Low Town (Low Town #1)
In the forgotten back alleys and flophouses that lie in the shadows of Rigus, the finest city of the Thirteen Lands, you will find Low Town. It is an ugly place, and its champion is an ugly man. Disgraced intelligence agent. Forgotten war hero. Independent drug dealer. A...more
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Welcome to Low Town
Sounds great right?
I've been a life time reader and usually have a pretty good filter. I don't get taken in by hype. I don't get in too much of a hur...more
Rigus is the greatest city in the Thirteen Lands, a glittering metropolis of crystalline citadels and sumptuous manors, where the gentlewomen hide delicate smiles behind silken sleeves and bored nobles settle affairs of honour with cold steel. But light casts shadow, and in the darkness of the spires the baseborn struggle, eeking out an existence amidst the cast-offs of their betters. This is Low Town, a sprawling warren of side streets and back alleys, of boarded up windows and...more
In a grimy dump of a room above a bar lives the Warden, a man who has led many lives but now finds himself as low as ever. A former soldier and police officer, he is now addicted to the drugs he sells for a living in the territory he carved out for himself in Low Town, the seediest district in the city of Rigus. He’s become a cynical man, leading a da...more
About the Story: In "Low Town," Daniel Polansky has done something few authors have done - taken a noir mystery thriller and placed it in a fantasy world. I've only seen one other author make use of this type of story-telling idea, and have no idea why, because it is really a fabulous idea that allows a much broader range of ideas to be expressed. Low Town has it all - drugs, vice, viol...more
This book has a great deal for noir and dark fantasy lovers to enjoy. It plays along some lines that we have seen done before, but does it in a way without ever selling out or coming up short. This is a fairly dark story and the Warden, our main protagonist is a street kid that has gone bad. Sure he did his stint in the military, and tried to work as a detective with the crown. But, in the end, shit happens, and he is what he is. He has no troubles accepting himself and his shortcomings....more
Low Town is a dystopic community of degenerates, criminals, and down-on-their-luck citizens of Rigus. Warden is its resident drug dealer, a status of sorts in Low Town. Warden is intelligent and resourceful and these talents bought him some level of power and authority as a member of the secret police. His lack of prudence, however, caused him to lose his position, necessitating a career change to criminal.
When Warden finds the body of a murdered child, he feels compelled to see...more
The mix of detective story and fantasy is gradually becoming a sub-genre all of its own; even the mash-up of hardboiled and noir-inspired stories in various types of magical worlds is far from original: Alex Bedsoe's 'sword jockey' Eddie LaCrosse (from novels such as 'Burn Me Deadly'), the occasional adve...more
That was Aug...more
Warden is an ex-soldier, ex-cop and now he's a narcotic dealer who samples some of his wares, regularly. He's dragged into a murder mystery because he's the first on scene at two of the murders by coincidence and his ruthless ex-boss decides to use his underworld ties to help the investigation along. Warden gets involved in a lot of murky things to try to find out the truth, bu...more
Longtime readers may recall that I like to cook sweet stuff. What they may not have realized is that I'm something of a hipster when it comes to the culinary arts. Forget traditional desserts. I'd rather bake a pear pie with a cheddar-rosemary crust or whip up a batch of malt-infused ice cream. The only problem with such highfalutin goodies lies in finding a recipe for them. Usually, I have to wing it, combining bits and bobs from various concoctio...more
This is a book that left me, in many ways, unsure of my feelings towards it. I liked the gritty, bleak style in which it was written, and really enjoyed the social commentary that was such a big part of this book. Yet, I was never really able to form any sort of connection to the protagonist, or find it in me to care what happens to him one way or the other. The Warden of Low Town is very much an anti-hero, but that, in and of itself, wouldn't preclu...more
I found the protagonist's lack of an actual name beyond 'Warden' to be implausable, but it didn't really impact on the story; what did was how obvious the...more
The Warden was a street urchin saved from the streets by a m...more
Here, the criminal is king. The streets are filled with the screeching of fish hags, the cries of swindled merchants, the inviting murmurs of working girls. Here, people can disappear, and the lacklustre efforts of the guard ensure they are never found.
Warden is an ex-soldier who has seen the worst men have to offer; now a narcotics dealer with a rich, bloody past and a way of inviting danger. You’d struggle to someone with a soul as dark and troubled as his.
Bu then a missing...more
The China Mieville comparison intrigued me and since the book was available in the Vine program, I said "why not let me ask for it and hope for the b...more
Describing Low Town in simple ter...more
I picked this up because I was intrigued by the advertised mixture of noir and fantasy--Lord of the Rings as written by Raymond Chandler. In practice, the two genres didn't mix as well as I had hoped.
The story deals with an unnamed main character, "the Warden," and his attempts to navigate the slums of Rigus. A former police detective ("agent of the Crown"), he was forced to leave in disgrace and begin a new life as a drug dealer. Occasional flashbacks to his homeless childhood and dark days as...more
A noir fantasy, who could resist? I wanted, desperately, to like this book - but unfortunately ... it was not to be.
It's a shame. The author had all the elements needed for a good book, but it just didn't come together for me. Children are dying, and it's up to an ex-cop, now drug dealer and petty crime lord, to figure out what's going on. Cool, right?
Alas, the story meanders, taking unnecess...more
The unlikely hero of Low Town is a man who is only known by the title, Warden. He grew up as a street urchin, became a war hero (by surviving), and rose to prominence as an intelligence agent before his proclivity toward drugs ripped him of h...more