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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (March 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316068985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316068987
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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"This magnificent and multifaceted work, set against a richly detailed quasi-Arabian background, confirms Downum's Necromancer Chronicles as a top-notch fantasy series."―Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Necromancer Chronicles:

"Spectacular...[a] complex and bloody tale of sorcery, madness, and intrigue." --- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Downum's second fantasy is as sharp and complex as the first, full of fascinating characters." --- Booklist

"Well-written and entertaining." --- RT Book Reviews

About the Author

Amanda Downum was born in Virginia, and has since spent time in Indonesia, Micronesia, Missouri, and Arizona. In 1990 she was sucked into the gravity well of Texas, and has not yet escaped. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in English Literature, and has spent the last ten years working in a succession of libraries and bookstores; she is very fond of alphabetizing. She currently lives near Austin in a house with a spooky attic, which she shares with her long-suffering husband and fluctuating numbers of animals and half-finished novels. She spends her spare time making jewelry and falling off perfectly good rocks. To learn more about the author, visit

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and the story continues.... good read. on to the next one
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HASH(0xa757a1c8) out of 5 stars Very good, I hope there are more. March 27 2012
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I was iffy on her first Necromancer Chronicles volume (The Drowning City), but the second volume (BOne Balace) had me hooked. I love Downum's dark, emotionally vulnerable, tough-as-nails, tortured, and somewhat vengeful heroine, Isyllt Iskaldur.

She strays away from many fantasy cliches like romanticized vampires, overwrought romances, and long, boring dialogues. What she delivers is instead intense, dark, sometimes morbidly funny, and moving. Isyllt is a character who is female but doesn't fall into the usual traps of female characters, either becoming an object for men to rescue or an overly-violent robot. Instead of being a "damsel in distress" or, alternately, the trite "strong woman" archetype, she's simply a human being with interesting abilities, and a social pariah with a haunted past.

Grammatically speaking, this is the best of all three; you can see her growing as a writer throughout the series. I thought that the plot wasn't as exciting as The Bone Palace, but she revisits and revitalizes old characters satisfyingly. She also fleshes out Isyllt even more; she's a fascinating character with a lot of depth and layers.

I didn't give it five stars because I was somewhat dissatisfied with the atmosphere of this book. The sweltering sun and sand is described a lot, and the action sequences take place in varied settings, but I didn't get a "feel for" the people of this place, which is what I relished in The Bone Palace. In that volume, smells and sights, settings, different races and social classes were all explored. In this, it felt a bit one note- but then again, it did take place in a desert.

Moth also isn't fleshed out as much, but it might be that the character is just exhausted. I was also disappointed that we didn't learn much more about Kiril or Isyllt's personal past, although both are alluded to. I am hoping this is a sign that another volume (or three!) is forthcoming, and I'm pretty excited. I didn't expect it to, but Necromancer Chronicles has really sucked me in.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa757a414) out of 5 stars Devilish dust and dusky demons June 30 2012
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As the title would indicate, "Kingdoms of Dust," Amanda Downum's third book in the saga of necromancer Isyllt Eskaldur, has a desert setting. Enticed to Assar on the southern continent Isyllt teams up with some old friends as she tries to stop entities who are creating devastating whirlwinds (if you have the printed book check the pullquote at the front).

Ms. Downum, whose writing style has improved each time out, weaves a silky smooth tale with well-drawn out human and supernatural characters (djinns and such), and she tosses in a cameo by a rather urbane manticore. But Ms. Downum doesn't over-write. Her elegant descriptive passages don't get in the way of the action while they give you a real feel for Isyllt's surroundings. Then, too, the author knows that when it's time for the finale, it's time to step out the way and let the action cascade to a conclusion.

As usual in these tales, Isyllt must dodge assassins (and that manticore) to get the job done. And while you know she will (this is a series after all), it doesn't come easy.

It's a suspenseful thrill, and at the end Isyllt is preparing for her next adventure, which will, I hope, appear sooner rather than later.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa757a3d8) out of 5 stars An excellent end to a good trilogy Dec 12 2012
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I wouldn't recommend starting out with this book; start at the beginning. This volume will make little sense unless one has read the others.

Now, there is enough context to help out those of us who read the others a while back but don't necessarily recall all the details. That's a tricky line to write, and I appreciate it.

All the characters here were well-realized, I thought. The plot was complex, but strong. I have some reservations about the magic system(s) here; the overlaps and differences seems somewhat arbitrary and random to me. Plausible? yes (as these things can be). Solid? Maybe not- especially right at the end. On the whole it worked well, but I'm fuzzier on the details than I would have preferred.

Still- this was a good finish to a very intriguing set of novels, with interesting and different magical systems working in them.
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HASH(0xa757a6cc) out of 5 stars I love this series. June 5 2012
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Isyllt is fantastic. She's a kick butt Necromancer in a rich, immersive fantasy world full of interesting cultures and scarred, interesting, wonderful characters. I can't get enough of this series. Definitely check it out. I didn't read the books in order and that doesn't matter - they each stand alone and together or separately, they rock. Another author on my ten favorites list. Definitely.
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HASH(0xa757a72c) out of 5 stars Great fantasy July 1 2013
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Strong female lead, interesting magical system, and overall great character development. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole trilogy, and recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy, with female protagonists.