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The Fall of Ventaris (The Grey City) (Volume 2) Paperback – September 21, 2013
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"Highly recommended for those who like depth to their fantasy." ~ Fantasy Review Barn
About the Author
Neil McGarry and Daniel Ravipinto are, collectively, a computer programmer, afraid of heights, a former technical writer, a rabid Go-Go's fan, a board-game designer, a founding member of the Alan Turing Fan Club, an award-winning interactive-fiction author, a native Philadelphian, an ex-drummer, one heck of a party thrower, a pianist, from New Jersey, the holder of three degrees, an avid role-player, an improvisational actor, an uncle, a stand-up comedian, not particularly fond of flying, a video gamer, a lover of Halloween, a story-game/RPG developer, and an Ultimate Frisbee enthusiast. They are currently hard at work on the next installment of Duchess' story, The Ruling Mask.
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One thing that may make this series stand out most in its genre is the strength and depth of its female characters - too often lacking in most fantasy novels. Duchess, Minette the madam of the Vermillion, Jana the weaver, Gloria Tremaine the fashion house leader, the priestess "Facets" of Anassa, and even a large female bouncer at the Vermillion are shown using their skills, wit, courage and strength to navigate the treacherous world around them. They are not defined by the others around them - they are whole, independent characters, and they span a range of ages, backgrounds, and physical appearances.
The authors weave an intricate tapestry with this series, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
More adventures - more, complex plots, which somehow ravel just the right way to work out - although not always as intended - I very much enjoyed the new characters, and am intrigued to learn more about the Domae, hopefully not just the nomads they are now, but the history of the Grey City itself.
Also, of course, a lurking horror. I would not venture under the city for quids! Well, I probably wouldn't have even after Duchess, but now... :O
Another ripper read, the only disappointment being 'running out again'. Look forward to reading more in this series!
I do not want to give any spoilers so this will be quite general.
Throughout the book we learn more about the main character, Duchess, and the political and social landscape of Rodaas. The characters are richly developed and the setting of the series is nicely detailed. We get to see how the various guilds and religions are fighting for supremacy and the political intrigue in and amongst the various groups is fascinating.
As for Duchess she goes on several adventures throughout the book and gets to learn a lot about herself. it is quite interesting to watch her grow throughout the book as she learns more about how the politics of Rodaas really work.
Will Duchess (Marina of House Kell as we found out in book one) eventually get her inheritance from her father's estate or will the coming religious war keep her from her birthright?
That is something we will not find out until the next installment of the series and I highly look forward to it.
Every bit as enjoyable as the first one. The authors have found an interesting structure. Rather than lead their protagonist through a series of problems in the usual way - one after the other - they opt instead to give Duchess half a dozen problems all at once. Then they sit back and watch as she tries to untangle them all without hanging herself in the process. The result is surprisingly engaging, but with a different feel from most plot-driven rogue stories. This structure allows for a greater sense of uncertainty and a more palpable conviction that, this time, Duchess might not be able to handle everything that's thrown at her.