Something for everyone - vivid illustrations, great storytelling, characters you'll cheer for!


Built along a river through the mountains, the City rests between three nations, each vying for control of its resources and trade. Though many desire to control the City (and give it new names), only its natives seem to truly value it. To them t is called the Nameless City and everyone else is forever an outsider.

The latest occupants, the Dao, desperately cling to their control over the City. Kaidu, a young Dao, is training to be a warrior like his father, General Andren. Kaidu sneaks out into the city and meets Rat, a young street urchin who dislikes the Dao. The two make an unlikely pair, but stumble across a plot much larger than either of them. Now, the fate of the Nameless City in their hands.

Teen Voluntee Reviewer (17):
I enjoyed this book and would read it again. The illustrations are vivid and the storytelling is impressive. I was expecting to read a much less mature book, but upon finishing it I realized that the book is suitable for all ages. It explores universal themes with charming protagonists who any reader is sure to root for.

The characters are fleshed out and likable, with the Nameless City itself acting as a character, living and breathing life into the pages. The book's themes of unlikely friendship make the interactions between characters heartwarming, and the story becomes more and more gripping as it progresses.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers will be surprised by the story. The vivid illustrations will draw them in, and then they won't be able to resist joining the two main characters in what they discover about their "home town."

Content Awareness Factors:

There is some violence and injury to characters, especially towards the book's climax, but nothing too explicit is shown on the page.

Type of Book:
This is a graphic novel story for preteens and teens. It is a book you can read with all ages.
Educational Themes:

The book explores some themes of appreciating different cultures and understanding history.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Age of child:
Student Volunteer. Reviewer Age: 17
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. The vivid artwork and storytelling match well and make for a great read.

Title The Nameless City

The Nameless City, Book 1

Author Faith Erin Hicks
Publisher First Second Books © 2016
Illustrators Faith Erin Hicks, Jordie Bellaire
ISBN 9781626721562
Material Paperback
Cost $14.99
Genres Adventure, Fantasy, Friendship, Comics | Graphic Novels, Asia | Asian People
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