August 25th, 2009

books

happy official release day

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.