E–pub [The Drowning City] by Amanda Downum
Concepts with very little contextual information to allow us to remember what is the meaning or to keep track of what Sivahara Selafa n or meliket refer toSo a few chapters and I do not care to keep reading There is a story here almost surely but the way that story is being told just put me off Next Pre RBRS 12This is a serviceable fantasy There was nothing I can point to that was awful or wrong but it was justplain If I d read it a few years back I probably would ve liked it uite a bit I m just not wild about multi volume pics just because they re multi volume French Daguerreotypes epics anyThe author renames cultures for her world mostly Filipinos and Egyptians but there were also Romans and I think Russians maybe that one popped up in the 2nd book I can t remember the new names so I ll use the old ones A Roman necromancer comes to the Egyptian conuered Filipinompire in order to stir up rebellion See the Romans feared indications of the Egyptians continuing From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies That Everyone Can Read empire building turning towards them and thought to premtively halt these xpansionist plans before they re acted upon The necromancer her name is Isyllt is accompanied by a pair of bodyguards a native American tank of a man and
his Filipino co warrior They meet a half breed magic student who has what becomes an important connection to theFilipino co warrior They Meet A Half Breed a half breed student who has what becomes an important connection to the and another mage who is than he seems The Filipino warrior abandons her charge to join the rebellion There is a nearby volcanoDownum does xplore patriotism with her rival rebel groups one pursuing Doris Salcedo economic disruption and the other using violence against foreigners and collaborators Is the connection to the land important than family Is it a betrayal to make the best of the situation instead of fighting and dying Also just about all her strong characters strong in will strong in power not too strongly described are women There were uite a few different combinations of mother daughter conflictI thought many most of the revelations were too convenient someone coming in with an overheard remark or vital piece of info just in time It took uite a while for things to unfold which could ve been compressed with writing as in not chewing oververy movement but using transitions such as and then or a few hours later Isyllt was injured and for most of the last half of the book and it was wearying to read of another burn on her already slashed arm with the stabbed handAh
*I forgot about the necromancy There are a bunch of rules of *forgot about the necromancy There are a bunch of rules of can and can t be done with that power It just didn t glow I don t know that it was because of the author s style but it felt as mundane as pulling out a hammer to nail something down instead of awe inspiring despite Twelve Days of Pleasure everyone turning white with fear when they realized what Isyllt could do I think it s meIt was an okay book I hear the next one is much better. And the longer she stays in this monsoon drenched city the intrigue she uncoversven the dead are plotting As the waters rise and the dams crack Isyllt must choose between her mission and the city she came to sav. To the 90% of fantasy that isn t of the urban subgenre but I tire of stories taking place in medieval Europe no offense to Europe ither The prospect of something different shot this book up to the top of my list The fact that it was a debut novel didn t deter me With the string of pretty decent debuts fantasy fiction has been getting lately I actually jump at themSettingAs mentioned the setting isn t the standard fantasy backdrop It feels very South Asian in all
landscape clothing food of places people and ven greetings What I Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye enjoyed most about the setting was that it really came alive there was a goo I can t read this It sounded great so great I spent wasted one of my precious 2011 book buying slots on it don t ask Or do if you want a longxplanation The setting is interesting seems like there is a political intrigue plot and the tone of the story overall reminded me a bit of Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France early Flewelling All of these are good things for me But the writing was driving me mad till I finally decided to just uit and go read somethinglseProbably it s me not the author lots of people seem to have been able to process the writing on this book Me I just had to reread paragraph after paragraph to make sure who a pronoun refers to or if the strange made up word is one that already has beenRespects Landscape Clothing Food
referred to or is a place in the map or what on arth it means It was almost ato or is a place in the map or what on arth it means It was almost a to read this since I had to make a conscious concerted Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild effort to try to understand the foreign words with little pay off for thatffort Examples Short jerky sentence structure Like this But worse Sentences without verbs Erratic pronouns Or non Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets existent ones Sometimes you do not know who the pronouns in sentences are if it is the character we started the paragraph with and who is the PoV for the scene or if it is somebodylse mentioned in paragraph I think sometimes it s one sometimes the other Particles also sometimes Electromyography for Experimentalists elided And now Rahal al Seth sat the Lion Throne Uh Sentences which just seem clumsy to me things like Ward posts lined the road simple charms to keep predators away and somethinglse a spell to hold the stones steady if the Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 earth shook Or things like Whatever native families had lived there were long gone I do not think the native families were indeterminate or in infinite number Whatever anyway Personal pet peeve it might very well be just me some repetitiveness in the first lines of chapters Chapter 2 Isyllt and Adam crossed chapter 3 Isyllt and Adam found chapter 4 Isyllt woke chapter 6 Isyllt and Adam returned Later it changes to consistently Zirhin something hopefully Zirhin develops a brain in the later parts of the series I had some problem with the plot in bits of Zirhin s PoV I made my way through And last but not least the total overdose of made up words and. 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. Isyllt Iskaldur Necromancer and not to put too fine a point on it spy sent to the city of Symir with a couple of bodyguards to stir up trouble and incite the locals to rebellion against the rival government that rules the area Because that always works out so well Naturally complicationsnsue There are wheels within wheels factions within factions ghosts rebel and otherwise and all manner of unexpected challengesThis was one I ve had my ye on for a while I m glad I finally took the plunge I m also glad that I waited long nough that after finishing the first book I could jump straight to the second and finishing the "First Book I Could Jump "book I could jump to the second and the third The characters are interesting complex and often conflicted the setting has a distinctly Southeast Asian feel that s well conveyed by carefully chosen details and the magic although present is never without cost I first read this ages ago and uickly followed it up with the second book but then didn t get onto reading the third book So I felt like I needed to refresh my memory The first book wasn t my favourite and I still think the second is probably stronger but the idea of a spy necromancer running around fomenting rebellion remains pretty darn cool The cultures are a little bit umm They feel like very obvious analogues But I give Guy Gavriel Kay a pass for that so Amanda Downum can have it too and mostly her mythology hangs together and verything works so that s fineIssylt is a pretty awesome main character though her relationship with Kiril still doesn t ntirely make sense to me and I don t feel like I can root for her to actually get what she wants in that regard He s older than her and they probably shouldn t have been in a relationship at all Still there s something to be said also for her perspective that it s her decision and he shouldn t shelter her from the conseuences of it People do that with women real and fictional far too oftenZhivrin is less appealing as a character but her arc works well and her Wicked Loving Lies ending has a perfect bittersweetness I love how it s foreshadowed as well Xinai well I feel like she or less got what was coming to her I can sympathise to somextent with anger at imperialism and the damage it can do but I don t understand fighting back against that at any cost Particularly not when the cost is your own peopleBoth times I ve read this book I ve finished
it in almost one sitting so that s something lse to be said for it But now onwardsOriginallyin almost one sitting so that s something lse to be said for it But now onwardsOriginally for The Bibliophibian I forgot xactly how I first came across The Drowning City by Amanda Downum but I m sure it was from browsing online rather than in a brick mortar bookstore I might have been checking out Orbit s the publisher website Either way the cover art was attractive and what immediately grabbed me was that it promised an Eastern setting No offense. Symir the Drowning City home to xiles and xpatriates pirates and smugglers And violent revolutionaries who will stop at nothing to overthrow the corrupt Imperial governmentFor Isyllt Iskaldur necromancer and spy.