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She Who Waits (Low Town #3)

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  1,073 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
The third novel in the brilliant dark fantasy Low Town series

Low Town: the worst ghetto in the worst city in the Thirteen Lands. Good only for depravity and death. And Warden, long ago a respected agent in the formidable Black House, is now the most depraved Low Town denizen of them all. As a younger man, Warden carried out more than his fair share of terrible deeds, and n
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published October 30th 2013 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Mark Lawrence
Mar 25, 2016 Mark Lawrence rated it it was amazing
There's something about Polansky's writing that floats my boat. I'm not alone in this, other authors I know have said it too. I'd call Polansky a writers' writer but that might imply he's not a readers' writer, and he's certainly that.

The first two books in this series (trilogy?) are excellent but when you get to She Who Waits you understand they were entrees. This is the main course - this is where the payoffs you hadn't noticed building up are delivered. There's a level of emotion in this book
Jul 06, 2016 Brad rated it it was amazing
This final book in the trilogy was rather special, as long as you love grit, grime, and the final act in a revenge fifteen years in the building.

The Warden has had a nice and long run, it is true, and even after his disgrace and his fallen status as the sneaky and clever peacemaker kingpin of drugs in this detailed fantasy shithole of a town, he isn't one to be pushed too far.

She Who Waits, the third titular euphemism for death, certainly lives up to it's promise, and it just goes to prove that
Myke Cole
Oct 03, 2013 Myke Cole rated it it was amazing
I won't provide spoilers, but I can say this much: Polansky has outstripped himself. She Who Waits crowns an incredible series, improving on one of the strongest foundations in modern fantasy. The Warden speaks for all of us, flawed people, flailing toward redemption without setting aside any of inherent wickedness. Polansky's protagonist breathes and bleeds with such identifiable reality that I missed him every time I put the book down.

Fans of the grimdark movement launched by Brett, Abercrombi
Jul 13, 2016 Pavle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantastika
Ako me je prva knjiga upoznala sa nečim novim, a druga mi pokazala da i fantastika može (i treba) da te zamisli, treća me je naterala da marim i brinem i besomučno okrećem stranice.

Na to se sve svodi na kraju. Oproštaj od jedne divne trilogije, od jednog divnog lika, na jedan divan način. I nikakva mana to ne može da umanji.

Jul 04, 2016 Scott rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
The best book ends the series; you really can't ask for much more than that!

I've grown very fond of Polansky's writing style, and the end of the Low Town series cements that fondness. It continues the story of Warden and brings the whole thing to a conclusion that I'm sure fans of the series can be satisfied with.

With these books you're sure to get a heavy dose of cynicism, betrayal, back room deals, and cutting dialogue. You also get to see a man that makes the best of his situations and tries
Apr 16, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2014

5 Stars

"A handful of times in my life I’d come face to face with She Who Waits Behind All Things, made my peace with the thought of entering the next world."

4 to 5 stars for the series as a whole. Daniel Polansky has created a dark fantasy series that gets better with each book in the series. Warden is our main protagonist but it is difficult to call him our hero, or even our antihero. He is a bad man that just happens to have a bit of a heart and a few people that he cares about. He is a thief,
Sep 26, 2013 Jasper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Originally posted at:

She Who Waits is the highly anticipated third book in the Low Town series written by Daniel Polansky. The Low Town series is new and interesting taking in a mystery and noir fantasy series. It all started in the more than sound debut The Straight Razor Cure that introduced us to the Warden, a person with a complicated and rich past, and his story continued in Tomorrow the Killing. The Low Town series so far has been
Saif Bagmar
Apr 21, 2014 Saif Bagmar rated it really liked it
Should I say one the finest I have ever read?
You know, I am from a third world country, things are almost exactly as told in this book. I think this is exactly how my country works, add or take some savagery, that's all. My question is, how come a boy from a first world country named Daniel Polansky has pulled it off? Then I guess the whole world is like this, in a less savagery fashion. Again, I know how this world works even though it is a noir fantasy.
People talk of maintaining the system, ta
Jul 31, 2016 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Odlican zavrsetak za vrlo zabavnu trilogiju. Jedino sto bi rekao da je kraj malo predvidiv ali put do njega je bio vise nego zabavan.

Jedna od stvari koja mi se svidja je da je svaka knjiga u sustini prica za sebe odnosno mozete citati drugu ili trecu bez prethodne i vecinu stvari ce te pohvatati. I ni jedna se ne zavrsava sa cliff hangeom. Sto je veliki plus.

Znaci ako ocete zabavan grim dark detective noire knjige samo navalite.
Matt Gilliard
Dec 26, 2013 Matt Gilliard rated it really liked it
My review of the final Lowtown novel is likely to be the shortest review I've ever written for a novel I enjoyed so thoroughly. I loved the preceeding two volumes of the Lowtown trilogy and was both excited and saddened to know that my time with the one of the most unredeemable and yet most compelling protagonists I've ever encountered was coming to a close. Polansky has been labelled as a 'writer's writer' by folks with far more education and experience than I, but I would go one step further ...more
Feb 19, 2015 Joel rated it it was amazing
Polansky's prose is, quite frankly, among my favorite in all of fantasy. The characters, tone and setting he created for this series was phenomenal, and this was an extremely satisfying ending to the series.
Laura Hughes
Nov 07, 2013 Laura Hughes rated it it was amazing
'She Who Waits' is the third instalment in Daniel Polansky’s Low Town series, and seemingly rounds off this particular trilogy about the life of Warden. It’s a thrilling and thoroughly enjoyable read that takes all the elements we’ve come to love about the series – grimy settings, disreputable characters, casual vice, fascinating flashbacks and wicked schemes – and multiplies them by ten to create a convoluted but fast-paced plot leading to an explosive and heart-stopping conclusion.

As with the
KC Alexander
Dec 23, 2013 KC Alexander rated it it was amazing
I finally managed to get my copy of Daniel Polansky's She Who Waits and couldn't put it down. He wows me again. Rigus is more vivid than ever; its crowded, labyrinthine slums reek of human corruption that leaps off the page. Polansky’s masterful prose plumbs the depths of depravity and desperation, exploring the darkness intrinsic to all, regardless of socioeconomic stratum. Whether drunks, drug-addicts, zealots, police, or political leaders, the expertly drawn characters elicit the reader’s ...more
Učitaj se!
Jun 05, 2015 Učitaj se! rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished, favorites
Zaista odličan završetak ovog zaista odličnog serijala! Mogli biste me, doduše, nazvati malčice pristranom, jer jako volim ovaj žanr - fantasy noir - a tako ga malo ima u hrvatskom prijevodu.

Budući da knjige u ovoj trilogiji nisu striktno povezane radnjom, svaku je knjigu moguće čitati zasebno. Postoje, doduše neki dijelići radnje u drugoj i trećoj knjizi u kojima se Warden prisjeća nekog lika ili situacije iz ranijih romana, zbog čega bih vam ipak preporučila da s čitanjem krenete po redu.

Arthur Zhang
Jan 20, 2014 Arthur Zhang rated it it was amazing
Dark, witty, and humorous, the low town series never fails to disappoint. This book also has one of the most powerful and emotional endings of any book I've ever read. Definitely worth the read.

It's been six years since Tomorrow the Killing and the warden is simply old and weary now. He's tired and he's lost almost everything. The other characters in the series are all dead, sick, or just tired, old and weary. The times are shifting and they're too old to shift with it. The warden is and always
Nov 17, 2015 Chompa rated it it was amazing
My two word review is "Holy Shit!"

I can't really talk about this book because I want people to read all three of the books. I want people to travel down those same dark alleys of Low Town that I've traveled. I want them to find out why the Warden is the way he is. I want them to see the good he does while at the the same time being a ruthless bastard. I want them to say aloud, "Oh no." in quiet, but horrified voice.

Polanksy - that was seriously fantastic. Please write a shit-ton more?
Finished this one days ago, but didn't have time yet to write a proper review (still don't have time, so I'll be short). Polansky delivered; I expected a great finale to the trilogy, and I wasn't disappointed. The ending itself was more or less what I imagined it to be (the title was a spoiler), no surprises there ... but a happier ending wouldn't have been right somehow. Great book.
Phil A
Dec 18, 2015 Phil A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the "Top 5 Best Endings" of any book I've read. The Warden is a literary superstar! Fabulous conclusion to a great series.
Mar 14, 2015 Neil rated it it was amazing
perfect ending to three fantastic books.
James Cox
Jul 07, 2015 James Cox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic. That's all I can say. This book was epic.
Caleb Hill
Sep 29, 2013 Caleb Hill rated it it was amazing
“It’s only at the end of things that you come to any appreciation for what you’ve let slide by.”

I have only read one other book this year with an ending so enthralling. Its name is Republic of Thieves.

About a month back, a genre review website launched the exclusive cover reveal for this book, to which I responded by contacting the publisher for the quickest ARC I’ve ever requested. Just look at the cover. Doesn’t it make you want to jump right in, blood and scary woman aside?

Problem is, I let i
Brandon Zarzyczny
Jan 09, 2014 Brandon Zarzyczny rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, but personally it was probably my least favorite of the three. It provides a fitting ending to the trilogy, one that every reader probably knew what was coming, but I still wished it could have been different. I'll avoid spoilers, but I was just kind of disappointed that it ended like I knew it would, even though the climax was very exciting to read. I would have loved a slightly different more unsuspected ending, or something that was a little more ...more
May 02, 2016 Carmen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Four stars for the series as a whole. This was gritty, noir fantasy that didnt always succeed at what it aspired to but accomplished many things. First, the voice of the Warden. As a character the reader really believes the Warden's jadedness and past. I felt the author succeeded in presenting a character who believes himself beyond redemption but still has a code he lives by, much like a Marlowe in Raymond Chandler's novels. The Warden's war experiences as well as his time as an agent of an ...more
Jan 03, 2016 Ashley rated it did not like it
Daniel Polansky once again takes us to Low Town, that labyrinthine scattering of dilapidated buildings, located in the worst city of the Empire, where drugs and flesh are peddled daily and bodies and sewage clog the streets. Here, we find the infamous Warden, war veteran and former agent of Black House, the mysterious organization that runs the Empire from behind the scenes. Now a common thug, dealing narcotics and squeezing clients, he is about to face the greatest challenge of his life. A new ...more
Tracey the Lizard Queen
Polansky definitely saved the best for last, while I liked Low Town and Tomorrow The Killing, I loved She Who Waits. The writing is a great deal better, it's dark and descriptive and surprisingly funny. I often found myself laughing out loud at the Warden's opinions on Low Town and it's, er, delightful inhabitants.

The only issue I had was the three separate timelines, not that it was confusing or anything, just causes the book to not flow as well. Other than that minor point it's one of the fin
Feb 24, 2016 Bobbi rated it it was amazing
I don't know what to say about these books. I love them, devour them, portion them out like hidden chocolates, and to me they are perfect in every way, down to the word. I read a lot of books I like, but I almost never find books that are exactly what I would have wished for in every way possible. They are simply amazing. But that doesn't tell you whether or not you'll like them - so these reviews are kind of useless to other people. I can say this: if you love these books, I wish we were ...more
Mar 10, 2015 Dustin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I loved the whole pitch and feel of this gritty trilogy. Low Town is a place that I can't get enough of. In this, the finale, Warden continues to be a great first person narrator. His razor sharp dialogues and monologues drive the story. I even enjoyed the ending which some people seem to detest. I sincerely hope this is not Polansky's last foray in the world of Low Town.
Jul 24, 2015 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rock solid end to a rock solid trilogy. The Warden has to be one of the best characters I've come across for years - well written, brutal, funny and with enough depth to keep you wondering if he might actually be more hero that anti-hero right up to the end. This whole series deserves way more recognition than it seems to get. Brilliant
Sep 09, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it
Well...I don't know what I was expecting. There was no other way it could end. Great series. Eager to read more of DP's work.
Dec 10, 2013 Mieneke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2013
Last year I read the first two books in the Low Town trilogy, The Straight Razor Cure and Tomorrow The Killing , in quick succession and both books made it into my favourites for 2012, so I had high expectations for She Who Waits. And Polansky not only managed to equal those expectations, he blew them right out of the water. In fact, She Who Waits was so good, it's going to take a lot to not just gush and fan-girl all over it for the entire review. Bear with me; I'll try to actually make sens ...more
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Daniel Polansky is the author of the Low Town trilogy, the forthcoming Empty Throne duology, the Hugo-nominated novella The Builders, and the forthcoming A City Dreaming. He can be found in Brooklyn, when he isn't somewhere else.
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