Generic personalities kept me from investing in the characters, which forestalled any real interest in the story, with the result that even though this is an easy read with a reasonably-paced, adventure-oriented plot, it took me a long time to finish. The best word to describe The Drowning City is noir. By subscribing, you get access to a huge library of multimedia content, which is updated daily. But: 1 Also uninteresting characters. I'm glad I finally took the plunge; I'm also glad that I waited long enough that after finishing the first book I could jump straight to the second and then the third. It proved to be a basically enjoyable light read, and gets points for a big, blow-everything-open climax.
Even early on she realizes the horror of what she is working for, for success will mean death of innocents and even friends. For a first novel it held lots of promise and I think with time she will become an amazing fantasy writer; especially if she adds a glossary to her books. I suppose one could say it was closer to the way superhero abilities work, where characters specialize in a singular realm of abilities rather than the Gandalf-anything-goes type of magic. The story was slow going, the writing style felt clunky, and the characters annoyed me. All she has to do is find and finance the revolutionaries, and help topple the palaces of Symir. And that was the true reason she was here, the reason she would go where she was sent, no matter how ugly the mission. It was an okay book.
I do not think the native families were indeterminate or in infinite number? The story is set in the city of Symir and features Isyllt Iskaldur, a necromancer and spy sent on a secret mission to find and finance the revolutionaries. I hesitate to call it a standalone novel, because the end leaves open major questions in the political plot that may be addressed in the sequel though that has an entirely different setting , but the book does tell a complete story. This might have worked better if we had actually seen Isyllt in Selafai and known what she was hoping to protect. Isyllt is a necromancer spy, sent to the steamy south to sow trouble in a rival empire. The tale is told through the alternating viewpoints of Isyllt, Zhirin, and Xinai as each strives to discomfit or destroy the imperial forces. Overall Reading Experience: What can I say? Issylt, the main character, has been sent to support the revolutionaries to overthrow their rulers and she starts off neutral.
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A Roman necromancer comes to the Egyptian-conquered Filipino empire in order to stir up rebellion. The three of them suffer immense heartache, physical pain, and betrayal along the way, and aren't all on the same side either. The characters were definitely challenged with a decent balance of internal and external conflicts. Within heartbeats the iron shell crumbled in her hands, black powder hissing to the ground. As Downum grew older, she formed a Goth persona from reading novels such as The Hobbit and Prince Caspian and reading H.
And I must admit that I'm not curious to read the next book in the series. I will say this: 1 The book has good world building. My biggest complain was the lack of a glossary so I found myself a bit twisted around by the names and words she used in her story. Amanda Downum was born in Virginia, and has since spent time in Indonesia, Micronesia, Missouri, and Arizona. Overall, I was too distracted by the seemingly lack of syntax to enjoy the book. It's a high three, possibly even a three and a half, if they existed, but I just can't go higher than that with a book that kept me interested but not emotionally engaged.
A couple of my friends loved it, a couple didn't like it so much but loved the second book, so I thought I would be reasonably likely to enjoy it, but wasn't in a hurry to pick it up. Is the connection to the land more important than family? Sadly enough, this book doesn't contain much more than a promising setting. There was definitely room for improvement. No, the novel did not completely satisfy me, but I will still be searching for the next book in the series, interested to see how Amanda Downum continues to develop this intriguing world. I liked the prose too.
And violent revolutionaries who will stop at nothing to overthrow the corrupt Imperial government. I give this book 3 stars. Forensic necromancer comes south to the drowning city to secretly foment revolt. A trading metropolis filled with pirates, revolutionaries, and spies, constantly in fear of being washed away by the mighty Mir River or destroyed by the lurking volcano nearby. It's also nice to see several strong female protagonists. However, the execution of these things was nicely done.
My description may make the whole thing sound like an incredibly convoluted thrill-a-minute ride but in fact the story unfolds in a stately manner. It's nice not only to have strong female protagonists, but a variety of them, with diverse backstories and abilities. Here is where the story fell short for me. That isn't to say she isn't kick-ass, but she works within the system well, her country's system - she is a spy , uses her skills when necessary, but knows her weaknesses. The prospect of something different shot this book up to the top of my list. This goes for our main protagonist, Isyllt, as well. The fact that I found the descriptions so evocative but had little trouble setting the book aside sums up my experience of this novel.
The Drowning City is the first book in an upcoming trilogy, The Necromancer Chronicles. I only mention it because it felt like it happened often enough to make me reread dialogue on occasion. I would have given two and a half stars but that is not possible. If there is a criticism to be made it is that at time Isylt seems somewhat passive not in her actions but in her decision-making and her motivations not always entirely clear. Not many first-time novelists are willing to smash an intricate setting, but Downum fuses confidence with unpredictability and goes for the gusto in her last act. Amanda Downum may very well be my new favorite author.