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The Nameless City: 07/05/16
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks is the start of a new graphic novel series set in an ancient but vibrant city. Kaidu has come to the city to be with his father and to become a warrior. Rat is a city native, living on the streets with the help from the Named, the monks who somehow manage to keep all the different factions at peace. A subtle detail behind the Nameless City is that it's shaped like the peace sign.
A chance meeting between Kaidu and Rat leads to an unlikely friendship, one based initially on him sneaking food out to her and she teaching him how to navigate the city from the rooftops. The longer they spend together the more obvious it becomes that the thirty years of Dao rule might be coming to an end.
This first volume has a lot going on. There's the world building of the city and the numerous cultures that all want it for it's location on the river. There is the character building of Kaidu, Rat, the leader of the Dao, Kaidu's father, and of course, the Named.
A city with an epic history can't be contained in a single volume. The Stone Heart comes out in April 2017.