I'm currently behind on reviews, so don't be surprised if the recent reviews are a bit sparse.

City of Lies

Cover of City of Lies.

White-hat assassin siblings have to defend the realm. It’s a bit generic. Good parts: the role of the protagonist as defensive poison expert (unusual and refreshing), and a well-handled siege story. The truly stand-out part of the story was starting with the narrator highlighting the wonderful high-culture city they live in, and then pivoting over time to show the rotting foundations the realm is built on. Well-done, though having only the perspective of the whiny aristocracy took some getting used to.

Not interesting enough to continue.