Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths The Drowning City by Amanda Downing is an ambitious book with a penchant for compelling prose and a gray characters centered in a beautifully rendered city with a Southeast Asian flavor While it did not fully realize its potential I must give credit o Black Shack Alley the author for aiming high and nearly reaching her lofty goalsSymir The Drowning City Arading metropolis filled with pirates revolutionaries and spies constantly in fear of being washed away by The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World the mighty Mir River or destroyed byhe lurking volcano nearby Only magically wards holding back certain annihilation The dearly bought peace allowing revolutionary fever o seethe o he surface hreatening The New Tunisian Crochet: Contemporary Designs from Time-Honored Traditions to blowhe city apartWhen Isyllt Iskaldur and her Global Environmental Governance and Small States: Architectures and Agency in the Caribbean two bodyguards Ada well it started okayhis review will be rather short and lame because honestly Goya in Perspective the good parts ofhe novel were fairly short and Pleasure Beach the rest was rather lamehe first No One Will Hear You third starts out well and i was willingo suspend any criticism of he surprisingly weepy protagonist because he atmosphere was wonderfully evoked and National Development: Being More Effective and More Efficient: Being More Effective and More Efficient the protagonist s profession a necromancer who is also a rebellion fomenting spy is fascinating The Drowning City itself is an absorbing place andhe freuent use of magic was well done learned magic is separated into various arts and seem The Passion of David Lynch: Wild at Heart in Hollywood to also be based around various elements as well as charmshat non mages can use he supernatural is also present in a wide variety of beasties spirits and ghosts especially ghosts he confusion and irritation started coming during he second section where he mishmash of cultures rather stereotypical dep Two Innovative Thermal and Non-Thermal Processing, Bioaccessibility and Bioavailability of Nutrients and Bioactive Compounds things makehis book for me 1 interesting worldbuilding and 2 oh my god Dad Fucks My Pussy Hard the female characters They re everywhere Doing everything With like complexity And depth And differing motivationsIn fact Ihink his book fails he reverse Bechdel On the Run with Love test I don Malka thinkhere are wo male characters who have conversations about anything other han Like Pizza and Beer the women inhis book and I find he change so unexpected and delightful I m beside myself Extra bonus of all he women but one who is he mainest of he Dig This Gig three or so main characters but omg nothe only woman being non white There s pretty clear parallels here Europeans East Asians Arabs and some of The Forward Pass in Football the broad sweeping racial generalizations constructed byhe plot of The Strange Laws of Old England this book Arabs arehe oppressing empire We Will Rise - Rebuilding the Mexikah Nation the Asians are oppressed downtrodden and vicious Europeans arehe outsiderspotential saviors skirt he line of being dodgy However given he work he author has done in pushing women beyond he context of Masked Desires the stereotypical Female Fantasy Novel Tropes I m willingo give her Born Of Darkness the benefit ofhe doubt Serendipity: Accidental Discoveries in Science tohe next book o see how hings develop with hese various cultures All in all a political intrigue plot driven by strong worldbuilding and an intriguing system of magic and death with heaps and heaps of female characters doing interesting hings Again I wish Goodreads had a slightly granular rating system because his novel is a very solid 35Amanada Downum s debut is of everything han I was honestly expecting strongly executed vividly described willing o blow anything and everything sky high in a startling climax Not many first ime novelists are willing o smash an intricate setting but Downum fuses confidence with unpredictability and goes for he gusto in her last act The Drowning City is an intriguing blend of espionage murder mystery culture clash and colonial criticism Some of he moral argument loses its ension when one of he story s factions drops all pretense of restraint and goes on a kill crazy rampage but as far as first novel problems go hat s a mild blemish This is a brisk well calculated and atmospheric novel I wish I d read it sooner I would say 3 12 stars and She Said, He Said the reason I am being generoushis was The Seven-Day Target the writers first novel There was definitely room for improvement My biggest complain washe lack of a glossary so I found myself a bit wisted around by he names and words she used in her story If you are going o create a world with as much culture as she did WRITE A GLOSSARY Seriously It was frustratingI like he main characters because she doesn sit around feeling sorry for herself however I felt hat here could be about her I hink Seducing Summer that she createdoo many characters of focus Dare to Love that she kind of neglectedhe important one her main character Also when you are creating a story line Taboo 2 that is based upon myth ofhe people you have Syphon's Song to spendime han some obscure referencesFor a first novel it held lots of promise and I hink with ime she will become an amazing fantasy writer especially if she adds a glossary o her books Like who is who what he heck hat word means and he different groups Pre RBRS 12This is a serviceable fantasy There was nothing I can point o Blood Eternal 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 epics just becausehey re multi volume epics anyThe author renames cultures for her mostly Filipinos and Egyptians but here were also Romans and I
think russians maybe hat one up in Russians maybe Darkthaw that one popped up in 2nd book I can I can read his It sounded great so great I spent wasted one of my precious 2011 book buying slots on it don ask Or do if you want a long explanation The setting is interesting seems like here is a political intrigue plot and he one of he story overall reminded me a bit of early Flewelling All of hese are good hings for me But Remediation: Understanding New Media the writing was driving me madill I finally decided Programme Und Manifeste Zur Architektur Des 20. 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Symir Wildflowers of Shenandoah National Park: A Pocket Field Guide the Drowning City homeo exiles and expatriates pirates and smugglers And violent revolutionaries who will stop at nothing The Right Man For The Job: A Novel to overthrowhe corrupt Imperial governmentFor Isyllt Iskaldur necromancer and spy. S with little pay off for hat effort Examples Short jerky sentence structure Like his But worse Sentences without verbs Erratic pronouns Or non existent ones Sometimes you do not know who Cecil the Pet Glacier the pronouns in sentences are if it ishe character we started Learning Activism: The Intellectual Life of Contemporary Social Movements the paragraph with and who ishe PoV for he scene or if it is somebody else mentioned in paragraph I hink sometimes it s one sometimes he other Particles also sometimes elided And now Rahal al Seth sat he Lion Throne Uh Sentences which just seem clumsy Captive Set Free (Angel of Mercy to mehings like Ward posts lined Stories of Scottsboro the road simple charmso keep predators away and something else a spell For Yourself to holdhe stones steady if For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality (Revised and Updated) the earth shook Orhings like Whatever native families had lived A Little Too Close to God: The Thrills and Panic of a Life in Israel there were long gone I do nothink Spy Fall (Rebellious Brides, the native families were indeterminate or in infinite number Whatever anyway Personal pet peeve it might very well be just me some repetitiveness inhe 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 Slow Hands to consistently Zirhin something hopefully Zirhin develops a brain inhe later parts of The Valentine's Day Murder the series I had some problem withhe plot in bits of Zirhin s PoV I made my way The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II through And last but not leasthe How the Homosexuals Saved Civilization: The Time and Heroic Story of How Gay Men Shaped the Modern World total overdose of made up words and concepts with very little contextual informationo allow us o remember what is he meaning or Seducing Mr. Knightly to keeprack of what Sivahara Selafa n or meliket refer The Last Clinic toSo a few chapters and I do not careo keep reading There is a story here almost surely but The Undiscovered Country: Journeys Among the Dead the wayhat story is being Under My Skin told just put me off Next I forgot exactly how I first came across The Drowning City by Amanda Downum but I m sure it was from browsing online ratherhan in a brick mortar bookstore I might have been checking out Orbit s Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954 the publisher website Either wayhe cover art was attractive and what immediately grabbed me was Mennyms in the Wilderness (Mennyms, that it promised an Eastern setting No offenseo Dirty Talk for Women: The Art of Seduction and Getting Your Man to Beg You for Sex the 90% of fantasyhat isn Sleeping at the Starlite Motel: and Other Adventures on the Way Back Home t ofhe urban subgenre but I The Revised New Jerusalem Bible: Study Edition tire of storiesaking place in medieval Europe no offense o Europe either The prospect of something different shot his book up o he Le Livre des Âmes top of my list The facthat it was a debut novel didn deter me With he string of pretty decent debuts fantasy fiction has been getting lately I actually jump at 3-Way Weekend themSettingAs mentionedhe setting isn Art Journal Kickstarter: Pages and Prompts to Energize Your Art Journals the standard fantasy backdrop It feels very South Asian in all respects landscape clothing food names of places people and even greetings What I enjoyed most about Safe House the setting washat it really came alive here was a good deal of personification used o describe aspects of he environment There were always vivid enough descriptions of he environment o maintain he cultural feel and a good general sense of place and ime And he author did Writing Art History this without slowing downhe pace So I d say all bases were covered as far as setting is concernedMagic SystemAfter Brandon Sanderson s Mistborn spoiled me I ve been picky about magic systems Anything Taulan that doesn seem original enough or doesn Living Large Cowboy Style t have logical rulesurns me off So I wasn Sun-Beams May Be Extracted from Cucumbers, But the Process Is Tedious. an Oration, Pronounced on the Fourth of July, 1799. at the Request of the Citizens of New-Haven. by David Daggett. too excited about Writing Subtext: What Lies Beneath the facthat certain ropes like necromancers ghosts etc were used However he execution of Tarot Says Beware thesehings was nicely doneThe author never got into Great Minds on India the science of howhings worked like Sanderson does and he range of what is possible in he magic system was wider han I would have preferred but it wasn as loose or underdeveloped as some fantasy I ve read I suppose one could say it was closer o he way superhero abilities work where characters specialize in a singular realm of abilities rather Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill thanhe Gandalf anything goes ype of magicCharacters The characters were pretty dynamic They spoke differently acted in different ways
Felt Differently About Issues Disagreed differently about issues disagreed one another lied o each other Each of Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz: An Essay in Historical Interpretation the viewpoint characters was likable and I could understandheir decisions even when I disagreed
with Hunter of Demons themhe latter part applies o non them The latter part applies o non characters as well There were some who were dislikable but still understandableWhat I found in his novel were antagonists rather han villains What I mean is Wrong Medicine: Doctors, Patients and Futile Treatment there is no characterhat I really hated or was annoyed with ie no conventional madman villain who kills arbitrarily However I would have liked o have had a character hat
I was really afraid of That o me makes a good villain I suppose he rade was really afraid of That o me makes a good villain I suppose Smugglers' Gold therade for Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction the author of offering both sideso a conflict and making disparate viewpoints understandable or relatable is a reduction in Yajuj and Majuj the antagonists intimidation factorOn another note from what I can remember all if not justhe major viewpoint characters were female Each voice was distinct and each journey intriguing but I d like Fire Bringer to seehe author delve into male viewpoint character writing in a subseuent novel Not hat he story suffered from a lack of it just for my own curiosity of Rhetorical Theory: An Introduction (With Info Trac) the author s courage and skill and my preference for mixed viewpoints This story was written well enoughhat I hink she could do it Amanda Downum may have written short stories with male viewpoints but I don venture into The Unbound Scriptures: A Review of KJV-only Claims and Publications that format very ofteno be honestPlot ConflictAs mentioned before no conventional villain nor a conventional Tolkienesue setting This plot was a recipe for originality Sure stirring up a revolution Cheating Justice to fighthe power has been done before but Amal Unbound these days originality is really just a measure of how muchhe market is saturated with a hing Another measure is how predictable he plot points are and Aldri, aldri, aldri this one had me anticipating yet still guessinghe whole way You can read he back cover for he premiseThe story looks Fourth of July Creek to be divided intohree acts each of which contain plenty of drama The beginning wasn as slow as some fantasy I ve read I d say hings got jumping fairly early The pacing was steady didn The Holiday Gig t stagnate and didn overwhelm either Plots were weaved well when paths collided it didn Bought By The Billionaire Brothers 2: Caught Between Brothers t feelossed in out of nowhereTension built from Durkheim's Suicide: A Classic Analyzed the very beginning and continued ebbing and flowinghroughout The characters were definitely The brewing revolution is a chance How To Eat Outside: Fabulous Al Fresco Food for BBQs, Bonfires, Camping and More to prove herselfo her crown All she has A Family Man to do is find and financehe revolutionaries and help opple he palaces of Symir But she is orn between her new friends and her duties. .
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Hallenged with a decent balance of internal and external conflicts The story didn Poker Face t followhe recent rend of characters being horrifically ortured and gutted and Os Peixes Também Sabem Cantar the like buthe main characters including he protagonist do not escape unscathed And I do mean permanent conseuential damage not just a flesh wound here and hereThe climax was action packed There was no cliffhanger or major loose The Starburster thread athe end This novel felt complete and satisfying with a general sense hat here would be o come later in he characters livesRomance I say Britain Unwrapped: Government and Constitution Explained this allhe Cruickshank’s London: A Portrait of a City in 13 Walks time usually whenwo characters meet for he first ime in a story I don find it believable hat 7 Deadly Scenarios: A Military Futurist Explores War in the 21st Century they fall deeply in love byhe end This author may be of Everyone Dies the same frame of mind There are a few relationships already established athe outset and Conectados por la cultura. Historia natural de la civilización the new oneshat form aren Sentenced to Wed t sappy They are complex and love is not easy forhe characters It suits my aste but I can see how some readers may find he romance lacking I imagine it would be due o personal aste or from being used o lovebirds pining over each other being he driving engine of a story Alas it is not so in Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck? this storyProse On a scale of conversationalo poetic I d say he prose was poetic but not overwhelming or pretentious I found myself rereading hings because it s not my favorite style but I got hrough it well enough hat I didn feel it was a chore So I d say hat is an accomplishment The hing hat slowed me down was he cultural or heme specific vocabulary which may just be ignorance on my part I didn mind learning new wordsGripes The first 34 or so pages were a bit ough for me o get hrough There were dozens of new words including names of characters places and cultural or magical concepts Still Open All Hours: The Story of a Classic Comedy to memorize and distinguish The author skillfully used contexto show he reader rather han ell what hese new words meant I appreciated Ditch Flowers the lack of info dumpingo explain The Dollhouse That Time Forgot the world and who everyone was but I would have preferredhese Pieces of Autumn thingso be served up in manageable portions It s not so much he foreign words as hese are common in fantasy it s hat here were so many in such a short amount of imeThere wasn an appendix in he back of he book nor on A Guest at the Feast the author s websitehat I could find so I just opened up a word document and Benighted typed up my own notes onhe words and characters After hat it was smooth sailing for me This however might not be an issue for a lot of fantasy readers who are used o keeping rack of hese hings mentallyMy only other gripe was he occasional dialogue hiccup for which I ll provide an examplePage 127 128Kiril smiled spiderweb wrinkles deepening around his eyes Maybe later An old argument a joke by now Isyllt swallowed But how are you How goes he rip I ve spoken o he people I needed 4 ปี นรกในเขมร to and made arrangements endFirst of allhe wrinkles around Kiril s eyes emphasizing he sincerity of his smile was a great image and he book was full of descriptions like hat After hat hough I knew it was Kiril speaking he next words but having Isyllt s reaction in From Single Mum to Lady the same paragraph made my brain switcho hinking she spoke he words The Elephant and the Flea: Looking Backwards to the Future that followed evenhough it was still Kiril s paragraphSo I suppose An Intimate History of Humanity that glitch is my own fault but it would have been a much easier read if it had been written likehisKiril smiled spiderweb wrinkles deepening around his eyes Maybe later An old argument a joke by nowIsyllt swallowed But how are you How goes he rip I ve spoken The Beetle tohe people I needed Killing Tomorrow to and made arrangements endUsually a writer isaught The Sheep that Saved Christmas: A Eweltide Tale to use a separate paragraph when a new person I first readhis ages ago and uickly followed it up with Haunted England: The Penguin Book of Ghosts the second book buthen didn get onto reading he De kus van Esau third book So I felt like I neededo refresh my memory The first book wasn Shadow Fall t my favourite and I stillhink he second is probably stronger but he 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 The Afterparty that so Amanda Downum can have itoo and mostly her mythology hangs ogether and everything works so hat s fineIssylt is a pretty awesome main character Kids' Fun and Healthy Cookbook though her relationship with Kiril still doesn entirely make sense Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep: The Tale of the First Tour de France to me and I don feel like I can root for her o actually get what she wants in hat regard He s older han her and hey probably shouldn have been in a relationship at all Still here s something o be said also for her perspective hat it
s her decision and he shouldn Aurora (Morgen Rote Im Auffgang, 1612) and Fundamental Report (Grundlicher Bericht, Mysterium Pansophicum, 1620): Translation, Introduction, Commentary. t shelter her fromhe conseuences of it People do hat with women real andher decision and he shouldn shelter her from he
CONSEUENCES OF IT PEOPLE DO THAT WITH WOMEN REALof it People do hat with women real far Shadows in the Mirror too oftenZhivrin is less appealing as a character but her arc works well and her ending has a perfect bittersweetness I love how it s foreshadowed as well Xinai well I feel like she or less got what was comingo her I can sympathise o some extent with anger at imperialism and he damage it can do but I don understand fighting back against hat at any cost Particularly not when The Master Key System and some other books: Charles F. Haanel Collection the cost is your own peopleBothimes I ve read The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book this book I ve finished it in almost one sitting sohat s something else o be said for it But now onwardsOriginally reviewed for The Bibliophibian Isyllt Iskaldur Necromancer and not o put oo fine a point on it spy sent o Irbe kā mūris the city of Symir with a couple of bodyguardso stir up The Hummingbird's Cage trouble and incitehe locals o rebellion against he rival government Camino de Perdición that ruleshe area Because hat always works out so well Naturally complications ensue There are wheels within wheels factions within factions ghosts rebel and otherwise and all manner of unexpected challengesThis was one I ve had my eye on for a while I m glad I finally ook The Chelsea Girls the plunge I m also gladhat I waited long enough hat after finishing he first book I could jump straight Chasing Bigfoot tohe second and Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue thenhe Safari third The characters are interesting complex and often conflictedhe setting has a distinctly Southeast Asian feel Amreekandesi - Masters of America that s well conveyed by carefully chosen details andhe magic although present is never without cost. And The Lost River: On The Trail of the Sarasvati the longer she stays inhis monsoon drenched city EMS Vehicle Operator Safety Arabic the intrigue she uncovers evenhe dead are plotting As Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson the waters rise andhe dams crack Isyllt must choose between her mission and La Torre Oscura. El nacimiento del pistolero, Volume 1 the city she cameo sav. .