Cover of Iron Council.

Iron Council

author: China Miéville (2004)
series: New Crobuzon #3
date read: 2018-09-02
pages: 576
lists: fantasy
rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I think The Iron Council was weaker than The Scar (which is the previous volume in the Bas-Lag/New Crobuzon trilogy), but I enjoyed it nearly as much, because I’m a sucker for revolutions. Also, it’s noticeable just how skilled China Miéville is at talking about cities – each of the stories in the series describes at least one fundamentally foreign, weird city with a mix of cultures and races among the inhabitants, and thanks to the sublte worldbuilding and depth, I feel invested and interested in every one of them.

I’m now done with the trilogy, and I’m very happy I read it. I’ll explore other works by China Miéville next!

Related books Books related to the whole series are linked at the first part of the series.