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The Unconquered City

(The Chronicles of Ghadid #3)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  27 reviews
The final volume in K. A. Doore's critically-acclaimed assassin fantasy series

Seven years have passed since the Siege — a time when the hungry dead had risen — but the memories still haunt Illi Basbowen. Though she was trained to be an elite assassin, now the Basbowen clan act as Ghadid's militia force protecting the resurrected city against a growing tide of monstrous guu
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 16th 2020 by Tor Books
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I was sent this book as an advance copy for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

4.5 stars

That was a really funeral conclusion to one of the best fantasy surprises I've had in 2019!

The book takes place seven years after The Impossible Contract and explores the consequences of individual and collective trauma through the eyes of Illi Basbowen.

What started as a family of assassins is now what protects Ghadid from the guul that in increasing numbers threaten the city they all love.
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
Not a change. More like a growth.

On my blog.

Rep: Black mcs, bi mc with PTSD(?), nonbinary li, lesbian & gay side characters

CWs: magic involving self harm, murder/death

The Unconquered City is, first and foremost, a distinctly satisfying wrap-up to the Chronicles of Ghadid series. It takes you back to a familiar world, for new adventures, and ties together the last threads of storylines introduced in the first two books. Namely, the return of a character I shall not name, so it’s a nice su
I received an advance copy from Tor via Netgalley for review purposes. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

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The Unconquered City picks up seven years after the end of The Impossible Contract and is pr
S.A. Chakraborty
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have thoroughly enjoyed The Chronicles of Ghadid from the very beginning, starting when I fell in love with Amastan in The Perfect Assassin (which also, YES I WAS YELLING AT A CERTAIN PART IN THIS BOOK). I love the worldbuilding; it's a unique, well-conceived system of magic and politics that provides an excellent backdrop for an otherwise character-driven narrative. And the books are just FUN in a way that adventure fantasy should be. There's a warm that fills these books in a way that's diff ...more
Jordan Shiveley
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
K.A. Doore is a devastator. K.A. Doore is the knife slipped between your ribs when you lean in for a loved one’s embrace. K.A. Doore is also a fucking amazing writer and the Unconquered City wrecked me in all the best possible ways.

The third in her stellar trilogy of necromancy, assassins, undead camels, blood magic, ancient spirits, and HOT GAY ROMANCE amidst the sands of the Chronicles of Ghadid the Unconquered City is a perfect ending to a thoroughly engaging and unique fantasy series. While
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it
He died!!!!!!!!!!!

I wanted to see his ideas, I wanted the en-marabi to gain some sort of good karma, but he died!!!!!!

Was there no other way?????? Did the sajaam disrupt the environment so much, that a slowly changed the surroundings...........

A good open ended book, where Ms. Doore can just come back and spin some new tales, I want to have some continuation, I want to read some new things, new abilities(if only..........sigh............I really felt like Ms. Doore could have opened up a lot of
Nathan Makaryk
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The entire trilogy is fast paced and page-turning, full of creative supernatural elements and endearing assassins who just can't help themselves falling in love with cute strangers. This third book fits comfortably with the others while still escalating events farther than ever, and brings a very satisfying conclusion to a fun fantasy series. A creative world with relatable characters, and an easy recommendation. ...more
Liz (Quirky Cat)
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
I received a copy of The Unconquered City in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Unconquered City is the third and final novel in The Chronicles of Ghadid series, and I am completely shaken up about that fact. I've fallen so in love with this world, I'm simply not ready to let go of it.

It's been seven years since the horrifying events of the Siege. Ghadid us recovering, albeit slowly. Cousins like Illi Basbowen are struggling to find their place in this new world. Well, maybe not all of
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hello Gemmies! I have a new book review to share with you today. Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review.

The Unconquered City by K.A. Doore is a wonderful epic fantasy and the third and final book in the Chronicles of Ghadid trilogy. Let's start with the cover. Ok to be fair, all the covers in this series have just been gorgeous! Book three is no different with another strong female warrior with weaponry in
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Seven years have passed since our favourite characters from books one and two saved Ghadid from the nightmarish events that are spoilers for book two.

This book focuses on Illi, who lost her family in the siege and now lives under Thana's care. She was too young for the family business in a professional sense but did receive many years of training, only to be one of the first denied official status when it was decided that the assassins wouldn't be needed in their former capacity. Now she and the
Jo Ladzinski
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, friends
Read an ARC granted through NetGalley

The Chronicles of Ghadid comes to a close with an epic story of community mourning, healing, and recovery as Illi is tasked with going away to Hathage get rid of the sajaami which is preventing all other restless spirits from passing on. There's an f/enby romance, the lesbians are back, and all that assassination goodness we've come to love.

The guul continue to be the absolutely scariest things, but I really loved how Doore gave everyone--from cousin to capta
Cheyanne Lepka
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, this book. THIS SERIES! Wow, probably one of my favourite series that I’ve read in recent years. I will say for this book, I know it’s supposed to be standalone, and I definitely think it would be alright to come in at this book, but I also think that those certain emotional moments just won’t hit as well if you haven’t read the previous books. So, I’d recommend reading the other two first (and also, they’re very good and you should read them anyway!)

Overall, I thought this was a fantastic
Eshana Ranasinghe
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Unconquered City was a wonderful read and a great ending to a vibrant fantasy trilogy. The story built upon the foundation of its predecessors and explored the world and the magic and the repercussions of the ending of the impossible contract.

Reading this felt like coming home, and slipping back into a familiar word and writing style. Being reunited with the characters from the previous novels and how they’ve grown and matured over the year filled me with such joy I thought was only possible
Mika Brown
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A satisfying conclusion to this trilogy, as epic and yet personal as each of the novels have been so far. Each of Doore's main characters has been a wonderful conglomerate of strengths and fractures and needs, and Illi is no exception - the trauma she carries from the finale events of the second book is terribly understandable, and understandably terrible, and the book does an amazing job of exploring how that trauma cannot be denied, but also doesn't have to define her. AND the book does that w ...more
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
4.5 stars. This was a satisfying end to the trilogy! Lots of action and heartfelt characters (view spoiler). I love the world of Ghadid and I just wish we got more tidbits of the technilogically advanced past, because Ghadid as a city in a post-apocalypse world is even more fascinating to me!

Overall this was a fun new fantasy & a great series to debut with, I'd recommend it!
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the final book in the Chronicles of Ghadid, and it's a good tie-up to the trilogy. I really like the two new main characters, especially the nonbinary love interest. And I like the end of Amastan's arc. I still wish there had been some more diving into the world-building, and would love to know more about the sajaami. But I really love what's there, and it's nice to have a queer-friendly world. ...more
Reese Hogan
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic conclusion to Doore’s Chronicles of Ghadid trilogy. There was a new worldbuilding element that I was fascinated by, the return of a character from the first book, a likable interesting heroine, and to top it off, a nonbinary love interest, all set in the same unique desert landscape I’ve fallen in love with. I’m looking forward to future books by Doore!
Kendra Lawrence
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I want more! This was a good read, so I am giving it 4 stars, but I wish the ending had felt a little more conclusive, and I would have liked to have seen more of a certain reunion. It felt like there were a lot of loose ends. At the very least, I wish the epilogue had been longer. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable read.
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from Tor and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Remember when I said that The Impossible Contract upped the emotional game for me. Well The Unconquered City took all of that, added ten times the emotional weight, and absolutely crushed me. In a good way. I promise.

The Unconquered City is set seven years after the events of The Impossible Contract. This time, the story follows Illi Basbowen, one of the last assassin’s being trained before the siege, but now works as pa
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Love this book, love this series!

Doore knocks it out of the park once again, and I'm contemplating restarting with book 1 just so I can revisit old friends and appreciate the seeds that were being planted for this payoff.
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Third and final book in the series. It expands the world of Ghadid once again and manages to tie up many threads from the earlier books.
A couple of characters find lurve.
Breanna Teintze
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant capstone to an endlessly inventive, heart-pounding trilogy. Also, Doore needs to stop making me cry so much. (Just kidding. Never stop.)
Leader of the Pack
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great conclusion to the Chronicles of Ghadid! I enjoyed this series a lot and hope to see more from Doore soon.
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it
5 star - Perfect
4 star - i would recommend
3 star - good
2 star - struggled to complete
1 star - could not finish
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K.A. Doore grew up in Florida, but has since lived in lush Washington, arid Arizona, and cherry-infused-everything Michigan. While recovering from climate whiplash, she has raised chickens, learned entirely too much about property assessment, photographed cacti, and now develops online trainings, none of which has anything to do with – or perhaps has everything to do with – her BA in Classics.


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