Waiting on Wednesday – City of Last Chances by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Welcome to my weekly segment, Waiting on Wednesday, where I look at upcoming books that I am planning to order and review in the next few months and which I think I will really enjoy.  I run this segment in conjunction with the Can’t-Wait Wednesday meme that is currently running at Wishful Endings.  Stay tuned to see reviews of these books when I get a copy of them.  For this week’s Waiting on Wednesday I take a look at an epic upcoming fantasy novel from the extremely talented Adrian Tchaikovsky, City of Last Chances.

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Earlier this year I finally got a chance to check out something from highly acclaimed fantasy and science fiction author, Adrian Tchaikovsky, when I read the fantastic Warhammer 40,000 novel, Day of Ascension.  This dark and intense novel was a lot of fun and made me an instant fan of Tchaikovsky, an author I have been meaning to read for a long time, especially after all the awesome sounding series and standalone novels he has created over the years.  As such, when I saw that Tchaikovsky had a cool new fantasy novel coming out later this year, I knew that I would have to grab it.

This upcoming book is City of Last Chances, an awesome read that will examine a deadly revolution that occurs within an occupied city.  This novel, which is currently set for release in December 2022, has a great sounding plot that sees the city of Ilmar rebelling against its occupiers when ancient magic is unleashed once again.  I really love the sound of this book and if Tchaikovsky’s writing is on point again, which I am sure it will be, then City of Last Chances is going to be one of the best fantasy books of the year.


Arthur C. Clarke winner and Sunday Times bestseller Adrian Tchaikovsky’s triumphant return to fantasy with a darkly inventive portrait of a city under occupation and on the verge of revolution.

There has always been a darkness to Ilmar, but never more so than now. The city chafes under the heavy hand of the Palleseen occupation, the choke-hold of its criminal underworld, the boot of its factory owners, the weight of its wretched poor and the burden of its ancient curse.

What will be the spark that lights the conflagration?

Despite the city’s refugees, wanderers, murderers, madmen, fanatics and thieves, the catalyst, as always, will be the Anchorwood – that dark grove of trees, that primeval remnant, that portal, when the moon is full, to strange and distant shores.

Ilmar, some say, is the worst place in the world and the gateway to a thousand worse places.

Ilmar, City of Long Shadows.

City of Bad Decisions.

City of Last Chances.

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