The Fall of Ventaris

The Fall of Ventaris

Neil McGarry Daniel Ravipinto / Oct 21, 2019

The Fall of Ventaris She had been Marina Kellwealthy and wellborn until a night of fire and a mysterious brass coin changed everything She became the baker s daughterfallen and forgotten until another brass coin changed

  • Title: The Fall of Ventaris
  • Author: Neil McGarry Daniel Ravipinto
  • ISBN: 9780985014919
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Paperback
  • She had been Marina Kellwealthy and wellborn, until a night of fire and a mysterious brass coin changed everything.She became the baker s daughterfallen and forgotten, until another brass coin changed her life once .She is Duchess of the Shallowse newest member of the secret society of thieves and spies known as the Grey.Yet even as she exorcises the ghostsShe had been Marina Kellwealthy and wellborn, until a night of fire and a mysterious brass coin changed everything.She became the baker s daughterfallen and forgotten, until another brass coin changed her life once .She is Duchess of the Shallowse newest member of the secret society of thieves and spies known as the Grey.Yet even as she exorcises the ghosts of her old life, new enemies threaten from all sides Her struggle to survive will take her from the temples of the imperial cults, through the workshops of the great guilds and finally to the court of the empress herself.And she will learn that in the Grey City, some ghosts are not so easily put to rest

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    About "Neil McGarry Daniel Ravipinto"

      • Neil McGarry Daniel Ravipinto

        Neil is a former technical writer, former stand up comedian and current indie author and podcaster living in Philadelphia While not working with Daniel Ravipinto on the third book in The Grey City, or on the Star Trek podcast, Nipicking The Next Generation , Neil reads about World War II, plays both Ultimate Frisbee and volleyball, follows politics and tries to perfect the peanut butter cookie.


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    1. The first book in this series, ‘The Duchess of the Shallows’, was a breath of fresh air, a fantasy work set in a single city, with compelling characters and a beautifully woven plot, filled with double-dealing and double meanings, where nothing and nobody can be taken quite at face value. I could say that this is more of the same, which is true as far as it goes, but it doesn’t do the book justice. This time we begin to see far more of the underpinnings of the city, both literally (the maz [...]


    2. It was exactly a year ago today that I posted my review of Neil McGarry & Daniel Ravipinto's debut novel, The Duchess of the Shallows. That was a character-driven, tightly-plotted fantasy novel that was propelled along by an intriguing central mystery. It took the guys a while to find their stride and really settle comfortably into the novel, but it all paid off in the end.I am pleased to say The Fall of Ventaris picks up right where the first book left off, with the world already establishe [...]



    3. Having recently been accepted into a secret fraternity of thieves, Duchess must now learn the ropes quickly, to fend off several rivals who have already moved against her. But as she sets the wheels of her vengeance in motion, Duchess discovers plots within plots and is forced to confront a disturbing possibility: is she turning those wheels? Or are the wheels turning her?Every bit as enjoyable as the first one. The authors have found an interesting structure. Rather than lead their protagonist [...]


    4. Yet again, the authors have left me wanting - I re-read Duchess first, before starting this, and I'm very glad I did, because the characters, the tone, the city had all faded from my memory - I think it may've been a little jarring to launch straight into this, months on from reading the first. 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 t [...]


    5. The sequel to the entertaining “Duchess of the Shallows” manages to retain the charm of the first novel while expanding its world and the complexity of the story. It starts a few months after the first book with an initially unexciting plot by Duchess to try to get her new business partner admitted to the local weaver’s guild but from this simple beginning she quickly finds herself trying to carry out multiple overlapping schemes that take her to the very top of Rodaasi society. Her effort [...]


    6. The scheming continues, and Duchess rises up a notch or three in the level of the schemes she's involved in. She still doesn't really know what she's doing, though. One nice thing here is that the overtly sexist nature of the city's inheritance laws -- marriage means the woman belongs to the man and he makes all the decisions, even if the woman is heir to a noble title and the man is some random bloke -- becomes a plot point, because Duchess could actually get her inheritance but she doesn't wan [...]


    7. Second book of baker-orphan-turns-master-thief trilogy. (Is this a trilogy? I forgot to ask. Series, anyway.)The traditional middle-book problem is that the protagonist doesn't have a lot to *do* except suffer a disastrous, cliffhangery setback on the last page. This is not that book. Duchess gets into a whole stack of schemes, from guild politics to sabotage to undercity explorations to good old-fashioned heists. Some of them she starts; some just happen to her. (Some -- both.)The city remains [...]


    8. The further adventures of the Duchess of the Shallows and another excellent read.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 fascina [...]


    9. Really enjoyed this book. Took me a while to get into it, I think because there are so many plot lines and characters, and so much to absorb and to follow, but about halfway through everything starts coming together, and the tension and drama builds to the breaking point. Then there's a fight with reanimated skeletons, magic, surprise reveals, and an amazing conclusion. Can't wait for the next volume!


    10. This second installment of Duchess' story lives up to the first part. The intrigue and multi-layered political reality she lives in finds new depth and interest without becoming overly complicated. The new characters are as interesting as the ones from the first book, and consistently have their own depth and motives (are not just foils or tools for the main character). I look forward to the next book.


    11. [Sigh, seems closes the editor and disposes of your content if you dare to click the "read" link on the Bookshelves/tags field.]Anyway. It's a nice book, but for some reason I feel slightly let down about it, and I didn't quite enjoy it as much as the first. Can't quite put my finger on why - perhaps I just expected the story to progress more than it did.With that said, it's still a nice book and I'm looking forward to future books by Neil and co!


    12. solid return to the world and characters but meanders a bit, possibly because it's a middle chapter meant to set up mysteries and situations.



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