The Drowning City (The Necromancer Chronicles) by Amanda Downum. AKA stillsostrange
Though there have already been copies sighted in the wild, today is the official release date of this debut novel.*
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 government.
For Isyllt Iskaldur, necromancer and spy, 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, and the longer she stays in this monsoon-drenched city, the more 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 save.
Publishers Weekly says “Downum effectively combines action, magic, police procedure and political intrigue in this complex and striking debut.”
*Ref: Publishing myth #1: “You can’t get an agent without being published.” When representation was offered, this novel had not yet been seen by any publishers.
Hurray for Amanda!
The Drowning City is an awesome book.
I was lucky enough to find it in a Barnes & Noble in southern California, this past weekend and have already dug in.
Hurray! I’m running out to get it when I do errands today. 😀
Oh, I didn’t know she was one of yours. I noticed the book when I was putting out the mass markets at the store last night. (Great cover, BTW–it was one reason I noticed it.) It looked interesting, and I marked it down to take a better look at later. We got quite a lot of copies in for us, so I guess they must be expecting it to do well. Congrats!
Congratulations Jennifer and Amanda! You went with a great agent, Amanda. 😉 This looks like a book that I’ll be picking up. 😀 It sounds great.
How is your TBR pile looking there, Jennifer? Mine is growing, so yours must be out the door. You said over 900 before. 🙂
Always nice to hear about a first book and a good book, and even better when they’re one and the same. Well done.
Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of debut fantasy books about a dark, gritty world with assassins and mages and a corrupt government.
I hope this keeps up XD
Jennifer, what about this book attracted your attention the most?
I must have this book! And what a cool cover, too.
Awesome, striking cover–I would buy this book because of the cover art alone.
Love the cover!
Great Book. Just picked it up at my neighbourhood Library. Quite an impressive work. This is Lizzy from Israeli Uncensored News.
Just Ordered My Copy
I read the first few chapters on Amanda’s website and have reached the irrevocable conclusion that it must be mine. I just ordered my copy online at B&N and look forward to diving in.