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Death is no stranger in the city of Erisín-- but some deaths attract more attention than others.

When a prostitute dies carrying a royal signet, Isyllt Iskaldur, necromancer and agent of the Crown, is called to investigate. Her search leads to desecrated tombs below the palace, and the lightless vaults of the vampiric vrykoloi deep beneath the city. But worse things than vampires are plotting in Erisín...

As a sorcerous plague sweeps the city and demons stalk the streets, Isyllt must decide who she's prepared to betray, before the city built on bones falls into blood and fire.

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"In a spectacular freestanding sequel to 2009's The Drowning City, Downum jumps a few years forward to find forensic necromancer Isyllt Iskaldur investigating the death of Forsythia, a young prostitute with stolen royal jewelry sewn into her clothes, in the haunted city of Erisin. As Isyllt follows the trail of death and theft to the sewers and their vampiric inhabitants, Savedra Severos, the crown prince's beautiful transgender mistress, struggles to defeat assassins and unravel plots involving her own uncle and a demonic sorceress mysteriously allied with Isyllt's mentor and former lover, the spymaster Kiril. Finely drawn characters love and betray with enthralling passion and pain, and the taverns and gardens of plague-ridden Erisin and the titular ruined palace at its center make a dark and richly detailed background for this complex and bloody tale of sorcery, madness, and intrigue. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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In this sequel to Downum's acclaimed debut, "The Drowning City," Isylit mustonce again draw on her necromancy to save her kingdom. Original.

About the Author

Amanda Downum was born in Virginia, and has since spent time in Indonesia, Micronesia, Missouri, and Arizona. In 1990 she was sucked into the gravity well of Texas, and has not yet escaped. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in English Literature, and has spent the last ten years working in a succession of libraries and bookstores; she is very fond of alphabetizing. She currently lives near Austin in a house with a spooky attic, which she shares with her long-suffering husband and fluctuating numbers of animals and half-finished novels. She spends her spare time making jewelry and falling off perfectly good rocks. To learn more about the author, visit www.amandadownum.com.

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Harriet Miller, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Harriet Miller)
Gothic and awesome.
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Amber Kofman, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Amber Kofman)
An amazing follow up to Amanda Downum's first novel, Drowning City. Once again, Ms. Downum features a strong female protagonist- the necromancer and spy Isyllt- unraveling a twisted plot for the overthrow of her kingdom in a world full of mystery, magic, espionage and adventure. This is definitely one of the best books of 2011 for its challenge to traditional gender roles, its fresh take on necromancy and hemalurgy, and its fast-paced enthralling plot.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316069007
Author:
Downum, Amanda
Publisher:
Orbit
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Subject:
Murder investigations; Prostitutes; Magic; Necromancers; Spies; Jewel theft; Plagues; Demons; Betrayal; Assassins; Mistresses; Royalty
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Necromancer Chronicles
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20101201
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
7 x 4.5 x 1.25 in 0.5 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In a spectacular freestanding sequel to 2009's The Drowning City, Downum jumps a few years forward to find forensic necromancer Isyllt Iskaldur investigating the death of Forsythia, a young prostitute with stolen royal jewelry sewn into her clothes, in the haunted city of Erisin. As Isyllt follows the trail of death and theft to the sewers and their vampiric inhabitants, Savedra Severos, the crown prince's beautiful transgender mistress, struggles to defeat assassins and unravel plots involving her own uncle and a demonic sorceress mysteriously allied with Isyllt's mentor and former lover, the spymaster Kiril. Finely drawn characters love and betray with enthralling passion and pain, and the taverns and gardens of plague-ridden Erisin and the titular ruined palace at its center make a dark and richly detailed background for this complex and bloody tale of sorcery, madness, and intrigue. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , In this sequel to Downum's acclaimed debut, "The Drowning City," Isylit mustonce again draw on her necromancy to save her kingdom. Original.
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