The Hidden City by Michelle West

The Hidden City

The House War #1

Michelle West

fiction fantasy adventurous mysterious slow-paced

754 pages | first published 2008

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In this epic fantasy series for fans of George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb, Jewel Markess must contend with deadly court politics, and visions of looming magical threats. Orphaned and left to fend for herself in the slums of Averalaan, Jewel Marke...
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Summary of 130 reviews


dark 57%
mysterious 42%
adventurous 28%
challenging 28%
emotional 28%
reflective 28%
tense 28%
hopeful 14%


slow 100%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 57% | Character: 42%

Strong character development?

Yes: 71% | No: 28%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 71% | It's complicated: 14% | No: 14%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 33% | No: 16%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 66% | No: 33%

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