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Reviewed by Steven Robson for Readers' Favorite
The City of Locked Doors in the novel by Keegan and Tristen Kozinski is Umbras: a seething conglomerate of mechanized mayhem, where the supernatural meets plague-ridden humanity in a wild dance of survival and rebirth. This is a brutal city of towering structures, underworld tunnels, districts controlled by Proctors, and beings of incredible variety and portent, where each night brings absolute terror. Into this world strides Noir, a person shrouded in mystery on a path that is equally mysterious. What quickly becomes evident is that Noir is no ordinary man, as those that stand in his way soon discover. Only by following his path through jaw-dropping action and adventure will you peel away each layer of the unknown until you arrive at the climactic discovery of his true intent, a destination shocking in its revelation.
Keegan and Tristen Kozinski have created, in The City of Locked Doors, a truly unique work that is quite different from anything else I have read. From my perspective, the masterful touch was how Noir carries the second personality, which allowed him to have wonderful interactions within himself, many of which were nicely humorous and very appropriate. Another stand-out was the shock value of some of Noir’s actions, which often caught you unprepared. The other characters were all compelling with real depth, and in some ways, I wish these were explored further, especially Adrian, who was somewhat of an enigma to me. This is a great read for those not put off by gore, who seek interesting, action-packed science fiction brimming with new concepts.