Diamond City: A Novel (City of Steel and Diamond #1) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 1 in the City of Steel and Diamond series.

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This is for fans of Sarah Maas.


Aina was given one more chance when Kohl pulled her out of the slums to be his next blade. But now that has come back to bite her in the butt when she botches a big job.  Now what will she do to fix the mess that she is in, only when the mess keeps getting bigger? Where do her loyalties lie? 

Flores does a wonderful job of bringing this new world to life where everything runs around diamonds.  This is a fast-paced action-adventure that you can’t put down.




"A thrilling adventure, through a vibrant city as alive as any character, about a girl willing to do anything to better her circumstances. " – Emily A. Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Saints

Good things don't happen to girls who come from nothing...unless they risk everything.

Fierce and ambitious, Aina Solís as sharp as her blade and as mysterious as the blood magic she protects. After the murder of her parents, Aina takes a job as an assassin to survive and finds a new family in those like her: the unwanted and forgotten.

Her boss is brutal and cold, with a questionable sense of morality, but he provides a place for people with nowhere else to go. And makes sure they stay there.

DIAMOND CITY: built by magic, ruled by tyrants, and in desperate need of saving. It is a world full of dark forces and hidden agendas, old rivalries and lethal new enemies.

To claim a future for herself in a world that doesn't want her to survive, Aina will have to win a game of murder and conspiracy—and risk losing everything.

Full of action, romance and dark magic, book one of debut author Francesca Flores' breathtaking fantasy duology will leave readers eager for more!

About the Author

Francesca Flores is a writer, traveler and linguist. Raised in Pittsburgh, she read every fantasy book she could get her hands on and started writing her own stories at a young age. She began writing Diamond City while working as a corporate travel manager. When she's not writing or reading, Francesca enjoys traveling, dancing ballet and jazz, practicing trapeze and contortion, and visiting parks and trails around San Francisco, where she currently resides.

Praise For…

"Full of action sequences that will compel readers to keep turning pages, this book is ideal for those who enjoy fast-paced stories ... Give to fans of dystopian stories similar to Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy or James Dashner’s Maze Runner series." – School Library Journal

"With exciting chase scenes full of flying daggers and poison darts, as well as frequent, bloody deaths, Flores’ debut title is all nonstop action and cinematic gore. However, it’s also notable for the multicultural cast of characters, intricate world building, and strong sense of social justice." - Booklist

"An entertaining and action-driven tale of assassins and magic." - Kirkus

"A thrilling adventure, through a vibrant city as alive as any character, about a girl willing to do anything to better her circumstances. " – Emily A. Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Saints

“Just like the metropolis for which it’s named, Diamond City is full of shadows, secrets, and heart-stopping surprises. An absolutely electric debut!” – Crystal Smith, author of Bloodleaf

"Diamond City is a fast-paced book about a heroine I constantly found myself root for. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING." – June Hur, author of Silence of Bones

"Diamond City is epic and enthralling, truly a spectacular, unique, fresh YA fantasy that you cannot miss." – Katie Zhao, author of The Dragon Warrior

"This is a book with a protagonist you will 100% root for, a plot that doesn't let you go, a world that chokes you with its grit and grime and smoke, and a story that will open your eyes and stay with you long after you've turned the last page. " – Amélie Wen Zhao, author of Blood Heir

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250220448
ISBN-10: 1250220440
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: January 28th, 2020
Pages: 400
Series: City of Steel and Diamond