David Benioff’s City of Thieves

After finishing Game of Thrones, I was interested in reading the book written by one of the show’s principal writers, David Benioff. I am pleased to report that the book is excellent.

City of Thieves is a book inspired by the true events of his Grandfather and takes place during the siege of Leningrad. After his Grandfather Lev is taken in by the Russian police, he meets an army deserter named Kolya. The colonel at their prison offers them a way out, to find a dozen eggs for his daughter’s wedding and get freedom and ration cards. If not, they would be back in prison for as long as they lived.

Benioff’s story is fun and heartbreaking, managing to weave humor with horrifying aspects of Leningrad during siege time. The prose is also easy to understand and deft. It is a short book but an incredibly fun and fascinating read. This is an excellent historical fiction book.