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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: PublishAmerica (March 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592861520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592861521
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,961,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

A debut novel from a small, independent press, NECROPOLIS raises the bar, adds new and exciting parameters... -- Patricia White, Author of A WIZARD SCORNED

Necropolis, a first novel, is a delightfully different fantasy adventure set in an invented world... -- Amy Harlib for THE BLUE IRIS JOURNAL

Peopled with enough characters for a DeMille epic, Necropolis is an ambitious work... -- Rickey R Mallory for Affaire de Couer Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

Necropolis is my kind of book! Great characters with writing that made me feel like I was there with them. Xina packs plenty of action and intrigue into this book! I recommend it to anyone who wants to escape into a fantastic world.
---Cheryl Dyson, Editor, XC Publishing --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Author Xina Marie Uhl lives in sunny Southern California with her husband and assorted furry and scaly pets. The setting of her first novel, NECROPOLIS, has been heavily influenced by her interest in ancient history. She holds both a BA and an MA in history. In addition to fiction writing, she teaches college history courses and writes educational materials. When she isn't reading and writing, she enjoys hiking, photography, and planning new travel adventures.

Customer Reviews

I really enjoyed this book, it's my kind of fantasy!
Michael Zielke
The tightly-woven plot twists and turns in a setting made all the more real by Xina Marie Uhl's background in ancient history, language, and culture.
Amazon Customer
It can be used for good or evil, by good to do evil and by evil to do good!
Mad4eBooks

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mad4eBooks on February 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought 'Necropolis' after reading two other books by this author - 'The Gauntlet trilogy'. Xina Marie Uhl was second author listed. As in many books that written in collaboration, I could tell where one author left of and the other picked up a writing of the story. I decided to give 'Necropolis' a chance because of that discrepancy in writing styles. One style felt little rush, events glossed over. The other style, which was coming through only in some of a descriptions of places and people, was vibrant and engaging. I took a guess and was NOT disappointed!

World and people of 'Necropolis' are so vivid, imaginative and real. I felt and experienced what characters did and felt, liked some and disliked others. Not many authors can achieve that.

Magic is explained and mysterious in equal parts, just right to make it believable. It can be used for good or evil, by good to do evil and by evil to do good!

Story line flows to satisfactory conclusion with enough twist and turns, intrigue and action, to keep my mind engaged throughout.

I have only two complaints about the book and they are the reason why 4 stars.
First complaint: punctuation in some sentences is all over the place. English's my third and latest language and incorrectly placed commas played havoc in my mind. It brought me out of the story and made me re-read the sentence to make sense of the meaning. Some of it was quite comical, not so good when a story at the time supposed to convey gravity.
Second: excerpts, quotes and bunch of other stuff placed in the end of chapters. Very distracting. I will be in the middle of the action and BAM! - I am reading a list of emperor's employees/storeroom stock.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Zielke on August 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book, it's my kind of fantasy! The characters are excellent and the setting sucks you right in until you feel you're living with the characters. I particularly liked the snippets beginning each chapter that give brief glimpses into the history and lifestyles of the people and the city-state-- the author truly breathes life into the place without a droning history lesson. I encourage everyone to step into another time and place and read Necropolis. You won't be sorry!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kristin J. Johnson VINE VOICE on October 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
Xina Marie Uhl's Necropolis goes beyond the usual sword-and-sorcery warmed-over Tolkien fantasy rehashes, delivering characters as nuanced and plots as intricate as Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. The sense of dread and terror in this quasi-Roman Empire (maybe Judea with hints of a Christ figure) city of Eretria, conducting negotiations with their enemy Cyra while plots and counterplots reign, is as persistent as chemical weapons in Iraq, and the political situation is twice as explosive. And amnesiac priest Dru may hold the key...and as in THE LORD OF THE RINGS, an unlikely group of allies faces the ultimate evil, unimaginable peril and destiny in the terrifying Necropolis.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mallory Kane on August 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
In the epic fantasy adventure NECROPOLIS, a young warrior-priest undertakes a perilous journey to an unknown land, and for his trouble is beaten and imprisoned. He is found and nursed back to health by a young girl, with the help of an embittered prison guard. Meanwhile, a ruler who harbors hatred in his heart sets an unimaginable betrayal in motion. The ruler's hatred has so destroyed his life that he is willing to sacrifice his own son to see himself avenged.
Cyran's ruler sets his plan in motion. The young hostage, Dru, has no memory of why he is where he is, but he is compelled nonetheless to complete the task he has been sent to accomplish. Unaware of his importance in the scheme of things, Dru is befriended by the very people he was sent to destroy. If he succeeds, an entire world of people will be destroyed.
Xina Marie Uhl calls upon her extensive knowledge of ancient history to create the places and people who make up her fantasy adventure Necropolis. With enough characters for a DeMille epic, Necropolis distinguishes itself and its author, by managing to focus on the main characters and allow the reader to get completely caught up in their lives. What at first blush seems to be the climax, turns out to be instead a brilliant double back flip which wrenches the hearts and challenges the minds of the readers, ensuring that Ms. Uhl's excellent book will not be put down until the last page is devoured.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By GJ on March 5, 2013
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I'll agree that the world and the plot were unique, but I found the whole thing boring. Most of story seemed to involve nursing the priest back to health. None of the characters are particularly noteworthy or fleshed out (except for the guard, but his life was mostly tragic and not very entertaining). The characters don't seem heroic, nor did they really grab my interest in a way that had me hoping for their success. The priest doesn't gain his full memory until the end and you never really get to know him. The nations all seem cruel and unjust, so it seemed depressing to me. All the time that the girl spends with the priest, and yet the author never really develops their relationship, nor do they have a lot of meaningful interaction (throwing bones as a game doesn't count in my opinion). By the end, I was skipping whole paragraphs. I thought the snippets at the beginning of each chapter were also boring and didn't really add to the story. Unlike the reviewer Mad4ebooks, I enjoyed The Gauntlet series much better than Necropolis, so I would say that the coauthor of that series might be the better of these two. I. I also noted that some of the high reviewers have only written one review, or all their reviews are 4-5 star (not sure if that is suspicious or not, potential buyers be the judge). I like to read fantasy with dynamic characters that I could see myself being friends with, sadly this book just didn't do it for me.
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