"a dark adventure that takes you a world of magic and fantasy"
I have always been a big fan of fantasy author, Clark
Ashton Smith, but mourned the fact that he wrote so little
before his death. His fantasy brought to mind dark places
in the soul. Places you could only see in fantastic dreams.
Xina Marie Uhl is a worthy successor to Smith. Her novel,
NECROPOLIS, is a dark adventure that takes you to those
same places. Ms Uhl has created a world of magic and
fantasy. Reading her work is being tasted by it and
swallowed whole in its lavish hunger.
Like all the best fantasies, the story centers around a
small group of people who are in the fight of their lives.
Conyr Elarrin is the main character, the soldier who
stumbles into something bigger than his life. His
compatriots, Val, Gilas, Jesra, and Dru round out the story
as secrets are unearthed in places so fantastic that they
almost defy description.
I liked Ms. Uhl's little extras between chapters. Letters
from people describing what they saw on visiting this
mystical land, prescriptions for sickness from the priests.
She has gone out of her way to create a realistic place for
us on the darkest edge of our imagination. Her command of
the language is excellent and her writing skills are
impressive. The only thing left unsatisfied for me by the
end of the book was the urge to read more!
Reviewed by Joyce Lavene for PNR
Lagniappe Book Reviews
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 7, 2002