Review – The Monstrous Citadel by Mirah Bolender

The Monstrous Citadel

Book Title: The Monstrous Citadel

Book Description: The Monstrous Citadel is the sequel to Mirah Bolender's City of Broken Magic--a fast-paced, adventure fantasy where a bomb squad defuses the magic weapons of a long forgotten war. Amicae, City of Sweepers, survived the Falling Infestation which nearly destroyed it thanks to the efforts of Laura and Okane. While the ancient monsters have been beaten back for the moment, new and more monstrous dangers face them in the form of belligerent bureaucracy, dangerous gangs, grasping Sweepers bent on personal glory . . . And Rex, the City of Kings, who breed their own kind of monstrosity. Laura and Okane must go to Rex to reclaim the secret weaponry that keeps Amicae safe and come face to face with a horrifying truth about the Rex and their designs on all of Orien's cities.

Book Author: Mirah Bolender

Book Format: Paperback

Date published: 2019-11-05

Number Of Pages: 416

  • Writing - 10/10
  • Development - 9/10
  • Overall - 9.5/10
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The Monstrous Citadel

The Monstrous Citadel is the second novel in Mirah Bolender’s Chronicles of Amicae series. And it is also one of the novels I’ve been most anxiously waiting for this past year. Once again, we’re back in Amicae, a city torn apart by the infestations they were so convinced they had chased out of the city.

In a world with magic, dark creatures lurk just out of sight. Magical artifacts can attract these creatures, creating dangerous infestations. No city is free of the risk, no matter how long Amicae thought they were above it all. And that is where the Sweepers come in. It’s their job to keep their cities clean of infestations. Unfortunately, Amicae is down to only two of them, thanks to their hubris. But Laura and Okane are more than willing to continue putting up the fight.

Mirah Bolender - The Monstrous Citadel
Mirah Bolender – The Monstrous Citadel

The Chronicles of Amicae has quickly become one of my favorite series of all time, so my review might be just a tiny bit biased. But I’d like to think that this could be considered a recommendation in and of itself.


Mirah Bolender‘s story is one that wormed into my brain and has refused to leave. Ever since City of Broken Magic came out, I’ve found myself desperate to see more in this world. And The Monstrous Citadel lived up to the insane expectations formed within my head.

This was a dynamic and fast-paced read. It had so many twists and turns, along with plenty of shocking developments. It would seem that Amicae is changing, regardless of how they feel about it. And the world is getting just a little bit larger in the process.

Mirah Bolender increased the complexity of this world by adding more political scheming and aspirations. Suddenly, there are a whole lot more people trying to take a little bit of the world for themselves. Or perhaps now we’re simply aware of it. But that wasn’t all there was to love about this novel. Laura has always been the perfect leading lady—determined, opinionated, and unafraid to be different. But this novel gave us more opportunities to be charmed by her Sweeper partner, Okane.


The Monstrous Citadel was a lot of things. Bolender was able to fit so much into this book; it’s almost hard to believe. And yet the novel itself doesn’t feel rushed. Instead, it seems to steadily move forward, throwing Laura and Okane from moment to moment.

One thing is for sure, this novel will keep you on the edge of your seat. There are so many shocking twists and turns. Some of them are hinted at early on, and thus made complete sense when the truth was outed. But others were truly shocking, and carried with them a great amount of emotional depth.

It seemed like I blinked my eyes, and The Monstrous Citadel was over with. Okay, that’s not entirely accurate. My point is that I read it so quickly, rather than savoring it. I do regret that a little bit, especially because now I have a long wait for any news about the next novel in the series.


The Monstrous Citadel was another fascinating read in this series. Once again, we’ve been transported back to Amicae, and all of the characters we’ve grown to love. It is a broken world, in many ways, but a fascinating one, nonetheless.

I honestly loved everything about this book. But as I mentioned above, I might be ever-so-slightly biased. And frankly, I’m okay with that. So, seriously, give this series a try. And let me know if you end up as hooked on it as I am.

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