Review: The Nameless City


Title: The Nameless City (The Nameless City #1)
Author: Faith Erin Hicks
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: First Second
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

The City has many names… and no name.

Built on an ancient mountain pass, the City is forever being invaded by one nation or another, and every new master gives it a new name. But for the natives, their home is the Nameless City, and those who try to name it are forever outsiders.

Dreamy, sheltered Kaidu is one such outsider. He’s a Dao born and bred–a son of the latest nation to occupy the Nameless City. Cynical, street-smart Rat is a native, and at first she hates Kai for everything he stands for. But Kai’s love of his new home may be the one thing that can unite these two unlikely friends. And they will need to stand together at all costs…

…because the fate of the Nameless City rests in their hands.



This middle grade graphic novel was recommended to me by the 10 year old girl I look after. She said I “had to read it!” It was really good.

I liked the setting of this ancient Asian city. It is “nameless” because every group who conquers it gives it a different name. Since the name is always changing, it is actually nameless, because everyone calls it something different.

I loved the art in this book. Some of the lines were blurred to show movement in the pictures. There was a lot of running in the story, which was demonstrated really well with that technique. One thing that I didn’t like was that some of the men looked the same. This was especially confusing because they were on different sides of an argument so I kept getting them mixed up.

This book is a great start to the series.

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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