The Drowning City
by Amanda Downum
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841498140
Date: 03 September 2009 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
This promising début novel from US writer Amanda Downum is a fantasy thriller featuring a necromancer who happens to also be a spy. What's not to like? The Drowning City is "... home to exiles and expatriates, pirates and smugglers. And violent revolutionaries who will stop at nothing to overthrow the corrupt Imperial government. It had me at 'pirates'! The Drowning City is an Orbit paperback original and is already receiving excellent reviews... see below!
"Downum effectively combines action, magic, police procedure and political intrigue in this complex and striking debut. Isyllt Iskaldur, a Selafaïan forensic necromancer, travels to the monsoon-soaked canal city of Symir, capital of Sivahra. Her plot to undermine the occupying Assari Empire before it can invade Selafai is complicated by her attraction to handsome Imperial fire-mage Asheris. Isyllt's bodyguard Xinai, a Sivahran native, despises the empire for its brutal destruction of her clan; young apprentice mage Zhirin Laii struggles between love for a guerrilla leader and loyalty to her mother, a respected politician. Refreshingly, Downum treats necromancy as an unclean but necessary defense against evil and nicely handles the complex nuances of a quasi-Westerner fomenting revolution in a quasi-Asian country occupied by quasi-Arabs. A strong (if not happy) conclusion still leaves plenty of room for sequels." -- Publishers Weekly