The Stone Heart (The Nameless City)
by Faith Erin Hicks
Review by Gayle Surrette
First Second Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781626721586
Date: 04 April 2017 List Price $14.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
The Stone Heart builds on incidents that occurred in The Nameless City with the same characters. Kai and Rat are once again in danger, but they have learned things about the palace and the people now in power that can be dangerous to know.
Politics and ambition drive the plot as there is an assassination in the palace and others whisper to the new leader to move him to do their bidding. There is a rumor of a hidden book that may give the new leadership power and secrets that would allow them to destroy their enemies.
Orders are given to capture Kai and kill Rat. The two friends manage to escape and search for Kai's father. The monastery may no longer be a safe haven.
There's a lot of action and intrigue. Kai and Rat need to learn to trust each other even more as they try to set things right using the skills and knowledge they have gained.
The artwork is bright, clear, and keeps the characters recognizable making it easier to follow the flow of the story. The art and words work well together to give the story depth and texture -- showing that there are others involved in these events not just the main characters. The life of the citizens of the city is impacted by these events.
There are also Character sketches at the end in the Author's Note section. There will be another book in the series which hopefully will let us know that Kai and Rat are still moving forward with their efforts to help the city.