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* WomanInWhite: Isyllt, at the masked festival. White clearly has the Asian association with death in this culture, and several characters comment on it. She also appears in the grey of mourning later on.

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* WomanInWhite: Isyllt, WhiteShirtOfDeath: Isyllt wears white at the masked festival. White clearly has the Asian association with death in this culture, and several characters comment on it. She also appears in the grey of mourning later on.


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[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Has no relation]] to the 2019 Lovecraft-inspired game ''VideoGame/TheSinkingCity''.





* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Isyllt got her job done but is injured in duty and loses the use of most of a hand, and Asheris is free of his bindings after years of servitude, but Zhirin is dead and the city lives up it's name with a whole lot of people joining her.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Isyllt got her job done but is injured in duty and loses the use of most of a hand, and Asheris is free of his bindings after years of servitude, but Zhirin is dead and the city lives up it's to its name with a whole lot of people joining her.]]


* {{Magitech}}: Magic reaches fairly high levels of sophistication in this world, including such things as magical hydro power.

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* {{Magitech}}: {{Magitek}}: Magic reaches fairly high levels of sophistication in this world, including such things as magical hydro power.


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* Bittersweet Ending: [[spoiler: Isyllt got her hob done but is injured in duty and loses the use of most of a hand and Asheris is free of his bindings after years, but Zhirin is dead and the city lives up it's name and a whole lot of people died.]]

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* Bittersweet Ending: BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Isyllt got her hob job done but is injured in duty and loses the use of most of a hand hand, and Asheris is free of his bindings after years, years of servitude, but Zhirin is dead and the city lives up it's name and with a whole lot of people died.joining her.]]


* AscensionToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: Zhirin dies, but joins with the river, and the Nakh states that her voice can be heard through it.]]

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* AscensionToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: Zhirin dies, but joins with the river, and the Nakh states that her voice can be heard through it.]]


* AscensionToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: Zhirin dies, but joins with the river, and the Nakh states that her voice can be heard through it.]]



* Bittersweet Ending: [[spoiler: Isyllt got her hob done but is injured in duty and loses the use of most of a hand and Asheris is free of his bindings after years, but Zhirin is dead and the city lives up it's name and a whole lot of people died.]]
* BrokenBird: [[spoiler: In short order, Zhirin lost her mentor, her mother, and then her life over the span of a few days at best.]]



* DemonicPossession: though in this case it's a jinn, not a demon, and it is trapped inside its human host and bound to obey with powerful magical bindings. There's also a case of a human child possessed by the spirit of a dead person that must be exorcised.

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* DemonicPossession: though Well, ghosts can possess others or in this a worse case a dead body. In the story there are a few cases of both. [[spoiler: Though in one case it's a jinn, not a demon, and it is trapped inside its human host and bound to obey with powerful magical bindings. There's also a case of a human child possessed by the spirit of a dead person that must be exorcised.bindings.]]



* LaResistance: the Jade Tigers are the sympathetic resistance to Assari rule, while the Dai Tranh are the darker side.

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Zhirin allows the Mir river to sweep her away as the dam breaks so it would protect the city, killing her body almost instantly.]]
* LaResistance: the The Jade Tigers are the sympathetic resistance to Assari rule, while the Dai Tranh are the darker side.



* {{Necromancer}}: the protagonist, Isyllt, is of this profession. She can call, trap, and banish ghosts, reanimate the dead for short periods, experience the final memories of the dead, make inanimate objects age and corrode rapidly, invoke cold, and other related talents.

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* {{Necromancer}}: the The protagonist, Isyllt, is of this profession. She can call, trap, and banish ghosts, reanimate the dead for short periods, experience the final memories of the dead, make inanimate objects age and corrode rapidly, invoke cold, and other related talents.



* RestrainingBolt: the magical seals that the jinn in human form wears, that bind him to serve his master.
* {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s: the Dai Tranh, whose motives (freedom for Sivahra and expulsion of their conquerers) are noble, but their methods , especially their "If you're not with us, you're against us" sentiment and consequent willingness to kill their own people in pursuit of their goals, are abhorrent.

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* RestrainingBolt: the [[spoiler: The magical seals that the jinn in human form wears, that bind him to serve his master.
master. Once broken the jinn makes it so that his former master pays for it.]]
* {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s: the The Dai Tranh, whose motives (freedom for Sivahra and expulsion of their conquerers) are noble, but their methods , especially their "If you're not with us, you're against us" sentiment and consequent willingness to kill their own people in pursuit of their goals, are abhorrent.abhorrent. [[spoiler: This culminates in them killing a village who wouldn't aid them and blowing up a mountain volcano.]]


''The Drowning City'', a 2009 novel by AmandaDownum, is book 1 of ''Literature/TheNecromancerChronicles'', though the books are reasonably stand-alone. It's a LowFantasy novel in an Asian-inspired setting.

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''The Drowning City'', a 2009 novel by AmandaDownum, Creator/AmandaDownum, is book 1 of ''Literature/TheNecromancerChronicles'', though the books are reasonably stand-alone. It's a LowFantasy novel in an Asian-inspired setting.

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''The Drowning City'', a 2009 novel by AmandaDownum, is book 1 of ''Literature/TheNecromancerChronicles'', though the books are reasonably stand-alone. It's a LowFantasy novel in an Asian-inspired setting.

Isyllt Iskaldur, a necromancer, arrives in the city of Symir, the Drowning City, on a secret mission to encourage revolt. Symir is the capital of Sivahra, once an independent nation but now conquered and part of the Assari Empire. The ambitious, expansion-minded Empire may be looking to expand further, and Isyllt's home of Selafai is worried. If they can forment enough chaos in Symir, the Assari will be kept too busy to consider further conquest.

The sequel, ''Literature/TheBonePalace'', is set three years later but is not set in Symir; only Isyllt crosses over between the two books.
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!!This book provides examples of:

* BigDamPlot: There's a dam. It matters. Any more would be too much of a spoiler.
* ChekhovsVolcano: Mount Haroun.
* CityOfCanals: Symir (it's not called the "Drowning City" for nothing).
* DemonicPossession: though in this case it's a jinn, not a demon, and it is trapped inside its human host and bound to obey with powerful magical bindings. There's also a case of a human child possessed by the spirit of a dead person that must be exorcised.
* TheEmpire: the Assari Empire.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Indonesia, and South-East Asia in general. The author spent some time in Indonesia.
* LaResistance: the Jade Tigers are the sympathetic resistance to Assari rule, while the Dai Tranh are the darker side.
* {{Magitech}}: Magic reaches fairly high levels of sophistication in this world, including such things as magical hydro power.
* LowFantasy: While part of the high-level plot involves international politics, the fate of the world as we know it does not hang in the balance.
* {{Necromancer}}: the protagonist, Isyllt, is of this profession. She can call, trap, and banish ghosts, reanimate the dead for short periods, experience the final memories of the dead, make inanimate objects age and corrode rapidly, invoke cold, and other related talents.
* RebelLeader: Jabbor Lhun, leader of the Jade Tigers.
* RestrainingBolt: the magical seals that the jinn in human form wears, that bind him to serve his master.
* {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s: the Dai Tranh, whose motives (freedom for Sivahra and expulsion of their conquerers) are noble, but their methods , especially their "If you're not with us, you're against us" sentiment and consequent willingness to kill their own people in pursuit of their goals, are abhorrent.
* WomanInWhite: Isyllt, at the masked festival. White clearly has the Asian association with death in this culture, and several characters comment on it. She also appears in the grey of mourning later on.
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