This was a terrific read, hands down.
The premise is hard to recount without sounding like you’re either dreaming or dropping acid, and I suppose that’s why the cover blurb is so wildly inaccurate and mega-spoilery. If you are able to pick up the book and read it without reading that blurb you’ll be in for a huge treat, as the book description spoils what would otherwise be a great twist.
This is a book that will give you a fine several hours of good reading entertainment and leave you eager to start the next in the series.
So why only 4 stars?
Because I have a hard time with the one gaping hole in the premise, namely—
The big deal is that the city owes its fortunes to this subdeity who was conjured and controlled by a Poet. So it would seem if the Poet and his creation are the lynchpin of this society that they would both pretty much be under house arrest. At one point the subdeity IS placed in a “torture box” (essentially a detention cell). But then the poet just gets tired of that arrangement and lets the subdeity out of the box. No big deal. Doesn’t have to answer to the Khai (mayor/king/caliph sort of fellow). It stretches credulity that these fellows can be so important yet so completely left to their own devices and therefore vulnerable to assasination.