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City of the Snakes

(The City Trilogy #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  890 ratings  ·  45 reviews
For ten years Capac Raimi has ruled the City. Created by the first Cardinal to continue his legacy, Capac cannot be killed.

Then Capac disappears. His trusted lieutenant, Ford Tasso, suspects the mysterious villacs, ancient and powerful Incan priests. To Ford, only one man has the cunning to outwit such adversaries-Al Jeery, who has taken the guise of his father, the terrif
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published June 2nd 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published March 1st 2010)
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Toni • Reviews & Randomness 17+ but it's the 3rd book in a trilogy. Start with "Procession of the Dead".

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Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
My favorite moment in Batman comics is when he descends from above, out of the darkness into the panel, crushing some criminal beneath him. Dangerous, right?

In fact, Batman is the most dangerous person in Gotham City, even though he never kills.

In City of the Snakes, Shan has a character, Al Jeery AKA Paucar Wami, who is supposed to be the most dangerous assassin in "The City," and of course in the world as well.

There's a trick to associating danger with your character. Some authors go for the p
Ahmad Sharabiani
Apr 25, 2015 marked it as to-read
City of the Snakes (The City Trilogy #3), D.B. Shan
Drew Budds
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
loved this book so much from beginning to the end. a really good read and i hope darran shan continues writing adult books as good as this
May 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, fantasy, library
I like this trilogy because it's trying for something different than the usual genre fare, but I don't think this conclusion lived up to its potential.

It's ten years after the events of the first two books, and Capac Raimi is barely holding the City together when the ghosts of his past start distracting him from the problems of his present. Al Jeery haunts the streets in the guise of his legendary father, searching for the man who ruined his life. Then Capac disappears. Al agrees to find him in
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Nick Duijnstee
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Pure Epic!
Jul 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ten years after, Procession of the Dead and Hell's Horizon, our two leading men are emanating their fathers. Capac Raimi is the new Cardinal, early in his eternal rule of the city. Al Jeery has taken the guise of his father, Pacar Waimi the legendary murderer, only Al only kills those who "deserve" it.

When Capac goes missing, Al is sent to investigate his disappearance. It looks like the villacs, the blind Inca priests are behind it but if so what is their plan? And why do long dead people get
Dana Salman
I just ended up having to force myself to finish this. I really stopped caring about this book; I mean when I finished I didn't feel as though I gained anything out of this trilogy - the characters weren't likable or worth remembering, the story didn't leave an impact, I don't feel like I would've missed anything if I'd never read these books, and in all honestly I am kind of sick of having images of nudity, sex, and bodily torture stuffed into my brain. I gave the first book four stars because ...more
I can sum up the way I felt about this book in three words: I'm quite disappointed.

Well, maybe not that disappointed, but I was, more or less, really disappointed. You see, the first book, Procession of the Dead, is a favorite of mine, and the main character, Capac Raimi, was a protagonist that I was somehow able to empathize with. I loved him. Sadly, I wasn't able to find the next two books anywhere, so imagine my thrill and excitement when I saw the third book just sitting there, on sale and
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-city
Why did the ending make me cry ?!?!?!?
Omg I loved reading this book & the whole trilogy !!
I'm glad I finally did it , cause I got these books about 4-5 months ago , but I'd never gotten the chance to read them. Now I'm really happy that I did , and now I know it was worth it !
The first thing that amused me while reading this one , was that some parts were from Al's point of view , and some were from Capac's. And surprisingly that wasn't disturbing , cause I used to think this method could
Linda Cummings
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He's done it again! I've read every Darren Shan/Dash book I can get my hands on and have never been disappointed.
Mr. Shan's writing skills keep you in the story. Like you're actually with the characters. His imagination and creativity are astounding!
Unique story!
Totally intriguing!
Completely satisfying!
I can't wait to read more from him.
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it

Original review over at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: I was awaiting “City of the Snakes” since the moment I finished “Hell’s Horizon”. I knew that the third book would be taking a time leap and would be featuring characters from both the previous books. After liking the weird but excellent start to the series, I was curious how the author planned to end the series and how would Capac and Jeery interact with each other and what would this mean for the City.

The story opens up ten years a
Sep 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who've read the rest of the City trilogy
How I Came To Read This Book: I first read Darren Shan's 'Procession of the Dead' several years ago when I got an Advance Reader Copy from a publisher. I've since promoted the book and read the series, which ends here.

The Plot: It's ten years since the converging storylines of Capac Raimi and Al Jeery met at the end of the second book in the series, Hell's Horizon. Raimi is still instated as an uncertain head of affairs in the city, while Jeery is still in disguise as Paucar Wami, continually on
Nicola Mansfield
Sep 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Reason for Reading: Next and last in the series.

Starting ten years after the events of the first two books we meet up with Capac Raimi again whom we last really saw in Book One, though he was referred to in Book Two. We see that his rule as Cardinal has not gone as smoothly as he had hoped but this is in fact his own doing as he wants to put his plans into action and slowly watch them unfold since he has eternity to fill. But what he hadn't counted on was the power the rival gangs were gaining a
Cameron Moseley
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A theme in the book is murder, this is a theme in the book because as the story progresses the main character Al Jeery “becomes” his dad Paucar Wami and starts killing all of the people who deserved to be killed (killers, lunatics, criminals, thugs, etc.). The moral in the story is never be someone that you are not, this is the moral because as the story goes on Al learns that becoming his dad has started destroying everything around him and everyone he cared about was disappearing or getting ki ...more
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'City of the Snakes' is the third and final book in Darren Shan's urban-fantasy thriller series. Taking place ten years after the first and second books, it sees Al Jeery (book two's narrator) investigate what the mysterious Incan priests are up to, and what has happened to Capac Raimi, the city's Cardinal, who has suddenly disappeared without a trace.

The book opens first of all with a few chapters from the viewpoint of Capac, which I hugely enjoyed; it was great to be back inside Capac Raimi's
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Annnnnnnnnd done.

Again, another story that kind of dragged and nagged my brain. More of the gangster and mystery type solving that isn't my cup of tea, at all. Though, I can still appreciate the fine and sometimes strange details that were put into it. Darren Shan is a fantastic story teller, and I most definitely won't let this deter me from any future books.

Ten years after Capac Raimi took over as Cardinal of the City, things don't appear to be running so smoothly. Things get even worse when
Christine Jones
Mar 13, 2016 rated it liked it
In this final book of the trilogy that began with the Procession of the Dead and continued in Hell's Horizon, Darren Shan finally reveals the mysteries of the Villacs blind priests, the connections between Al Jeery and Capac Raimi and the mysticism that has clouded so much of the story. All is revealed in a slow and drawn out process. We see revenge taken, lost love found, redemption offered and perhaps taken.
I liked the tale that was spun, and there were parts of this book that I really enjoyed
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, I read these a while ago now but they still make me incredibly excited when I think back. I am a Shan worshipper (the newer books, eh, we'll come to that) Demonata and the Darren Shan Saga taking over my life for a good few years while they were being finished. This is a reprint (or rewrite, not sure) and thank god he released it because I'm in love.

You'll find the theme of weird books here, I find myself writing in every review that you can't pick apart the stories too much because it ju
Dwayne Shugert
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sick, dark, evil, twisted, ugly yet brilliant. The City Trilogy takes you on a journey that is full of magic and adventure into a city full of darkness and evil. This book is not for the faint of heart, yet the characters are stunning in their own way. Brilliantly conceived and brilliantly told, this story moves at such a pace that leaves you simply tired and spent. The death, and darkness and evil and the manipulation seems to have no bounds. Yet, there is a choice that needs to be made, a choi ...more
Gregory Gay
Darren Shan's writing is still a bit clumsy, but damnit - I enjoyed this trilogy!

City of the Snakes combines the frantic, action-y style of the first book with the noir-tinged detective style of the second, and the result is pretty good. Overall, this was probably my least favorite of the three, but just by a smidgen.

Not a ton to say here, but check this series out if you're looking for a good dark crime thriller with just a touch of the supernatural (a really neat touch, based on Incan mythol
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have really mixed feelings about the series of books (don't even consider buying only one of them). The plot was interesting, but not compelling. It was very well written, and I enjoyed the characters enormously. It may be the unusual structure of the story that has me confused about how I feel - yet I enjoyed that too. I would recommend it - but only if you're interested in something a bit different: plot & structure.
Trae Brookins
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
While I enjoyed the first novel in this series, this was a let down. I felt that Shan was rewriting some of the mythology that he set out in the first novel just to squeeze in specific storylines and scenes. The characters were uninteresting and I didn't have compassion for (m)any of them. The political machinations were sophomoric and, again, unengaging. By the end of the novel, I just didn't care what happened to any of the characters or the city.
Matt Hott
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it
The weakest book in the City Trilogy. I was excited to read this after reading the first two books, but this book disappointed. The characters seemed tired and worn, and the story seemed to be recycled (even if it wasnt). The interest in the main characters has grown weak and this book finishes the trilogy with a limp versus a sprint.
Jack Shearrer
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Oh Mr. Shan, what are we going to do with you? The City trilogy had promise, but his over the top language and eye roll worthy dialogue drowned it. He tries too hard to be an adult author, but never realized that an adult author needs subtlety. Also, exclamation points have no place in prose outside of dialogue.
Sonja English
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Though not quite as dramatic as Hell's Horizon, this book ties up all the loose ends nicely. The book kind of has a bottle neck affect where the story continues at a gradual pace, but then everything major happens within the last 50 pages making it highly engaging. This trilogy is the one of the best I've read, if not THE best. I highly recommend it.
Rebecca eley
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who liked first two
Shelves: my-cult-fiction
Capac rami and al jeery come together in the last of the trilogy. Heaps more twists and turns you don't really know for sure what is happening to the end. Gets a bit random too which I like. A good end to the trilogy
Jun 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the read, but after all we have been lead up to in the first two books, it was quite the anticlimax. Slightly disappointed, but still read it in one go to get all the final answers. Because you do get them.
Sara Shaw
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOD. HOLLY SHIT. WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?!!?!?!? OMG OMG Paucar Wami the most evil person I ever read about omg omg omg. OMG How could he do that??!?!?!?!!? Al Jeery has the worst life ever huh. Amazing trilogy!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!! BEST ENDING!!! BEST EVERYTHING!!!!! 10000 STARS
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The City Trilogy (3 books)
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