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The Duchess of the Shallows by Neil McGarry
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Apr 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: series-i-want-to-continue, epic-fantasy
Read from April 23 to May 30, 2012

I received a copy of The Duchess of the Shallows from the authors for the purpose of review.

The Duchess of the Shallows is a fantasy novel set in a large city setting. The story takes place in a middle-ages time period with large doses of political intrigue, religious sub-plots, criminal mischief, and ancient mysteries!

The main character answers to the name Duchess and works in a bakery as the adopted daughter of the bake, but her real name and family are secrets that stem from the very history of the city itself.

The mystery of Duchess, her history and family, is only one part of the deep and compelling story. Add in conflicts between ruling factions, spice it with danger and debauchery...and you still don't get the full complexity built into this book.

I am still amazed that the story was able to wrap up many threads while still leaving some very interesting mysteries for future volumes. Even with some unfinished business floating out there, this story ended on a very satisfying note.

I enjoyed everything from the characters to the setting, the plots and sub-plots, and most definitely the pacing. Please read this if you like intrigue, mystery, fantasy, adventure, or secret societies. Highly Recommended!

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