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    (The Drowning City) [PDF NEW] Ñ Amanda Downum Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths The Drowning City by Amanda Downing is an ambitious book with a penchant for compelling prose and a gray characters centered in a beautifully rendered city with a Southeast Asian flavor While it did not fully realize its potential I must give credit to the author for aiming high and nearly reaching her lofty goalsSymir The Drowning City A trading metropolis filled with pirates revolut

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    (The Drowning City) [PDF NEW] Ñ Amanda Downum Pre RBRS #12This is a serviceable fantasy There was nothing I can point to that was awful or wrong but it was justplain If I'd read it a few years back I probably would've liked it uite a bit I'm just not wild about multi volume epics just because they're multi volume epics anyThe author renames cultures for her world mostly Filipinos and Egyptians but there were also Romans and I think Russians maybe that one popped up in the 2nd book?

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    (The Drowning City) [PDF NEW] Ñ Amanda Downum well it started okay this review will be rather short and lame because honestly the good parts of the novel were fairly short and the rest was rather lame the first third starts out well and i was willing to sus

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    (The Drowning City) [PDF NEW] Ñ Amanda Downum I can´t read this It sounded great so great I spent wasted one of my precious 2011 book buying slots on it don´t ask Or do if you want a long explanation The setting is interesting seems like there is a political intrigue plot and the tone of the story overall reminded me a bit of early Flewelling All of these are good things for

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    (The Drowning City) [PDF NEW] Ñ Amanda Downum Amanda Downum ¹ 1 SUMMARY Two things make this book for me 1 interesting worldbuilding and 2 oh my god the female characters They're everywhere Doing everyth

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    SUMMARY Ú IDELTA.US ¹ Amanda Downum (The Drowning City) [PDF NEW] Ñ Amanda Downum Amanda Downum ¹ 1 SUMMARY Again I wish Goodreads had a slightly granular rating system because this novel is a very solid 35Amanada Downum's debut is of everything than I was honestly expecting strongly executed vividly described willing to blow anything and everything sky high in a startling climax Not many first time novelists are willing to smash an intricate setting but Downum fuses confidence with unpredictability and goes for the gusto in her last act The Drow

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    (The Drowning City) [PDF NEW] Ñ Amanda Downum I would say 3 12 stars; and the reason I am being generous this was the writers first novel There was definitely room for improvement My biggest complain was the lack of a glossary so I found myself a bit twisted around by the names and words she used in her story If you are going to create a world with as much culture as she did WRITE A GLOSSARY Seriously It was frustratingI like the main characters because she doesn't sit around

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    (The Drowning City) [PDF NEW] Ñ Amanda Downum Isyllt Iskaldur Necromancer and not to put too fine a point on it spy sent to the city of Symir with a couple of bodyguards to stir up trouble and incite the locals to rebellion against the rival government that rules the area Because that always works out so well Naturally complications ensue There are wheels within wheels factions within factions ghosts rebel and otherwise and all manner of unexpected challengesThis was one I've had my ey

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  • The Drowning City
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  • 22 October 2018
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Amanda Downum ¹ 1 SUMMARY SUMMARY Ú IDELTA.US ¹ Amanda Downum SUMMARY Ä The Drowning City Symir the Drowning City home to exiles and expatriates pirates and smugglers And violent revolutionaries who will stop at nothing to overthrow the corrupt Imperial governmentFor Isyllt Iskaldur necromancer and spy. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths The Drowning City by Amanda Downing is an ambitious book with a penchant for compelling prose and a gray characters centered in a beautifully rendered city with a Southeast Asian flavor While it did not fully realize its potential I must give credit to the author for aiming high and nearly reaching her lofty goalsSymir The Drowning City A trading metropolis filled with pirates revolutionaries and spies constantly in fear of being washed away by the mighty Mir River or destroyed by the lurking volcano nearby Only magically wards holding back certain annihilation The dearly bought peace allowing revolutionary fever to seethe to the surface threatening to blow the city apartWhen Isyllt Iskaldur and her two bodyguards Adam and Xinai sail into the grand harbor they know that the city is a ticking time bomb In fact that is why they have come for the Assari Empire s covetous eyes have been wandering toward her northern neighbors and only internal problems will stop the Empire s inevitable invasion And Isyllt master necromancer and spy intends to fan the flames of unrest until just such an event rips Symir apartOnce settled Isyllt s local contact with the rebels uickly becomes an idealistic youth named Zhirin This young woman having been caught up in the revolutionary spirits of the city by her relationship with a young man And though Zhirin s family has grown prosperous by cooperating with the Empire she is willing to risk it all to aid Isyllt in providing aid to the rebels unaware that her benefactor s motives might not be completely altruisticMeanwhile Isyllt s guard Xinai finds that returning home to Symir has affected her than she ever imagined Her path taking her away from her companions and back to the people who aided her escape to the north after her village was massacred by the Imperials and their local collaborators so long ago The unexpected ghosts of the past uickly catching Xinai up in the spirit of revolution and leading ehr down a road she never expected to takeFrom this combustible mixture circumstances uickly spiral out of control More than one revolutionary group fighting against imperial occupation Their methods very different one willing to kill enemy and innocent alike while the other seeks a less destructive path to freedom Isyllt forced to fight against her own conscious as her actions escalate events pushing the unaware citizens toward a struggle that will cause untold destruction and death Her use of the unsuspecting Zhirin causing than a little guilt Events leading to a near inevitable endWithout a doubt Amanda Downum does an excellent job in The Drowning City of creating the living breathing city of Symir It is vividly described amazingly realistic and hopelessly wracked with division and revolutionary violence The clashing views of the citizens whether Imperial rebel collaborator or neutral individual wonderfully explored especially the emotional struggles of characters after suicide bombings kill innocents The senseless deaths the catalyst for much soul searching and than a little self justification as characters reconcile their own guilt with their desires to free their city or protect their country from invasion I can t say I always agreed with their decisions but they were powerful and grippingAnother triumph here is Isyllt and her necrotic talents This smooth as silk spy one cool customer calculated yet emotional deadly yet compassionate Her talent for necromancy deftly done by Downum with enough explanation to give her ghostly magic a feel of reality yet not so much as to strip it of its tantalizing mystery With so much still unrevealed about her I can t wait to read about herBut this was not a perfect book Far from it From tedious beginning to uninspiring romantic plots to unrealistic outcomes there were than a few elements which caused this narrative to underperform And toward the end even the mesmerizing local itself served as a distraction than a compliment to the narrative draining whatever momentum the story had achieved As I said earlier Amanda Downum aimed high with this novel but she just wasn t uite able to pull everything together to reach the full potential of this storyFilled with mystery and magic set in a wonderfully envisioned world The Drowning City was an entertaining look at terrorism in a fantasy setting and its lead character Isyllt has all the traits of developing into a memorable character No the novel did not completely satisfy me but I will still be searching for the next book in the series interested to see how Amanda Downum continues to develop this intriguing world Revolutionary path just such an event rips Symir apartOnce settled Isyllt s local contact with the rebels uickly becomes an idealistic youth named Zhirin This young woman having been caught up in the revolutionary spirits of the city by her relationship with a young man And though Zhirin s family has grown prosperous by cooperating with the Empire she is willing to risk it all to aid Isyllt in providing aid to the rebels unaware that her benefactor s motives might not be completely altruisticMeanwhile Isyllt s guard Xinai finds that returning home to Symir has affected her than she ever imagined Her path taking her away from her companions and back to the people who aided her escape to the north after her village was massacred by the Imperials and their local collaborators so long ago The unexpected ghosts of the past uickly catching Xinai up in the spirit of revolution and leading ehr down a road she never expected to takeFrom this combustible mixture circumstances uickly spiral out of control More than one revolutionary group fighting against imperial occupation Their methods very different one willing to kill enemy and innocent alike while the other seeks a less destructive path to freedom Isyllt forced to fight against her own conscious as her actions escalate events pushing the unaware citizens toward a struggle that will cause untold destruction and death Her use of the unsuspecting Zhirin causing than a little guilt Events leading to a near inevitable endWithout a doubt Amanda Downum does an excellent The Boyfriend Next Door job in The Drowning City of creating the living breathing city of Symir It is vividly described amazingly realistic and hopelessly wracked with division and revolutionary violence The clashing views of the citizens whether Imperial rebel collaborator or neutral individual wonderfully explored especially the emotional struggles of characters after suicide bombings kill innocents The senseless deaths the catalyst for much soul searching and than a little self Chancey of the Maury River justification as characters reconcile their own guilt with their desires to free their city or protect their country from invasion I can t say I always agreed with their decisions but they were powerful and grippingAnother triumph here is Isyllt and her necrotic talents This smooth as silk spy one cool customer calculated yet emotional deadly yet compassionate Her talent for necromancy deftly done by Downum with enough explanation to give her ghostly magic a feel of reality yet not so much as to strip it of its tantalizing mystery With so much still unrevealed about her I can t wait to read about herBut this was not a perfect book Far from it From tedious beginning to uninspiring romantic plots to unrealistic outcomes there were than a few elements which caused this narrative to underperform And toward the end even the mesmerizing local itself served as a distraction than a compliment to the narrative draining whatever momentum the story had achieved As I said earlier Amanda Downum aimed high with this novel but she Flora of Maine A Manual for Identification of Native and Naturalized Plants of Maine Vascular just wasn t uite able to pull everything together to reach the full potential of this storyFilled with mystery and magic set in a wonderfully envisioned world The Drowning City was an entertaining look at terrorism in a fantasy setting and its lead character Isyllt has all the traits of developing into a memorable character No the novel did not completely satisfy me but I will still be searching for the next book in the series interested to see how Amanda Downum continues to develop this intriguing world

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Amanda Downum ¹ 1 SUMMARY SUMMARY Ú IDELTA.US ¹ Amanda Downum SUMMARY Ä The Drowning City And the longer she stays in this monsoon drenched city the intrigue she uncovers even the dead are plotting As the waters rise and the dams crack Isyllt must choose between her mission and the city she came to sav. Again I wish Goodreads had a slightly granular rating system because this novel is a very solid 35Amanada Downum s debut is of everything than I was honestly expecting strongly executed vividly described willing to blow anything and everything sky high in a startling climax Not many first time novelists are willing to smash an intricate setting but Downum fuses confidence with unpredictability and goes for the gusto in her last act The Drowning City is an intriguing blend of espionage murder mystery culture clash and colonial criticism Some of the moral argument loses its tension when one of the story s factions drops all pretense of restraint and goes on a kill crazy rampage but as far as first novel problems go that s a mild blemish This is a brisk well calculated and atmospheric novel I wish I d read it sooner

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Amanda Downum ¹ 1 SUMMARY SUMMARY Ú IDELTA.US ¹ Amanda Downum SUMMARY Ä The Drowning City The brewing revolution is a chance to prove herself to her crown All she has to do is find and finance the revolutionaries and help topple the palaces of Symir But she is torn between her new friends and her duties. I forgot exactly how I first came across The Drowning City by Amanda Downum but I m sure it was from browsing online rather than in a brick mortar bookstore I might have been checking out Orbit s the publisher website Either way the cover art was attractive and what immediately grabbed me was that it promised an Eastern setting No offense to the 90% of fantasy that isn t of the urban subgenre but I tire of stories taking place in medieval Europe no offense to Europe either The prospect of something different shot this book up to the top of my list The fact that it was a debut novel didn t deter me With the string of pretty decent debuts fantasy fiction has been getting lately I actually jump at themSettingAs mentioned the setting isn t the standard fantasy backdrop It feels very South Asian in all respects landscape clothing food names of places people and even greetings What I enjoyed most about the setting was that it really came alive there was a good deal of personification used to describe aspects of the environment There were always vivid enough descriptions of the environment to maintain the cultural feel and a good general sense of place and time And the author did this without slowing down the pace So I d say all bases were covered as far as setting is concernedMagic SystemAfter Brandon Sanderson s Mistborn spoiled me I ve been picky about magic systems Anything that doesn t seem original enough or doesn t have logical rules turns me off So I wasn t too excited about the fact that certain tropes like necromancers ghosts etc were used However the execution of these things was nicely doneThe author never got into the science of how things worked like Sanderson does and the range of what is possible in the magic system was wider than I would have preferred but it wasn t as loose or underdeveloped as some fantasy I ve read I suppose one could say it was closer to the way superhero abilities work where characters specialize in a singular realm of abilities rather than the Gandalf anything goes type of magicCharacters The characters were pretty dynamic They spoke differently acted in different ways felt differently about issues disagreed with one another lied to each other Each of the viewpoint characters was likable and I could understand their decisions even when I disagreed with them The latter part applies to non viewpoint characters as well There were some who were dislikable but still understandableWhat I found in this novel were antagonists rather than villains What I mean is there is no character that I really hated or was annoyed with ie no conventional madman villain who kills arbitrarily However I would have liked to have had a character that I was really afraid of That to me makes a good villain I suppose the trade off for the author of offering both sides to a conflict and making disparate viewpoints understandable or relatable is a reduction in the antagonists intimidation factorOn another note from what I can remember all if not just the major viewpoint characters were female Each voice was distinct and each journey intriguing but I d like to see the author delve into male viewpoint character writing in a subseuent novel Not that the story suffered from a lack of it just for my own curiosity of the author s courage and skill and my preference for mixed viewpoints This story was written well enough that I think she could do it Amanda Downum may have written short stories with male viewpoints but I don t venture into that format very often to be honestPlot ConflictAs mentioned before no conventional villain nor a conventional Tolkienesue setting This plot was a recipe for originality Sure stirring up a revolution to fight the power has been done before but these days originality is really just a measure of how much the market is saturated with a thing Another measure is how predictable the plot points are and this one had me anticipating yet still guessing the whole way You can read the back cover for the premiseThe story looks to be divided into three acts each of which contain plenty of drama The beginning wasn t as slow as some fantasy I ve read I d say things got jumping fairly early The pacing was steady didn t stagnate and didn t overwhelm either Plots were weaved well when paths collided it didn t feel tossed in out of nowhereTension built from the very beginning and continued ebbing and flowing throughout The characters were definitely challenged with a decent balance of internal and external conflicts The story didn t follow the recent trend of characters being horrifically tortured and gutted and the like but the main characters including the protagonist do not escape unscathed And I do mean permanent conseuential damage not just a flesh wound here and thereThe climax was action packed There was no cliffhanger or major loose thread at the end This novel felt complete and satisfying with a general sense that there would be to come later in the characters livesRomance I say this all the time usually when two characters meet for the first time in a story I don t find it believable that they fall deeply in love by the end This author may be of the same frame of mind There are a few relationships already established at the outset and the new ones that form aren t sappy They are complex and love is not easy for the characters It suits my taste but I can see how some readers may find the romance lacking I imagine it would be due to personal taste or from being used to lovebirds pining over each other being the driving engine of a story Alas it is not so in this storyProse On a scale of conversational to poetic I d say the prose was poetic but not overwhelming or pretentious I found myself rereading things because it s not my favorite style but I got through it well enough that I didn t feel it was a chore So I d say that is an accomplishment The thing that slowed me down was the cultural or theme specific vocabulary which may just be ignorance on my part I didn t mind learning new wordsGripes The first 34 or so pages were a bit tough for me to get through There were dozens of new words including names of characters places and cultural or magical concepts to memorize and distinguish The author skillfully used context to show the reader rather than tell what these new words meant I appreciated the lack of info dumping to explain the world and who everyone was but I would have preferred these things to be served up in manageable portions It s not so much the foreign words as these are common in fantasy it s that there were so many in such a short amount of timeThere wasn t an appendix in the back of the book nor on the author s website that I could find so I just opened up a word document and typed up my own notes on the words and characters After that it was smooth sailing for me This however might not be an issue for a lot of fantasy readers who are used to keeping track of these things mentallyMy only other gripe was the occasional dialogue hiccup for which I ll provide an examplePage 127 128Kiril smiled spiderweb wrinkles deepening around his eyes Maybe later An old argument a joke by now Isyllt swallowed But how are you How goes the trip I ve spoken to the people I needed to and made arrangements endFirst of all the wrinkles around Kiril s eyes emphasizing the sincerity of his smile was a great image and the book was full of descriptions like that After that though I knew it was Kiril speaking the next words but having Isyllt s reaction in the same paragraph made my brain switch to thinking she spoke the words that followed even though it was still Kiril s paragraphSo I suppose that glitch is my own fault but it would have been a much easier read if it had been written like thisKiril smiled spiderweb wrinkles deepening around his eyes Maybe later An old argument a joke by nowIsyllt swallowed But how are you How goes the trip I ve spoken to the people I needed to and made arrangements endUsually a writer is taught to use a separate paragraph when a new person speaks which is correct but I prefer it when a separate paragraph is used for any type of response not just dialogue Though for all I know it could have been the copy editors or someone else who arranged the sentences that way to save space in the printing I only mention it because it felt like it happened often enough to make me reread dialogue on occasion There were also times when two consecutive paragraphs were the same person speaking which confused me as wellOther than these two complaints which are probably just brain farts on my behalf the novel was pretty solid And two hiccups is actually pretty impressive for a debut in my opinionOverall Reading Experience What can I say I enjoyed it It was rather good even without taking any debut sympathy points into account However bare in mind my bias attraction to Eastern fantasy I do plan on reading the next book in the series when it becomes available and this volume was enough of a good read that I wouldn t mind going through it again before reading the seuel Solid 45 starsDisclaimer I m a pretty tough criticpicky reader My posted reviews doesn t nearly cover all the books I ve read There are a good number of books I won t review publicly because I have too many complaints about them So I essentially only post reviews of books I really like and even then only when I actually get around to writing one Duffy jump at themSettingAs mentioned the setting isn t the standard fantasy backdrop It feels very South Asian in all respects landscape clothing food names of places people and even greetings What I enjoyed most about the setting was that it really came alive there was a good deal of personification used to describe aspects of the environment There were always vivid enough descriptions of the environment to maintain the cultural feel and a good general sense of place and time And the author did this without slowing down the pace So I d say all bases were covered as far as setting is concernedMagic SystemAfter Brandon Sanderson s Mistborn spoiled me I ve been picky about magic systems Anything that doesn t seem original enough or doesn t have logical rules turns me off So I wasn t too excited about the fact that certain tropes like necromancers ghosts etc were used However the execution of these things was nicely doneThe author never got into the science of how things worked like Sanderson does and the range of what is possible in the magic system was wider than I would have preferred but it wasn t as loose or underdeveloped as some fantasy I ve read I suppose one could say it was closer to the way superhero abilities work where characters specialize in a singular realm of abilities rather than the Gandalf anything goes type of magicCharacters The characters were pretty dynamic They spoke differently acted in different ways felt differently about issues disagreed with one another lied to each other Each of the viewpoint characters was likable and I could understand their decisions even when I disagreed with them The latter part applies to non viewpoint characters as well There were some who were dislikable but still understandableWhat I found in this novel were antagonists rather than villains What I mean is there is no character that I really hated or was annoyed with ie no conventional madman villain who kills arbitrarily However I would have liked to have had a character that I was really afraid of That to me makes a good villain I suppose the trade off for the author of offering both sides to a conflict and making disparate viewpoints understandable or relatable is a reduction in the antagonists intimidation factorOn another note from what I can remember all if not Art of Deception Kate Hanson #2 just the major viewpoint characters were female Each voice was distinct and each Flight of the Clockwork Angels journey intriguing but I d like to see the author delve into male viewpoint character writing in a subseuent novel Not that the story suffered from a lack of it Take just for my own curiosity of the author s courage and skill and my preference for mixed viewpoints This story was written well enough that I think she could do it Amanda Downum may have written short stories with male viewpoints but I don t venture into that format very often to be honestPlot ConflictAs mentioned before no conventional villain nor a conventional Tolkienesue setting This plot was a recipe for originality Sure stirring up a revolution to fight the power has been done before but these days originality is really La figlia del podestà just a measure of how much the market is saturated with a thing Another measure is how predictable the plot points are and this one had me anticipating yet still guessing the whole way You can read the back cover for the premiseThe story looks to be divided into three acts each of which contain plenty of drama The beginning wasn t as slow as some fantasy I ve read I d say things got Persuasion The Litigator's Art jumping fairly early The pacing was steady didn t stagnate and didn t overwhelm either Plots were weaved well when paths collided it didn t feel tossed in out of nowhereTension built from the very beginning and continued ebbing and flowing throughout The characters were definitely challenged with a decent balance of internal and external conflicts The story didn t follow the recent trend of characters being horrifically tortured and gutted and the like but the main characters including the protagonist do not escape unscathed And I do mean permanent conseuential damage not L'aventure ambiguë just a flesh wound here and thereThe climax was action packed There was no cliffhanger or major loose thread at the end This novel felt complete and satisfying with a general sense that there would be to come later in the characters livesRomance I say this all the time usually when two characters meet for the first time in a story I don t find it believable that they fall deeply in love by the end This author may be of the same frame of mind There are a few relationships already established at the outset and the new ones that form aren t sappy They are complex and love is not easy for the characters It suits my taste but I can see how some readers may find the romance lacking I imagine it would be due to personal taste or from being used to lovebirds pining over each other being the driving engine of a story Alas it is not so in this storyProse On a scale of conversational to poetic I d say the prose was poetic but not overwhelming or pretentious I found myself rereading things because it s not my favorite style but I got through it well enough that I didn t feel it was a chore So I d say that is an accomplishment The thing that slowed me down was the cultural or theme specific vocabulary which may The Mangle of Practice Time Agency and Science just be ignorance on my part I didn t mind learning new wordsGripes The first 34 or so pages were a bit tough for me to get through There were dozens of new words including names of characters places and cultural or magical concepts to memorize and distinguish The author skillfully used context to show the reader rather than tell what these new words meant I appreciated the lack of info dumping to explain the world and who everyone was but I would have preferred these things to be served up in manageable portions It s not so much the foreign words as these are common in fantasy it s that there were so many in such a short amount of timeThere wasn t an appendix in the back of the book nor on the author s website that I could find so I Love and Friendship just opened up a word document and typed up my own notes on the words and characters After that it was smooth sailing for me This however might not be an issue for a lot of fantasy readers who are used to keeping track of these things mentallyMy only other gripe was the occasional dialogue hiccup for which I ll provide an examplePage 127 128Kiril smiled spiderweb wrinkles deepening around his eyes Maybe later An old argument a the History of Modern Japan joke by now Isyllt swallowed But how are you How goes the trip I ve spoken to the people I needed to and made arrangements endFirst of all the wrinkles around Kiril s eyes emphasizing the sincerity of his smile was a great image and the book was full of descriptions like that After that though I knew it was Kiril speaking the next words but having Isyllt s reaction in the same paragraph made my brain switch to thinking she spoke the words that followed even though it was still Kiril s paragraphSo I suppose that glitch is my own fault but it would have been a much easier read if it had been written like thisKiril smiled spiderweb wrinkles deepening around his eyes Maybe later An old argument a Laltipiano delle meraviglie joke by nowIsyllt swallowed But how are you How goes the trip I ve spoken to the people I needed to and made arrangements endUsually a writer is taught to use a separate paragraph when a new person speaks which is correct but I prefer it when a separate paragraph is used for any type of response not Alan Ford Tutto per uno uno per tutti just dialogue Though for all I know it could have been the copy editors or someone else who arranged the sentences that way to save space in the printing I only mention it because it felt like it happened often enough to make me reread dialogue on occasion There were also times when two consecutive paragraphs were the same person speaking which confused me as wellOther than these two complaints which are probably Red Poppies A Novel of Tibet just brain farts on my behalf the novel was pretty solid And two hiccups is actually pretty impressive for a debut in my opinionOverall Reading Experience What can I say I enjoyed it It was rather good even without taking any debut sympathy points into account However bare in mind my bias attraction to Eastern fantasy I do plan on reading the next book in the series when it becomes available and this volume was enough of a good read that I wouldn t mind going through it again before reading the seuel Solid 45 starsDisclaimer I m a pretty tough criticpicky reader My posted reviews doesn t nearly cover all the books I ve read There are a good number of books I won t review publicly because I have too many complaints about them So I essentially only post reviews of books I really like and even then only when I actually get around to writing one