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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.



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.)
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.