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The Drowning City by Amanda Downum
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Jun 06, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: fantastickal

well, it started okay. this review will be rather short and lame because honestly the good parts of the novel were fairly short and the rest was rather lame. the first third starts out well and i was willing to suspend any criticism of the surprisingly weepy protagonist because the atmosphere was wonderfully evoked and the protagonist's profession - a necromancer who is also a rebellion-fomenting spy! - is fascinating. "The Drowning City" itself is an absorbing place and the frequent use of magic was well-done: learned magic is separated into various arts and seem to also be based around various elements, as well as charms that non-mages can use; the supernatural is also present in a wide variety of beasties, spirits, and ghosts (especially ghosts). the confusion and irritation started coming during the second section, where the mishmash of cultures (rather stereotypical depictions of 'oriental' culture that are coming into conflict with a rather less stereotypical depiction of an imperialistic 'arab' culture) began to seriously annoy me. the coincidences also began to arrive, to eye-rolling effect. and finally, the third portion: far too rushed, far too sentimental, far too clichéd. in the end the overall feeling i was left with was exasperation instead of the curiousity i should have had for further adventures. still, the use of magic was plentiful and enjoyable, so if that is what you are looking for, this novel will not disappoint in that regard.
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Wildan I've wanted to read this book for a long time but after reading this I'm not so sure anymore. Thanks anyway :)

mark monday you may end up liking it, it's not bad. I enjoyed the sequel a bit more.

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