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eBook The Kingdoms of Dust ePub
Author: Amanda Downum
Language: English
ISBN: 1841498165
ISBN13: 978-1841498164
Publisher: Orbit; paperback / softback edition (March 1, 2012)
Pages: 352
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Fantasy
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 448
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Amanda Downum is an American fantasy author currently living in Austin, Texas. She was born on July 15, 1979, in Virginia.

Amanda Downum is an American fantasy author currently living in Austin, Texas. She is most known for her necromancer chronicles: The Drowning City, The Bone Palace, and Kingdoms of Dust. Downum’s books consist of themes relating to identity, gender roles and sexuality, death, secrets and social stratification. She was nominated for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2010.

As the title would indicate, "Kingdoms of Dust," Amanda Downum's third book in the saga of necromancer Isyllt Eskaldur, has a desert setting

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). 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.

Amanda downum series: The Necromancer Chronicles. Other author's books: The Kingdoms of Dust. Read books for free from anywhere and from any device. Listen to books in audio format instead of reading

Amanda downum series: The Necromancer Chronicles. Listen to books in audio format instead of reading.

The Kingdoms of Dust. SUMMARY: 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.

Amanda Downum was born in Virginia, and has since spent time in Indonesia, Micronesia, Missouri, and Arizona

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.

Kingdoms of Dust book. With her master dead and her oaths foresworn, necromancer and spy. This third book in Downum's Necromancer Chronicles sees heroine Isyllt Iskaldur in, again, a completely new setting - in this case, the Assari empire and its surroundings, with influences from Arabia, North Africa and the Sahara. The author does settings very well, even if they're always inspired by real-world places, and this book doesn't disappoint there.

To let them consider, she said. Isyllt wasn’t sure she could consider anything at the moment. Her thoughts chased themselves in frantic circles and eventually fell, exhausted. ey settled heavy on her, compounded by the incessant ache in her shoulder. She sat on the broad steps, leaning against the plinth of a guardian criosphinx, and stared blankly. The sun rode the crest of the mountains, casting long cool shadows through the streets. Sand eddied slowly in the breeze, glittering with flecks of quartz

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With her master dead and her oaths foresworn, necromancer and spy Isyllt Iskaldur finds herself in exile. Hounded by assassins, she seeks asylum in Assar, the empire she so recently worked to undermine. There, warlords threaten the Empire s fragile peace, and the empress is beset by enemies within the court. Even worse, darkness stirs in the deep desert. Ancient spirits are waking that could destroy Assar faster than any army. Isyllt must travel into the heart of the desert to lay the darkness there to rest once more. But first she must stop an order of mages that will do anything to keep the Empire safe even raze it to dust.
Jube
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.
Anarus
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.
Xor
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.
KiddenDan
I liked it, as it showed the flawed relationships between the characters from the first two books in the series and the different sacrifices that have been made for the sake of a belief. However, that's been the case with the previous two stories and this one ends just as bitter as they did. It's good as the final entry into the series and if a sequel or spin off was made, I'd probably buy that too.
Paster
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.
Zut
love it
It's so easy
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.
Excellent book; this whole series has been amazing.
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