City of Lies (Poison Wars #1) by Sam Hawke

City of Lies (Poison Wars #1)

I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me... Outwardly, Jovan is the lifelong friend of the Chancellor’s charming, irresponsible Heir. Quiet. Forgettable. In secret, he's a master of poisons and chemicals, trained to protect the Chancellor’s family from treachery. When the Chancellor succumbs to an unknown poison and an army lays siege to the city, Jovan and his sister Kalina must protect the Heir and save their city-state. Bu...

Details City of Lies (Poison Wars #1)

TitleCity of Lies (Poison Wars #1)
Release DateJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherTor Books

Reviews City of Lies (Poison Wars #1)

  • Petrik
    ARC provided by the publisher—Tor—in exchange for an honest review.An alluring debut imbued with a perpetual threat of lies and treachery.City of Lies is Sam Hawke’s debut novel and the first book in the Poison Wars series. For the same reason as one of my most anticipated debuts of the year—The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang—I was intrigued by this one because of the amazing cover. Yes, I’m a sucker for a book with great cover art and I’m...
  • Robin Hobb
    My usual caveat: I know Sam Hawke as a personal friend. I don't think this affects what I say about books, but I like to be transparent.Are you tired of books about assassins? Noble assassins, sociopath assassins, assassins you'd like to date, etc? Have you wondered about the flip side of that coin? Who guards against assassins? Who would be in a position to thwart the one(s) eager to put the Chancellor into the ground?This is the tale of Jovan a...
  • Emma
    First in the Poison Wars series, and the debut novel by Sam Hawke, City of Lies starts out as a kind of murder mystery- the Chancellor of Silasta is fatally dosed with a substance unknown to his closest friend, secret guardian and master of poisons, Etan. His death, and the subsequent arrival of a similarly mysterious army outside the gates, seem more than coincidence. Investigations are left to the Chancellor’s Heir, Tain, and his two best fri...
  • Nick T. Borrelli
    Click here for my full review: me start first by thanking Tor Books for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, as the official release date for CITY OF LIES is July 3, 2018. I always appreciating receiving review copies before the actual publication date and I do not ever take that for granted. I also have to admit to being somewhat ignorant with regard to this title until very recently. Howe...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Jovan is the quiet and forgettable friend of Tain, the Chancellor’s charming yet irresponsible Heir. He's also a master of poisons and chemicals. He has been trained to protect the Chancellor’s family from unknown dangers. When the Chancellor falls to an unknown poison and an army lays siege to the city, Jovan and his sister Kalina must protect Tain and save the city-state of S...
  • Ian Segal
    City of Lies is palatably poisonous! There’s no antidote that will counter the effects of being fully enraptured by this book!I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books, in e-book format for an honest and unbiased review. I would like to extend a special thanks to NetGalley, Tor Books, and especially Sam Hawke for crafting an unparalleled tale! New author Sam Hawke delivers us into a world of deception and i...
  •  Charlie - A Reading Machine
    City of Lies was entertaining from start to finish. It was incredibly refreshing to see poison front and centre in a book. City of Lies follows the two viewpoints of brother and sister combo Jovan and Kalina, whose uncle is the poison taster or ‘proofer’ for the ruling chancellor. When they are both killed by an unknown toxin, Jov’s best friend Tain is elevated to the throne and it is up to Jov to not only solve the mystery of who poisoned ...
  • Paul
    Honor-down! City of Lies is a book filled with intrigue and violent passion, young idealism and old-world fanaticism, but most of all a loyalty among friends that will keep readers eagerly coming back for more of this series.Full review here: my reviews can be found here:
  • Judy Lesley
    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for a digital galley of this novel.The greatest misunderstanding on the part of the citizenry living within the walls of Silasta is that those living without are happy with their lot in life. Nothing could be further from the truth as is revealed when the peasants suddenly surround the city and begin to force their way inside with revolution on their minds. As the story unfolds it turns out that the w...
  • Cass
    Thoroughly thrilling! Part espionage intrigue, part class warfare, part murder mystery, CITY OF LIES is a captivating and occasionally heart-wrenching tale. The world is full and detailed: Silasta feels like a real city, with shades of Rome, London, or Tenochtitlan, yet entirely itself. Jovan and Kalina are compelling protagonists, each with glorious strengths and touching vulnerabilities. I greatly enjoyed this and look forward to continuing the...
  • Liz Barnsley
    City of Lies was an incredible piece of storytelling and by far one of my favourite early reads of the year so far.Considering it’s not a short novel I banged through it in record time- pretty much three binge reading sessions where I immersed myself into the the city of Silasta, with its vibrant eclectic cultures and wide range of characters, where we meet Jovan and Kalina, the narrator’s of this epic tale, both of whom you will stick with t...
  • Sharade
    As the kids say, I have all the feels.Review to come. And *yes*, pre-order it you guys. It's awesome.--------------------------------------------------------------------------I received a digital ARC from the publisher, Tor, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Have you ever encountered books that push all the right buttons, play all the right notes, tick all the boxes — in short, fit so well your tastes that it feels like it was writ...
  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.Who said big and chunky epic fantasy novels weren’t appetizing? Debut author Sam Hawke rushes to the table to prove their worth by serving us a delicious tale stuffed with poison, political treachery and ancient spirits. This dish however doesn’t come on the usual silver platter. What we find ourselves in front is a fantasy story grounded in mystery. As rare as they are, Sam Hawke showcases h...
  • Ian Segal
    New author Sam Hawke delivers us into a world of deception and intrigue, framed with the pen strokes of murder and mystery, while immersed inside the scholastics of poisons and all their intricate detail.City of Lies is the debut novel by Sam Hawke—part of her evolving Poison Wars series. The first-person POVs switch from chapter to chapter—very unique, keeping the reader on his or her toes while appreciating other dimensions that are differe...
  • Coolcurry
    City of Lies will likely be one of my top debut novels of 2018. It’s an incredibly well written fantasy novel that has everything I love about fantasy and also feels like a breath of fresh air. The comparisons to Robin Hobb and Naomi Novik are not off base… but I think I actually prefer City of Lies.Jovan and Kalina’s family has a duty: to protect the Chancellor and his heir from death by poison. Their uncle is the Chancellor’s food teste...
  • Henri CB
    Boy I want to read this. If Terry Brooks and Robin Hobb love this book then I can't wait to get my hands on it. When does it come out?
  • Cupcakes & Machetes (Sweet or brutal, you never know which)
    I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Fuck. Yes.One of my favorite reads of 2018 thus far.I’m so bubbled over with excitement that I don’t even know where to begin with this review. I guess with honesty. For about 75% of this book I was convinced it was going to be a 4 star read. Nothing wrong with that at all, but the last 25% really sent me over that edge. If epic fantasy is your preferred ge...
  • Jenia
    Oh my GOD I loved this book. I'm too lazy to write a proper review right now, but here's things this book had that I loved:- NICE CHARACTERS. Everyone wants to solve everything they can as diplomatically as possible. There's an army laying siege outside our gates -> "Let's figure out what they want, can we make a deal with them, are their grievances legitimate?" Tain (the Chancellor) especially would really be besties with Julius from the Heartst...
  • Chris
    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review* City Of Lies is about a great many things: Poison, politics, the moral and ethical obligations a society ha to those working within it, the quality of friendships and, er, more poison. The slow-burn narrative captured by attention and didn’t let it go, and the world drawn showed a marvellous depth of imagination; given this is Sam Hawke’s debut, the series it begins is off to a very strong start....
  • Cheyanne Lepka
    Note: I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This fantastic debut will certainly find it’s place among well-loved fantasy series. It mixes fantasy with mystery and intrigue seamlessly. It was a book that had me guessing right to the end, with the added pressure of literally being penned in and running out of time. I literally went to work sleep deprived this entire week because every time I picked up t...
  • Saruuh Kelsey
    4.5 starsGenuine characters you can root for, a main character with (well-written) anxiety, a main character with chronic illness (who's a super badass), religion represented well and honestly, and a secondary-world siege? Plus MAGIC and GODS at the end? And POISON the whole way through? This is everything I wanted. Plus it wraps up very nicely at the end so you could read it as stand-alone if you're not into series. This book is so good, honestl...
  • Masa ✨
    I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me. If this first sentence doesn’t make want to read this book, I really don’t know what will.City of Lies is interesting debut novel by amazing Sam Hawke, the story of Jovan and Kalina, the proofing family, family which has only one job. For generations, they are protecting Chancellor and risking their lives to save him from any kind of poisoning. Since Kalina’s health was weak, Jovan,...
  • Rose
    Thank you to Tor Books and Net Galley for providing me with a copy of this book for my honest review.City of Lies (Poison Wars) felt more of a mystery than fantasy, luckily I’m a huge mystery fan so that worked in my favor. That said, anyone going into this thinking it’s fantasy might be disappointed. I personally had hoped for more poison, not sure what the says about me. Don’t get me wrong, poison is involved. Every chapter starts with a ...
  • Elizabeth Fitzgerald
    City of Lies is an enthralling novel that subverts fantasy tropes to examine issues of family and class.The story is told from the point of view of two siblings, alternating chapters from each of them. Jovan is a proofer, a young man trained to detect the presence of poison in food. He's bound by honour and friendship to protect Tain, heir to the city of Silastra. That suddenly becomes harder when both his uncle and the Chancellor are killed by a...
  • Hélène Louise
    (I thank Netgalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for sending me the ARC in exchange for my honest review)I’m clearly of two minds about this book. I really liked some aspects of the story, and the writing was passionate and thorough. But on the other hand there were some grating details, which annoyed me especially because I wasn’t always entertained by the story.The beginning was enjoyable. I liked that the three main characters were young, united...
  • Femke
    I was given an ARC by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I love love this book! It's paced perfectly so you don't have to wait ages for the action to start. Kalina and Jovan are awesome characters! Jovan is an expert when it comes to poisons and he's a proofer for the heir of Sjona Tain Caslavtash Iliri. (A proofer is someone who tastes food before it is consumed by others as a way to prevent poisonings). Jovan also has ...
  • Crystal
    Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley"I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me…"Hook, line and sinker. How is it possible to refuse a book that opens that way? I’ll do you one even better, it has a 4-star Goodreads review from Robin Hobb. Yes, please. I’ll take it!City of Lies lives up to its opening. Jovan, is a proofer. He has extensive knowledge and training in poisons and chemistry. His job is not as assa...