City on Clouds

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
With her thesis on the Children’s Crusade of 1212, and her life in general, going nowhere, Alisha volunteers to teach English in a remote village in Sudan, only to get more than she bargained for. Two stories instead of one, with all the dark magical realism of a medieval tale. Only, one of them isn’t medieval... More

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About Marco Peel

Made in Greece, born in Holland, raised in Mexico and educated in Australia, he finished his studies in Belgium to work in the Far East, Europe and the Carribean.

A few years ago, he left his shoes at home to walk the Camino de Santiago. Architect and composer, he now lives in Spain with his wife and two sons.


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Review by: rhonda farrell on Sep. 14, 2014 :
This story swept me up into all the tumultuous drama and unclaimed love just waiting to be discovered. It took me on a dangerous journey that spans through the ages and across the distant lands to a crusade that happened many years ago. Wrapped up in the story is a more current time of war and strife that leaves you aching with the dangers that await Alisha at every turn. This book will leave you with an emotional roller coaster of feelings. To me the writing was descriptive, gripping and one that I am so glad to have had the opportunity to read! I felt like I was reading a book by an accomplished author who has been writing for many years and who has already had other popular titles. This is definitely worth your time to read.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
Review by: Sarah Briggs on Sep. 9, 2014 :
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I did find this book to be a bit difficult to read. Although it was mostly well-written, I found the different first-person perspectives to be quite distracting and they changed so much, it was hard to fully relate to any of the characters. Although they were interesting, I did find it difficult to empathise with any of them.

The relationships were interesting ones, but the amount of love triangles did make my head spin a bit. I felt the author did a good job of showing the conflicts in the 1212 portion of the story, but it didn't feel as strong with Alisha's story.

I wasn't expecting this book to be as dark as it was. It was interesting to see the parallels between the two different storylines, but I was a bit disappointed as to the explanation of the parallels.

This book was mostly well-written, with only a few errors that I noticed. I did also spot the barefoot thing, but it wasn't made as big a deal as it was in the other book. It was also good to see a reference to the events of the other book, too.

I think I would have been able to connect better to the characters if there'd been less first-person POVs. I felt some of those weren't necessary to include and it did make it hard to connect with them. I'm not sure I'd read this book again, but I found it interesting and entertaining to read the first time.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)

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