Synopsis: 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.
Review: After reading the first in the series, I was eager to return to this world. In this story, we get to go with Isyllt to her home city of Erisin, a different from Symir as possible. I adored the new characters introduced - in particular the Queen and the Mistress. We also learn more about Isyllt's magic and the other magic, how one learns magic and what magic gone awry can do. The story moved briskly, with intrigue. The twist at the end, I only half expected, which was nice. Again, I adored this book and highly recommend - only make sure to begin with book one.
Bookmarks: 8 of 10
Awards: Shortlisted for the 2010 James Tiptree, Jr. Award; Nominated for the 2011
Spectrum Award for Best Novel
Date Finished: 4-8-2013