Mélusine (Doctrine of Labyrinths, #1)

Mélusine (Doctrine of Labyrinths, #1) M Lusine A City Of Secrets And Lies, Pleasure And Pain, Magic And Corruption And Destinies Lost And Found Felix Harrowgate Is A Dashing, Highly Respected Wizard But His Aristocratic Peers Don T Know His Dark Past How His Abusive Former Master Enslaved Him, Body And Soul, And Trained Him To Pass As A Nobleman Within The Walls Of The Mirador Melusine S Citadel Of Power And Wizardry Felix Believed He Was Safe He Was Wrong Now, The Horrors Of His Previous Life Have Found Him And Threaten To Destroy All He Has Since Become Mildmay The Fox Is Used To Being Hunted Raised As A Kept Thief And Trained As An Assassin, He Escaped His Keeper Long Ago And Lives On His Own As A Cat Burglar But Now He Has Been Caught By A Mysterious Foreign Wizard Using A Powerful Calling Charm And Yet The Wizard Was Looking Not For Mildmay But For Felix Harrowgate Thrown Together By Fate, The Broken Wizard Felix And The Wanted Killer Mildmay Journey Far From Melusine Through Lands Thick With Strange Magics And Terrible Demons Of Darkness But It Is The Shocking Secret From Their Pasts, Linking Them Inexorably Together, That Will Either Save Them, Or Destroy Them. Hrm A hundred pages into this novel, I had to come back here to see if my friend s review was really is as glowing as I remembered it to be I m baffled.I m struggling to keep interested in this book This is a poorly explained world, where magical and social elements are introduced in passing, but not fleshed out the book itself is structured with a bizarrely flip flopping POV, reminiscent of a soap opera, which changes so frequently as to prevent me from getting interesting in either of the Hrm A hundred pages into this novel, I had to come back here to see if my friend s review was really is as glowing as I remembered it to be I m baffled.I m struggling to keep interested in this book This is a poorly explained world, where magical and social elements are introduced in passing, but not flesh
M lusine suffers from two narrators Felix Harrowgate and Mildmay the Fox I say suffers because Monette switches between the two perspectivesfrequently than Bill Nye drops mad science truth Each chapter is about thirty or fifty pages in this paperback edition, but perspective can happen as often as once every page Sometimes the characters barely get a few paragraphs in before Monette switches to the other narrator Consequently, instead of feeling like I m watching two separate storie M lusine suffers from two narrators Felix Harrowgate and Mildmay the Fox I say suffers because Monette switches between the two perspectivesfrequently than Bill Nye drops mad science truth Each chapter is about thirty or fifty pages in this paperback edition, but perspective can happen as often as once every page Sometimes the characters barely get a few paragraphs in before Monette switches to the ot
Rating 3.5 starsMelusine is a very difficult book to review, especially for a M M book blog As a high fantasy adventure, I would say this book is top notch As a M M romance, I would give it a two thumbs down But regardless of how one would tag this story, my recommendation is this patience.Taking place in a fantasy world, the book follows two different characters in their own respective and separate yet slowly intertwining, plots Felix is a powerful wizard of Melusine, with a past that he Rating 3.5 starsMelusine is a very difficult book to review, especially for a M M book blog As a high fantasy adventure, I would say this book is top notch As a M M romance, I would give it a two thumbs down But regardless of how one would tag this story, my recommendation is this patience.Taking place in a fantasy world, the book follows two different characters in their own respective and separate yet slowly intertwining, plots Felix is a powerful wizard of Melusine, with a past that he had escaped for the past six years It s an unfortunate set of circumstances that lead to Felix being accused of an act that has shattered the foundation of Melusine, and sent him spiraling into an abyss of madness He is living in a world of delusions, ghosts, and colors.On the other hand, you have Mildmay thief and assassin of Melusine To be honest, Mildmay s story is difficult to vaguely summarize, as much of it would be spoilerish Let s just say that much of his story is just him livin
I picked this book up on a recommendation from one of my favorite authors Charlaine Harris and I wasn t disappointed Sarah Monette does a marvelous job pulling us into this new world For instance, if the names she gives to months sound oddly familiar, it s because they are borrowed from the French Revolution s republican calendar system This deft touch, in addition to many other captivating details, creates an alternate universe with a historical past that is both familiar and exotic Hal I picked this book up on a recommendation from one of my favorite authors Charlaine Harris and I wasn t disappointed Sarah Monette does a marvelous job pulling us into this new world For instance, if the names she gives to months sound oddly familiar, it s because they are borrowed from the French Revolution s republican calendar system This deft touch, in addition to many other captivating details, creates an alternate universe with a historical past that is both familiar and exotic Half the enjoyment of the novel is learning the systems and ideologies that control and inform this world.Better still are the two perspectives of city
This review seems full of nothing but criticism, so I ll frame it by saying that I didn t hate it, I actually enjoyed it, though you might not figure out why Monette s involvement in recent blog affairs, plus her online present and most peeps in my environs feeling they have to read this book, made me hesitant to list it at all.Lots of the genre usual invented names right from the start, perhaps not overly much compared to other fantasy books, but stillthan I think necessary, ever The sp This review seems full of nothing but criticism, so I ll frame it by saying that I didn t hate it, I actually enjoyed it, though you might not figure out why Monette s involvement in recent blog affairs, plus her online present and most peeps in my environs feeling they have to read this book, made me hesitant to list it at all.Lots of the genre usual invented names right from the start, perhaps not overly much compared to other fantasy books, but stillthan I think necessary, ever The split pov is always labled, which makes it feel like meant for sluggish minds Felix is a fucking woman if it weren t indicated that he had paid to beat up and rape child prostitutes, he d obviously be 100 % clich female, with the scandal from having
M lusine is a fabulous debut fantasy novel, about a pair of unlikely heroes in a richly imagined world Felix Harrowgate is a wizard of the Mirador, powerful and respected until a long held secret is divulged which drives him back to his evil master, Malkar, and into insanity Meanwhile, the thief Mildmay the Fox is drawn into intrigue when he meets Ginevra, a beautiful shopgirl who wants him to steal back some items from her former lover Eventually, the separ
Fantasy Something s rotten in Melusine and the Virtu, a collection of spells that protects the city s wizards, has been destroyed, sending the city into disorder The story s told by two narrators Felix wizard, drama queen, perpetual victim and Mildmay thief for hire, regular guy, and a hundred times less whiny than Felix I hated Felix I spent most of the book wishing he d shut up and go away He s a big wet blanket, cowardly and useless, and would be perfectly at home in a bad piec Fantasy Something s rotten in Melusine and the Virtu, a collection of spells that protects the
This book was a beautiful, unexpected love I have bumpy relationship with fantasy Some of my all time favorite books are fantasy, but at the same time I DNF dfantasy books than probably in any other genre And I don t want to say that ah ha, Melusine was a better book than all those I tossed away It s just
While reading this book, I started to think of it as a whimsical runner in a marathon Sometimes it jogged, sometimes it sprinted, sometimes it stopped to chase butterflies in the field, but surprisingly, it never fell on its face, and when it frolicked gaily fear my puniness across the finish line, it still managed to look fabulous, so it gets four stars.Metaphors aside, I know this book is part of a four book series, but I agree with others reviewers on this site in that it felt like a lot o While reading this book, I started to think of it as a whimsical runner in a marathon Sometimes it jogged, sometimes it sprinted, sometimes it stopped to chase butterflies in the field, but surprisingly, it never f
3.5 rounded up to 4, because I liked the whole a great dealthan the individual parts This introductory book to the series is definitely about character and world building, and I m very curious to see where it goes next.

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  • Hardcover
  • 421 pages
  • Mélusine (Doctrine of Labyrinths, #1)
  • Sarah Monette
  • English
  • 24 October 2018
  • 0441012868