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Preview — City of the Dead by Rosemary Jones
City of the Dead (Forgotten Realms: Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep #4)
Something is causing trouble in the City of the Dead, and Sophraea Carver, born and bred next to the historic graveyard, is determined to solve the mystery before it places all of Waterdeep in peril.
Set in the classic City of Splendors and presented by Forgotten Realms(R) campaign setting creator and celebrated author...more
I liked this book a lot. The characters were not overpowering, though I am unsure how powerful you need to be to animate stone... Gustin didn't seem very powerful, but letting a statue walks doesn't sound trivial. I liked Sophrea. I think she should have gone and become a seamstress at the end of the book though. It would have been a bit more unexpected (and there is nothing wrong with being a seamstress).
One thing bothered me in this book th...more
There are certain things I expected from a Rosemary Jones fantasy novel. A resourceful heroine, an affinity for the working class, some misfit characters, a great sense of humor, and thrilling action more akin to The Princess Bride than Conan the Barbarian. But City of the Dead tromps through George Romero's sandbox. How was she going to balance her playful romp style with the threat of an undead apocalypse?
When, about 4 pages in, I burst out laughing at a brief, non-verbal exchange between a pr...more
However - dancing with the dead has interesting connotations. I really have never liked the thought of zombies but this was well done. It had a reason and a well rehearsed plot.
The who and the why were obvious, but the reasoing and handling were well done.
There is even a foreword by acclaimed author Ed Greenwood.
Worth reading if you like magic and heroes and want the whi...more
After finishing City of the dead I decided to look up other books by...more
The heroine, Sophraea, is not a wizard or swordfighter, but an average Waterdhavian, youngest member of the city's family of graveyard maintenance workers and artisans, a little woman in a family of big men. Her sidekick, Gustin, is a wiza...more
It was a pleasant surprise and and a joy to read. As an instant fan of Rosemary Jones' from Crypt of the Moaning Diamond, it was not a question of if I would buy City of the Dead, but when. So without r...more