Publisher's Note:  

Kaidu and Rat have only just recovered from the assassination attempt on the General of All Blades when more chaos breaks loose in the Nameless City: deep conflicts within the Dao nation are making it impossible to find a political solution for the disputed territory of the City itself.

To complicate things further, Kaidu is fairly certain he's stumbled on a formula for the lost weapon of the mysterious founders of the City. . . . But sharing it with the Dao military would be a complete betrayal of his friendship with Rat. Can Kai find the right solution before the Dao find themselves at war?

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by First Second Books

The Stone Heart (The Nameless City #2)

by Faith Erin Hicks

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Overall Review:  

The adventures of Rat and Kaidu continue in Faith Erin Hicks second graphic novel in The Nameless City trilogy, The Stone Heart (The Nameless City #2), which is inspired by 13th-century China.

Affairs in the Nameless City seem to be on the path towards peace between the governing Dao and the local residents after Rat and Kaidu interceded the assassination attempt of a high-level government official. Little do these two characters know, politics is a messy business, especially between family, and things are close to unraveling. 

With Rat and Kaidu’s friendship now firmly developed, lighter more jovial moments are fewer and farther in-between as the political intrigue and unrest that loomed in the shadows of the previous book, now take center stage. 

While its predecessor was more playful (The Nameless City (The Nameless City #1)), this novel takes things up a notch with some subject matter (please see content review below), and may not be as suitable for younger readers. 

The skill and creativity the author presents with her full color illustrations draws readers into the adventurous storyline. The easy flow of the narrative with the coalition of emerging characters and their motivating pasts, keep the reader's attention and eager for more. 

The secret that is sought could either threaten to tear this diverse city apart or save it. Readers will have to wait to find out in the third and final installment which has yet to be titled or given a release date.

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Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Report of failed assassination attempt (mentioned a few times); question of killing/execution; report of stealing; report of violent battles; extended scene (about 1 page) memory of parents’ death, illegal selling of weapons; adult grabs child forcefully, child is smacked down; extended scene (about 3 pages) adult and child spar; non-descriptive violent death, son kills father; order to kill (2x); extended scene (about 6 pages) children and adult fight, choking, punching, throwing object; report of murder; character injured, depiction of blood; report of family members killing one another for power; threat of burning down a building; characters sword fight; building is set on fire. 

Sex/Nudity:  Adolescent male has a crush on another adolescent male; boy is depicted as shirtless for swimming; report of parents falling in love and marrying.

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War, civil unrest, tyranny, murder, family members killing family members.

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Reviewed By MaryLou
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