Cover of City of Illusions.

City of Illusions

author: Ursula K. Le Guin (1967)
series: Hainish Cycle #3
date read: 2018-08-20
pages: 160
lists: scifi
rating: β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜†

City of Illusions is part of the Heinish Cycle, and a good one at that! This book starts out slow, and then meanders, and then reaches a good ending – that is cut way too short, in my opinion. As is common with Ursula K. le Guin, we see the protagonist on a not-quite-intentional journey. The large time gaps in the beginning helped to keep the story moving, and made me feel invested in the protagonist’s search for his past, without feeling that I was just seeing a common trope. The resolution was typical of le Guin, who rarely shies away from difficult discussions and decisions. If only the ending hadn’t been so short! I’d love to read a book on the last 20% of the story plus what came after.

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