This is an excellent beginning to a series that I know I will want to return to, thanks to the solid writing as provided by Downum. She has clearly given Symir and her inhabitants character and dimension and I found myself wanting to visit this city and discover its wonders. Even the dead are not truly dead; they speak and think with emotion so that I forgot of their "condition". The descriptions of Symir and the outlaying area made me think of South America and Italy mixed with the Middle East and the Far East. Spices, colourful clothing, seductive music and murder.
I have to admit that I'm a sucker for that kind of fantasy setting.