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People of the City

(Maradaine Elite #3)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  16 reviews
The third and final novel in the Maradaine Elite series blends fast-paced high fantasy and political intrigue, bringing together the threads of the interconnected Maradaine novels.

Corruption and conspiracy have infected the city of Maradaine, from the top levels of power to the very depths beneath the city. Dayne Heldrin and Jerinne Fendall, elite warriors of the Tarian Or
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by DAW
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Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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People of the City is the conclusion of a chapter in Marshall Ryan Maresca’s Maradaine saga. I've been talking about it for five years, and the series has always been a mosaic. Different characters have trilogies or sequences of their own, and those stories have interwoven to produce a narrative with a genuinely epic scope. We’ve seen crossovers between them, but here all of our heroes finally meet. The crime fighting superhero Thorn, the hard-working investigators Minox
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Maresca has achieved something truly magnificent here. Tying together disparate threads of a multi-POV story is a challenge even in a single novel. To pull together the threads of four series, spanning twelve novels, is an absolutely masterful act.

In PEOPLE OF THE CITY, Maresca delivers on so many promises made across the past several years. Not everything ties up with a neat bow -- life and Maradaine go on, after all -- but this story satisfyingly answers many questions and rounds off an arc. T
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People of the City is the third and final installment in author Marshall Ryan Maresca's Maradaine Elite series. I've been known to repeat myself, but in this case, it's the truth. This is a series that needs more readers. It has everything a Fantasy lover needs: Magic, adventure, political machinations mixed with amazing characters, great worldbuilding, mystery, suspense, and intrigue. People of the City brings together the heroes of the autho
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
An excellent end (?) to a series! After 11 previous books, my expectations for this book were high and they were, for the most part, met. What I found really interesting, however, was that I expected this book to be a nice bow to the series with a final "The end" at the finish. What this felt like, though, was the end of season 1. There are plenty of hanging hooks for a season 2. I look forward to seeing what Maresca does next! ...more
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, just wow! This series is really amazing! I didn't read the books in author prescribed order, but thankfully picked up book one of Verci/ Asti series. Then what a wonderful surprise?!? There are more! A lot more! It would better to read them in order but it didn't stop me from enjoying the series immensely. I've never seen a series like this before and I am enchanted. Two trilogies, one Duology, and one to bring it together.

I was concerned that this book wouldn't be able to really pull all o
Nathan Woll
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I finished the 11th book, my only thought was "there is no way this series can be finished satisfactorily in just one more book". I was afraid that Maresca would try to tie everything up at once and leave a bad taste. I was very nervous about this book.

Fortunately, my fears were unfounded. Apparently there are many more books to come. (At least I hope so, because almost nothing was resolved.) This book was amazing for what it did accomplish, but it definitely didn't try to finish anything.

Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know how to feel after finishing this book. I'm still digesting everything but I loved it so much. I loved seeing Dayne, Jerinne, Veranix, Asti, Verci, Minox, and Satrine working together.

This book is giving me a book hangover. I want to pick up something else but nothing is right. 😭
Marsha Valance
A thrilling action-adventure fantasy in which Maresca combines all 4 of his Maradaine threads: 7 heroes (2 police officers, 2 guards, 2 thieves and a young wizard) combine forces to save the city and its people.
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Overall a very fine conclusion to the Maradaine sequence of novels (all 12).

Dayne is not my favorite of the leads in these books; there's a bit of the Lawful Stupid in him that makes him a frustrating old-school paladin, but maybe I've just become inured to having characters always have at least a touch of cynicism running through them that makes them less likely to blindly trust. It's frustrating how easily he's manipulated, but there it is. I did like seeing Jerinne lead him for once; there ar
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It’s not many series that leave me wanting more after 12 books!
These books are all light adventure fantasy but the setting so well thought out and the characters so enjoyable that they stand out from the pack. I have genuinely enjoyed reading each and every book in this series. I will be greatly disappointed if he doesn’t write more books in this work in the future!
If you’re reading this review and you haven’t read the rest of the books the author has a recommended order:
Thorn of Dentonhill
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recommend the whole series, as a study in "worldbuilding." It is not Romance Genre or Fantasy or Paranormal Romance, or Science Fiction -- but it is an exploration of a strange new world.

The Maradaine novels have a couple of "love story" threads, but they get buried in the detritus of action-action-action.

As in much fantasy-action, the fighters get badly injured but recover quickly, much more quickly, physically and psychologically, than is realistic. This casts a "comic book" atmosphere aro
Tamra Oscroft
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I took my time reading this book because I didn't want the Maradaine series to end - even afrer 12 books!!!
(GoodReads says that I have read it multiple times, but that is an error I don't know how to correct!)
I have loved all of the series that this author has written, but this book still leaves some threads dangling so I hope that means yet another series set in this world.
I loved reading about how all the different personalities interacted in this book. I hope to see them collaborate again b
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was really looking forward to this book, bringing all the characters together. It didn't disappoint. I just hope that there will be many more books in this series, tying up loose ends. I am not ready to say good-bye to these characters. I tried to take my time reading this book, stretching it out, but I was too involved with the story. ...more
Pat Brown
Good attempt to start to bring the series to a close. Excellent cliff hanger moment as all our good guys are now working together and starting to see the bigger picture.
Mihael Dreo
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a thrill this book was. Everyone coming together, action, intrigue, twists and turns ... what a fun conclusion to this part of the saga.

I want more, much much more of everyone in this city. So thank you mr. Maresca for all until now and i'm looking forward to your next works.
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Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, author of the Maradaine Saga: Four parallel series set amid the bustling streets and crime-ridden districts of the exotic city called Maradaine. This includes The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages, The Holver Alley Crew and The Way of the Shield. His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology ...more

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