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THE BONE PALACE
Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
The second book in Downum’s Necromancer’s Chronicles is absolutely outstanding. It’s full of fantastic and original characters and a tightly coiled plot that pulls the reader along. Highly recommended both to fans of gritty secondary world fantasy but also to those looking for something a little bit different, a little bit unusual and a whole lot of awesome.
When a prostitute dies bearing the ring of a dead queen, Isyllt Iskaldur, necromancer and agent of the Crown, is called in to investigate. The case takes her down into the tombs far beneath the city of Erisín, into the supremely creepy lairs of the vampiric vrykoloi, where what she discovers must be kept secret from the king at all costs.
Unfortunately for Isyllt, there are worse things afoot than grave- robbing and revolution-fomenting vrykoloi. There is also a long-dead sorceress plotting a triumphant return from the grave, a plot that includes Isyllt’s former lover Kiril, the Crown Prince’s mistress Sevedra Severos, and more than a few innocent bystanders. Isyllt will have to choose between her duty and her heart and what she chooses will affect everyone’s lives. (ORBIT, Dec., 480 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Published: December 2010