The Drowning City

The Drowning City

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Symir -- the Drowning City. home to exiles and expatriates, pirates and smugglers. And violent revolutionaries who will stop at nothing to overthrow the corrupt Imperial government.

For Isyllt Iskaldur, necromancer and spy, the brewing revolution is a chance to prove herself to her crown. All she has to do is find and finance the revolutionaries, and help topple the palaces of Symir. But she is torn between her new friends and her duties, and the longer she stays in this monsoon-drenched city, the more intrigue she uncovers -- even the dead are plotting.

As the waters rise and the dams crack, Isyllt must choose between her mission and the city she came to save.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316069045
0316069043
9781841498140
1841498149
Characteristics: 370 p. : map ; 18 cm

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blueroo276
Oct 16, 2012

The author is attempting to tell a very complicated story of spies and conspiracies in a magical world. I found it rather hard to follow--lots of characters and factions, none of which the reader gets to know deeply. However, I think this is the author's first novel; I have hopes that she will be worth reading after a few more books.

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Riftborn75
Mar 18, 2011

Detailed and expansive. The story flowed smoothly but I think I just may have been jaded to the plights of the characters. Still an excellent piece of work.

JCLRachelC Dec 23, 2010

This is quite possibly the best piece of original high fantasy I've read in...just about forever. Rich, detailed worldbuilding, an intricate plot, characters with complex motivations, and, rarest of all in fantasy literature, more strong, capable women than you can shake a stick at. The only downside I could really see is that there are so many characters that it was hard to keep track of them at first. I think I'll want to reread the book so I have a better grasp of who's doing what at the beginning.

Symir is a city reluctantly under the governance of a massive empire. Isyllt—necromancer and spy—and her two bodyguards go there to find the rebellion and fund them in order to keep the empire too busy to look at her country. They find two main factions of rebellion: one hoping for peacable negotiation for freedom and another looking to slaughter all of the invaders and native sympathizers.

The glorious mess of different people—all doing what they think is the right and best thing—coming together in fire, flood, and blood is fantastic, complex, and has me deeply wanting the next book, and the next, and the next. Amanda Downum may very well be my new favorite author.

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