The Kingdoms of Dust by Amanda Downum

Isyllt Iskaldur, necromancer and spy, has broken her magical vows, her former master is dead, her magic is weak and she has been exiled from the city she served. With determined assassins shadowing her every move, Isyllt seeks refuge in Assar.

Deep in the desert, a ghost wind is unleashed, a wind that strips flesh from bone and leaves death in its wake. The wind is driven by ancient spirits who after centuries of imprisonment are now finally loosening their bonds.

With the help of Asheris, an outcast jinn, Isyllt will travel deep into the desert to return the spirits to their prison, but her loyalties may not lie firmly with the new order of mages to whom she has sworn allegiance.

In the latest book in The Necromancer Chronicles, Isyllt has lost some of her fire. She is struggling with feelings of loss, loneliness and insecurity. Her magic is weak after breaking her oath and her master is dead. She is not the dynamic force of books past. Downum gives her readers a more introspective look at her heroine and her motivations. Allowing us to see this other side of Isyllt, the vulnerability makes her more relatable and certainly a more layered and rich character.

Downum has a gift for drawing her readers into the richly textured and highly complex world she has created. The description is lush and vivid. Her political and social structures, the culture and, of course, the magical beings and elements are engrossing. With each new book, the world she crafts becomes more fleshed out aa fans long for the next book in her epic series.

For everyone who is a fan of The Necromancer Chronicles, The Kingdoms of Dust will not disappoint. If you have yet to start the series, you will find it easier to follow if you start with the first book. These are complex and layered stories and do not work particularly well as standalones.

Book stats:

    • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
    • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (March 1, 2012)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0316068985
    • ISBN-13: 978-0316068987

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      Books in The Necromancer Chronicles in the order they should be read:
      The Drowning City

      The Bone Palace
      The Kingdoms of Dust

      Isyllt Iskaldur, necromancer and spy, has broken her magical vows, her former master is dead, her magic is weak and she has been exiled from the city she served. With determined assassins shadowing her every move, Isyllt seeks refuge in Assar. Deep in the desert, a ghost wind is unleashed, a wind that strips flesh …

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      1. I just added the series to my TBR. This sounds complex and very textured. Looking forward to reading it.

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