Book Review: The Bone Palace

Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"Death is no stranger in the city of Erisín-- but some deaths attract more attention than others.

When a prostitute dies carrying a royal signet, Isyllt Iskaldur, necromancer and agent of the Crown, is called to investigate. Her search leads to desecrated tombs below the palace, and the lightless vaults of the vampiric vrykoloi deep beneath the city. But worse things than vampires are plotting in Erisín...

As a sorcerous plague sweeps the city and demons stalk the streets, Isyllt must decide who she's prepared to betray, before the city built on bones falls into blood and fire."

Those of you that know my literary tastes know that they run toward the world-building, intricate culture fantasy side of things. I get sucked into books that paint me a landscape I can breathe in, characters I feel like I know and can see, and intrigue that pulls me along for a thrill ride.

I can name a dozen authors whose books I will buy, regardless of title or genre, because they consistently do this.

One of those authors, Amanda Downum, just released her second book. YAY!

This book is my Yule present to myself. Unless someone else gets it for me first. ;)

If you like:
In-depth culture
Beautiful descriptions
Flawed, three-dimensional characters
Strong female characters
Gothic settings and themes
Horror (the classic kind, not the gore kind)
Unique cultures and locales
Twisted relationships
Difficult obligations
Action on all scales
Mystery, especially murder mystery
Love, sex, adventure and madness
And good writing...

You should definitely read The Bone Palace. And The Drowning City (her first of the series). And probably her third book, when it comes out.

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