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The Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells
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it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy-gaslight, reviewed

I first read this years ago - maybe when it first came out. It's one that's stuck with me, and when I saw the Kindle version on sale, I snapped it up.

I'm glad I did.

Some books, when you read them a second time, years later, have lost their lustre. This is not one of those books; I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time round.

So, what did I enjoy?

The Characters
All the characters are just a bit larger than life - the gentleman-thief, the actress, the sorcerer, the great detective, and so on - but not so much so that it disturbed the enjoyment of the story. They felt real - they lost their tempers, sniped at each other, and made mistakes.

The Plot
There's an awful lot of running around, and a fair number of corpses. To be fair, I think the actual plot was the weakest point of the story, because there were a few holes in it, and things just got wrapped up a bit too neatly and too quickly at the end, but...

The Setting
I think this probably the main reason why Death of the Necromancer stayed with me for so many years. Wells writes the city of Ile-Rien vividly enough that I could see the dark, foggy streets in my head. It had weight and depth - it felt real.

Conclusion
Thinking on, this is the book by which I measure all other gaslight fantasy.
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Reading Progress

November 26, 2016 – Started Reading
November 26, 2016 – Shelved
November 26, 2016 –
11.0%
November 29, 2016 –
33.0%
December 2, 2016 –
45.0%
December 3, 2016 –
62.0%
December 4, 2016 –
83.0%
December 6, 2016 – Shelved as: fantasy-gaslight
December 6, 2016 – Shelved as: reviewed
December 6, 2016 – Finished Reading

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