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Tumanbay: Once the most magnificent city on Earth - now the dark heart of an empire that lies in ruins.

Occupied by the fanatical forces of the mysterious cult of Maya, corpses hang from the gallows, and citizens are flogged for next to nothing.

Barakat, leader of the Inquisition, leads the purge. Gregor, former spymaster to the Sultan, lives in fear. Madu, heir to the throne, is opiated and installed as a puppet ruler. And Qulan, the great general, rots in prison.

But the history of Tumanbay shows that those who can rise to power can just as easily fall.

And there are whispers of rebellion, of a reckoning - as well as rumblings of plague on the horizon....

©2021 Walker Dryden (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

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Magnificent!

This is the continuation of City of a Thousand Faces so listen to that first... you won't regret it.

I confess I'm a fan of the radio series and have listened to that multiple times. But it's really nice to listen in another format that explores the story more deeply.

The best part about Tumanbay, for me, is its nuanced characters who mirror the darkness and light of the sparkling city above versus the cavernous world below. They’re far from perfect, nuanced and three-dimensional, with motivations that feel justified and realistic... because of that, they really come alive in your mind and you just want to spend time with them.

The Guardian compared the radio play to Game of Thrones but it feels more like a very grown up Aladdin or Arabian nights and personally, I find Tumanbay far more enjoyable because of the immediacy of its twisting plot whereas GOT, by comparison, feels like you're always waiting for something to happen.... waiting for the climax.

Loved it. Waiting with bated breath for the next instalment.


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