Tuesday, 10 November 2009

FANTASY REVIEW: The Drowning City - Amanda Downum


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.


New authors really have a lot to prove with their original release. After all as the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. So with that out in the open you know from the setting of the book that its going to be something special. The world building is phenomenal, the descriptiveness is also some of the best present within the genre as you can’t help but get drawn in to this fascinating world. That said however, we then start to hit a downhill slide for me, I couldn’t get a handle on the principle protagonist and as such it ruined all that careful work that had gone before letting it down a little. It could be down to the simple thing of first book authorship and that subsequent novels will pick up and fix the problems and if Amanda can make the character a bit more likeable then she’s definitely got a good future in store.

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