The City of Dusk by Tara Sim (The Dark Gods #1)

The Four Realms—Life, Death, Light, and Darkness—all converge on the city of dusk.

But the gods have withdrawn their favor from the once thriving and vibrant metropolis. And without it, all the realms are dying.

Unwilling to stand by and watch the destruction, the four heirs to divine power—Angelica, an elementalist with her eyes set on the throne; Risha, a necromancer fighting to keep the peace; Nikolas, a soldier who struggles to see the light; and Taesia, a shadow-wielding rogue with a reckless heart—will become reluctant allies in the quest to save their city.

But their rebellion will cost them dearly.

TITLE: The City of Dusk
AUTHOR: Tara Sim
YEAR: 2022
LENGTH: 576 pages
AGE: Adult
GENRE: Fantasy

Queer Rep Summary: Lesbian/Sapphic Main Character(s), Bi/Pan Main Character(s), Genderqueer/Nonbinary Minor Character(s), Trans Secondary Character(s).

DNF 229 pages in (40%).

This has a lot of story elements I’d normally like, but for some reason it’s just not working for me. I gave it a month and it started to feel like a chore.

I think I’m having trouble because of the size of the cast. It starts out with four main characters (with one more important one who isn’t a POV character) and then adds another one. They’re all in the same city and there’s a degree of redundancy as one character learns something and then one or two others figure it out separately. Whatever the reason, I’m not enjoying it and I’m stopping.

Graphic/Explicit CW for grief.

Moderate CW for sexual content, cursing, racism, xenophobia, kidnapping,  blood, gore, violence, injury detail, medical content, chronic illness, animal death, death.

Minor CW for alcohol, self harm, police brutality, parental death, child death.

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