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An Import of Intrigue

(The Maradaine Constabulary #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  315 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Mixing high fantasy and mystery, this is Marshall Ryan Maresca’s second novel in the Maradaine Constabulary series, companion to DAW’s Maradaine Novels.

The neighborhood of the Little East is a collision of cultures, languages, and traditions, hidden away in the city of Maradaine. A set of streets to be avoided or ignored. When a foreign dignitary is murdered, solving the c
Paperback, 386 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Daw Books
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

An Import of Intrigue is the second installment in the Maradaine Constabulary series and another impressive achievement in storytelling and fantasy world-building by author Marshall Ryan Maresca. While this book may be the follow-up to last summer’s A Murder of Mages, it is also the fourth novel set in a bigger universe featuring Maradaine, a vibrant and exotic city filled with diverse characters and rich stories.

Once ag
To say I enjoyed the first book in this series, A Murder of Mages, is an almost criminal understatement. As soon as I finished the book, I (a) went out and purchased the only other novel by Maresca I could get my hands on, and (b) reread the book. Given this highly atypical behavior on my part--I almost never buy books-- you can imagine my excitement when I received an arc of the sequel, An Import of Intrigue.

It's a bit hard to explain why these books work so well for me. Part of it is the genr
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An Import of Intrigue is the second installment in author Marshall Ryan Maresca's The Maradine Constabulary series. The story is fantasy mixed with a twisted mystery. It is really a spin-off of sorts to the authors Maradine series, which to this point in time I still have not read. The series is set in the crime ridden, hard knocks streets of Maradine which is divided into various ethnic groups. The series features two main characters;
L.E. Doggett
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one would get a 4.2 if I could.

Excellent way with a plot. Some of it was what I call cliche-ish but even that had good twists. The characters were well done and stayed in character. The action scenes were well though out. Even though there is a whole lot of them because this is a mystery. Still there were riots and a couple of fights.

The progression of the plot is very good. Things happen in line. The ending fits with the rest of the book even though I didn't find it totally satisfying but
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Maresca is continuing to crush it. Now with his fourth novel, second in The Maradaine Constabulary series, he brings forth another stellar work of fantasy/mystery. We get a lot better look at the wider world he is creating and get to experience the cultures and languages of all of the residents of Maradaine's Little East. The mystery of this work is concluded neatly but does definitely need to go into Minox's unresolved pile. The character development of the two main characters is well done and ...more
J.M. Robison
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The 2nd book in the series, it maintained my satisfaction with plot, characterization, and intrigue at the end to keep me reading on to the next book. Every chapter was fully developed with intrigue and the flow was maintained to make for a pleasant, easy read.
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a review/blog tour.

An Import of Intrigue is the second book in The Maradaine Constabulary Series and his second series in the World of Maradaine following Constable Welling and Rainey. The book takes place approximately two months after the events in A Murder of Mages. Welling is still trying to understand and train himself in using his gifts and Rainey is adjusting to her job, officially as an Inspector. However, after the
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Review from Tenacious Reader:

3.5/5 stars

An Import of Intrigue is the second installment of The Maradaine Constabulary. It delves deeper into the politics impacting Maradaine and also exposes more about Satrine’s past and Jinx’s magic.

Once again, I found myself more interested in the characters than the actual case they are working on. Full disclosure, I often don’t do well with detective mystery books, so that is not surprising based on my reading prefere
Westminster Library
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: debbra, fantasy
The second book in the Maradine Constabulary series starts with a politically, explosive murder. Minox is having a great deal of problems with his previously broken arm and magic. More of
Satrine Rainey’s strength as an inspector and her past is shown to us.

Find An Import of Intrigue at the Westminster Public Library.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another strong entry in Maresca's Maradaine series, mixing the police procedural with a fantasy world. I liked how complicated the main mystery was, and how it involved not only the citizenry of the city of Maradaine, but that we got more of glimpse into the other countries/peoples that make up the greater world and how they interact (or don't) with the city. Other things I enjoyed were getting more backstory on Satrine's previous life and work for Intelligence. There was a lot implied in the pr ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
This is book two in a series that I love but found unusual. The two main characters are a bit of a misfit so they have been partnered together. That is not the unusual part. Many times this heralds a budding romance that will build during the series. Not here. Satrine Rainey is married and trying to support her family after an accident left her husband impaired. Uncircled mage Minox Welling just want to do his job without interference. They do make a good pair as they each have different talents ...more
Alysa H.
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars. Another satisfying entry in the Maradaine Constabulary series, deepening our understanding of this complex fantasy city and its multifarious ethnic factions.

This time around there's far more focus on the murder-mystery case than there is on the character relationships, which is not always to the betterment of the whole, though it does necessitate a lot of time spent on larger world-building. I guess it's just that the police procedural aspects and the character-development aspects do
Superb sequel to A Murder of Mages. As in Discworld, there are generous slices of our own cosmopolitan societies reflected in this story, with the inherent tensions and fears that are so typical of different cultures living in close proximity within the confines of a city.

I must confess that I found the multi syllable names a bit difficult to contend with, but that was a very minor issue that in no ways detracted from the satisfaction of this story. A clever not-do-little twist at the end has le
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is another great title from Maresca in the world of Maradaine, great mix of fantasy and murder mystery and loved getting to see these characters again. If you haven't read the first series set in Maradaine then you should definitely be looking to read those next. If you like the constabulary then get a look at the dark side.
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am enjoying this world. This story had a bit too much political stuff and sort of red herrings for me to get it all during the busy holidays...but still loving the main characters and all they are going through.
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Lots of plot twists and good character development. Fun. Better than the first in the series and much better than the parallel series in the same world
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait for the next one.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Liked this one but in the beginning of the book it was a little hard keeping the characters straight
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-new, fiction, fantasy
I loved this one. It was great to learn more about Satrine's background, and I really enjoyed all the different cultures. Looking forward to more in this series.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
An Import of Intrigue is the second novel in Maresca’s Maradaine Constabulary series, which is amazing cop fantasy. Is there actually a sub-genre term for this? It was essential that I catch up on this series prior to starting his latest release, The Imposters of Aventil, as it is the first Maradaine book where the characters cross-over. Couldn’t have any accidental spoilers now, could I? Anyway, this was by no means a burden as Maresca’s books are some of the most entertaining I’ve ever read.

Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pleasantly surprised (again by this author) that this book was just as good as the first one. Usually a series that starts decently tends to decline, but I didn't see any sign of that here. The characters are still really well done, although I wish just a bit that some of the minor characters were allowed some more development as they seemed to remain the same as they had in the first book. The plot was also very well-paced, so that I, who tend to get bored or impatient because of my terrible at ...more
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This series of books continues to grow more solid. The characters are filling out, their pasts are becoming richer, and the possibilities for their futures are becoming more complex. The dangers of the criminal case that Satrine and Minox have to solve this time mix with the dangers and demands of their personal lives to form a tight, intriguing, well-paced narrative.

I will say that all the different countries and cultures referenced in the story were a little hard to keep track of – a world map
Joe Shipp
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Yet another great book from Marshall Ryan Maresca. Though everything of his I have read has been great the Maradaine Constabulary is by far my favorite. The characters are interesting and the pace is spot on. Can't wait for the next entry in the series.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable second volume in the Maradaine Constabulary, interesting characters and a believable plot.

Will continue to follow this author and recommended.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not happy to be awarding only three stars here, not least because the conceptual footings of this novel are indeed extraordinary: extensive multicultural worldcrafting, front-and-centre, no mere backdrop; a deep delve into Satrine's past, filled with haunting secrets that echo back to the present; deconstruction of Minox's compartmentalization of his personal, professional, and magical selves, and the dangers there posed; the way that these forces pull on not just those two main characters b ...more
Jonathan Palfrey
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second volume in the adventures of Welling and Rainey is well up to the standard of the first. It's fluently written, exciting, and I feel involved with the characters.

What's new is that it adds a variety of exotic cultures into the mix: foreigners with strange customs, languages, and ways of thought—reminding me of Jack Vance, who liked to play with exotic cultures. I think this is good, although perhaps throwing four different exotic cultures at us at once (all involved in the same case)
Deborah Ross
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The strength of this novel lies in its exceptional world-building, especially the depiction of multiple cultures. Living cheek-by-jowl in geographically confined area, yet all subject to the same host-culture laws, these various races are bound to misunderstand and antagonize one another. So it’s no wonder when the Constables of Maradaine are called to investigate a murder that they encounter one baffling cultural obstacle after another. Added to that, the two principle characters, partnered inv ...more
Cameron Smith
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a fun, easy read to pass the time but nothing more. The author is trying to write a police who-done-it set in a fantasy world which is a great idea. The problem lies in he never sets it up enough to really care who did anything. Too many characters and the central crime is not gruesome enough to really get invested in who perpetuated it. On top of that when the killer is finally revealed the only feeling I had was a great big meh. This was a step back from the 1st book in the series. It ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018reads, fantasy
Look, the author was clearly trying to say something about immigrants in a dominant culture and how they're treated, particularly how they're treated by the police, but I feel like he ended up perpetuating stereotypes in how he described his fantasy foreign peoples, and I also felt like there wasn't any consequence or reaction to how they were treated. The casual racism thrown around by his characters was painful to read, and didn't seem to lead to anything. A failed experiment kind of book.

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Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, author of the Maradaine Saga: Four parallel series set amid the bustling streets and crime-ridden districts of the exotic city called Maradaine. This includes The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages, The Holver Alley Crew and The Way of the Shield. His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology ...more

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