hands of others. The story is well thought out and very original. The dead are resurrected by the powers of different types of beings that renew the body by rebuilding tissue and blood.
It seems that at night, almost everyone changes into hideous m
Francis Mont
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
“The City of Locked Doors” by Tristen Kozinski is the most blood-thirsty story I have ever read. That makes it very hard for me to review it objectively from the perspective of the intended audience which, definitely, isn’t me. I detest gore in all shapes and sizes and there is plenty of it in this one. So I’ll try to apply standard criteria, going through the main ingredients of a novel and write down my impressions. First, the concept: it’s original, in the sense that I have never read anythin ...more
G. Gaynor
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
First and foremost, my gratitude to Tristen and Keegan Kozinski for bringing forward what was most certainly a very unique world. I very much appreciate your efforts!

The City of Locked Doors

What I liked...

The concept of the world in which this story takes place. After reading what I perceived to have been a shout-out to Robert Louis Stevenson, the reader is taken into a very new place. You might think you know where you are going, but it'd be wise to abandon that perspective as quickly as you ca
Justin Bohardt
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
City of Locked Doors has me of two minds, much like its main character, Noir.

Firstly, this world is one of the most original apocalyptic/dark fantasy/urban fantasy books I have ever read. The fact that humans become monstrous Hydes at night, can be resurrected when they die, and the power of hemomancers, necromancers, shadowmancers, etc. was a new take on monster and mage. There's even a bit of a steampunk feel to some of this, which I am never against. My only quibble here is that I wanted to k
Davon Custis
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
After finishing reading "The City of Locked Doors" by Tristen Kozinski, I based my review on what I think about the merit of the plot, which I did find entertaining in itself.

Noir, our main character, is on a quest to revenge his brother's death as he involves himself to be acquainted with the deathly residents in the city of Umbras. Controlling the shadows and the likes of listening to his humorous inner voice, he then battles his enemies with his shadow powers in this very dark tale of fantasy
Rosetta Overman
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating 4.5 stars.

From the start, we’re led into a dark, post-apocalyptic world of shadows and beasts by Noir, an immortal with a seemingly common goal in mind; vengeance. Things shift even darker as we enter Umbras, a city of monsters, men and desperation to learn of the impermanence of death in this new world. Each day is a game of death and reanimation, one that tramples the sanctity of life.

I absolutely love the setting, the city of Umbras is as alive as its inhabitants (and sometime
Mariyam Hasnain
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The author beautifully creates a mystical and mythical world of surrealistic creatures. Poetically written prose and use of artistic language boasts author’s commanding grasp on vocabulary. It was hard to find a single reoccurrence of any word. However, the story of Noir is quite dark and brutal. I have recently developed a taste for dark fantasy but this was a couple shades darker than what I generally prefer.
Though artistically written, the writing is often difficult to comprehend. Sentence st
Laura Koerber
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-shelf
City of Locked Doors is a vividly realized and complex tale set in unique and often surreal alternative reality.

The first chapter reads like a trip with the devil into a nightmarish dystopia. I prepared myself for a very,very dark book; however, by the second chapter some sympathetic characters were introduced along with some humor and some glimpses of decency, even kindness, in the darkness. The authors throw the reader into the alternative culture; you will have to figure out as you read how
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
''The City of Locked Doors'' by Tristen and Keegan Kozinski.

I was given an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review. I was out for a few days on vacation and had a bad internet connectivity, so I decided to take this up. The book is scheduled for release on November 20th, 2017.

''Four hundred years ago a plague befell the world. It warped the bodies of all organic things and drove both man and beast rabid during the night. Law and order vanished in a matter of days, along with most of the
J.B. Trepagnier
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
When I first started the story, I didn't really know what to make of Noir. I assumed he was a teenager based on his reckless behavior. You don't really know much about him except he's got voices in in his and he liked to kill people. He's on a mission for revenge, but you don't really know what for. I wasn't sure if he was meant to be a hero, an anti-hero, or a villain. Even after I finished the book, I still don't know. Not to spoil the ended, but the entire book is a quest for revenge for kill ...more
Arthur Doweyko
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
A dark steampunk roller-coaster ride

City of Locked Doors is an exceptionally well-written work. From incredibly detailed and complex world building to an amazingly unique cast of characters, the author has done a splendid job in sharing her dark vision of an alternate reality with the reader. From the onset, we are submerged in a compelling tale of revenge by a mysterious entity called Noir. He appears to be part human and part something else entirely. In the course of his travails he encounters
Christopher Jessulat
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The City of Locked Doors delves deep into the dark fantasy realm, tracing the movements of the protagonist Noir, as he leaves bloody wake in pursuit of revenge.

The writing is very detailed, albeit somewhat meandering at times. While perhaps a little heavy handed with the adjectives in the prose, the style lends itself quite well to the portrayal of Noir's conquest and combat throughout. Having a fairly vivid imagination myself, often times I find the description of battle in the fantasy genre c
Elle Danielson
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a masterfully-written story. This author is very skilled with language, and creates a dark and complex world, which seems very dreamlike (actually nightmarish). The descriptions are beautifully vivid, and as I was reading, the story played out in my mind in the form of an anime film. The protagonist Noir, is quite an interesting character, and I like the way his story developed, especially in the concluding chapters. I must caution that this is not a beach read. It is quite dense, and re ...more
Emma Ward
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was kindly sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm not sure how to describe this book. It's clearly a fantasy, but, a fantasy book must have a strong world, and description, because how can the reader enjoy, if they cannot picture the world in their minds eye? There are a lot of words, but they're not descriptive. There are a lot of convoluted words, that instead of aiding the sentence structure, and prose, jar you out of the story. There's a lot of fight scenes, but I d ...more
Sarah Mensinga
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you like your fantasy dark, your humor morbid, and your fights gory, you’ll like this book. To be honest, dark, morbid, and gory aren't generally for me, but I can still admire Tristen Kozinski’s well-written novel.
The City of Locked Doors tells the story of the shadowmancer Noir who seeks revenge after his brother is murdered. The world-building is intricate and highly creative, and the characters are well fleshed out and believable within the constraints of their universe. I also liked the
Brian Gates
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've always been a fan of books that take me into a creepy, cryptic world where nothing is as it seems, and "The City of Locked Doors" did just that. The language is extremely vivid, and I much enjoyed the wordage. "The Almas trickled in through the walls and cieling after him, phasing through the solid Shadow-Steel much as he did. They dispersed across the room, fluttering between tables and casting a ballet of discordant shadows in the light." Lines such as this bring the world to life, and as ...more
Florian Armas
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
The City of Locked Doors. Umbras. Noir. The title of an original novel, a race, a character. Their names speak for themselves. In a post-human society wiped by a plague in a time that was long forgotten, Noir is coming home. And of course we had the Shadow Apocalypse too. Noir is not returning to settle down; he is returning to take revenge; that we know from the beginning, but what is to revenge and why, it is not shown until the end. Noir is a versatile character, playing well his double role: ...more
K.G. Petrone
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-favorites
Not recommended for skim readers. This book will take you to a new and imaginative dark world with lots of death and destruction in this dystopian deep read. Where the author has created a unique and hellish world. The first chapter was painstaking for this reader due to the overwhelming amount of characters (and their names), creatures, locations, background, etc. I felt I was forced to quickly digest.

However, as the story progressed I found myself intrigued by the storyline and the author’s s
Kyle Spencer
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The dark, dark world of COLD was absolutely fascinating and kept me reading. There were many new, half-explained terms in the beginning which left me feeling a bit overwhelmed; however, as you keep reading the mists surrounding the world and its characters recedes a bit, allowing a clearer glimpse. This mist never fully goes away and by there end of the book there were still many more questions than answers. The writing left me feeling disoriented at times, especially during the actions sequence ...more
Thomas Green
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I came to this story well equipped, because like reading about powerful characters who have themselves figured out. Not every main character needs to be a teenage tortured magical princess, Noir is neither of that and its one of the books greatest features. The story is brutal, the word is dark, there is a lot of action and the world is beautifully described. This is my one issue with the book, there are so many descriptions that they sometimes murder the pace, but luckily, it does not happen to ...more
Helen Mathey-Horn
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The City of Locked Doors tells the story of Noir, as he sets upon the town of Umbras and his revenge. The definitions at the beginning of the book were helpful, but still the dialogue at the beginning was confusing as you learn a lot of new words. As you get more into the novel, the story leads itself and the definitions are not as much needed. The story was very descriptive, and you could transport yourself into this novel, though I think it would not be a place I would enjoy. The novel and the ...more
Christine Clayfield
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Complex story and very original. It is set in a very dark world full of dark magic and sorcery. I found this book, strangely appealing as I wanted to know how it ends. The main character –Noir is unlike most protagonists, he, in fact, has a very dark personality as his name suggests and is driven by revenge. His internal struggle is quite interesting and gives deeper insight into his motivation.
This dystopian novel has a lot going for it, the characters, the poetic prose and definitely, the set
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