THE DROWNING CITY
In this well-written and entertaining first novel, Downum weaves a South Asian-inspired tale of a city, its inhabitants and the necromancer who has come to start
a revolution. Isyllt is an interesting protagonist, and the magic she wields is the sort that will chill readers to the bone. Supporting characters are just as well drawn, Zhirin and Xinai in particular.
Lady Isyllt Iskaldur has been sent to the port city of Symir as a means of proving herself to her country's leadership. Her task is to find and fund the revolutionaries who ache to overturn the imperial rulers of their city and country. As she finds allies in the unlikeliest of places, she also finds some unlikely enemies -- for Isyllt is a necromancer, and it isn't only the living she must contend with. (ORBIT, Sep., 384 pp., $7.99)