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The Drowning City (The Necromancer Chronicles, #1)The Drowning City by Amanda Downum

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book 8 in #15in2015

I wanted to like this more than I did. There’s a lot of promise in the description (A necromancer and spy goes a city that on the brink of open revolution to offer financial aid to the revolutionaries) but the execution doesn’t have a lot of momentum to it.

Part of the problem is that too many of the names are similar. Part is that the protagonist’s mission does not seem particularly difficult to execute. Part is that the text feels awfully slack. There are betrayals, murders, bombings, magic duels, allies switching sides, forbidden attraction, and more, but I never felt that pull that makes it hard to put a book down. I was never powerfully attached.

The setting is terrific, though, and very well-realized.

I’m sorry I didn’t enjoy it more.



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Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.

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mizkit
May. 2nd, 2015 09:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me too.
burger_eater
May. 3rd, 2015 03:14 pm (UTC)
I should stop reading debut novels. I think it'd be better if I just jumped to something recent.
connatic
May. 3rd, 2015 03:08 am (UTC)
I liked the second book in this series the best. I recommend you give it a try.
burger_eater
May. 3rd, 2015 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the rec, but I doubt I will. Too many other unread books on my shelves.
autopope
May. 3rd, 2015 12:40 pm (UTC)
Sigh ... and I thought it was just me?

(I actually put the book down halfway through, and for me, that's rare -- if I get past the first chapter I almost invariably finish. I'm a sucker for the sunk cost fallacy.)
burger_eater
May. 3rd, 2015 03:20 pm (UTC)
I'm all about abandoning books midway through, except I'm trying to finish 15 books this year and abandoned ones don't count. Besides, I did like the setting.

anna_wing
May. 5th, 2015 03:04 am (UTC)
The second one was much better. The first one had a mad mish-mash of Southeast Asian names (from countries that are in real life widely separated by history, geography and culture), which really threw me off.
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