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The Thing About Alice yWhile 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 starsMetaphors 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 of build up and then a lot of stuffnot happening I was pretty happy with the build up and progression we had in terms of the two main characters but while reading it was easy to stop and wonder what happened to the plot in the rest of the world Even books that start off series or trilogies have to have some sense of finality at the end and this novel didn t have uite enough Still I have to take into account the personalities of the two characters Monette tells the story through and it makes sense that not as much attention was paid to the other story elementsIn conclusion the book kind of felt like 500 pages worth of set up but it was good set up with good characters I completely adore Mildmay and I didn t mind Felix as much as I thought I would even if he was a giant asshat at times and great writing so in the end I enjoyed this novel and am looking forward to the rest of the series 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 d fantasy 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 that it was a book that clicked with me In every possible way I saw in some other reviews the things that didn t work for people and I understand it but I think they were exactly the ones I loved most I loved the way Sarah Monette fountains with names places dates and historical events the wayou can make sense out of some of them from context or by analogy and some don t come to mean anything at least for now but Un lieu incertain you still can enjoy the sound of them I loved the freuent change of pov okay with me being oh look shiny I prefer a story to be told in shorter installments rather than in too long ones Besides since for a long time two main characters don t meet and are not in the same scenes we don t have any redundant descriptions like A looked at B and thought change of pov B looked at A and thought We have two parallel stories where some scenes perfectly counterpoint each otherI don t think this book is a fantasy mm romance though It is rather fantasy where one character is gay or maybe I don t know if it becomes mm romance later and I don t want to know I m okay either way I m okay with everything there is in this book and looking forward to finding out what happens nexteah I know I will remember these words when I hate something that happens in the next books and I can bet I will but now I m so much in love Oh Felix Oh Mildmay I love both of them with all my heart It was Mildmay s voice that captured my attention as soon as I started reading and the I learned about him the I liked him And Felix okay at times Felix was not easy to like But with all that suffering that heaped and heaped and heaped on him and ou know my love for traumatized characters there was no way I wouldn t fall in love with him And God did he suffer This book really should be on top in the tortured hero list on Listopia is it And then there were moments when Felix didn t suffer and wasn t a prick like when view spoilerhe saved Mildmay from the curse in Hermione or in the end when he told Mildmay the truth hide spoiler M lusine is a fabulous debut fantasy NOVEL ABOUT A PAIR OF UNLIKELY HEROES IN A about a pair of unlikely heroes in a 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 separate stories of Felix and Mildmay combine into one as they form an unlikely partnershipThe real triumph of M lusine is in its language and voice Monette tells the story in three separate voices Felix s haughty sanity Felix s insane delirium and Mildmay s slangy thieves cant and she handles them brilliantly never losing her grasp for an instant or letting the reader be confused about who s narrating Along with the narrative voices the language is simply lush and vivid utterly suitable to the richness of the setting the city of M lusine is particularly well described in Mildmay s sections of the narrativeAs far as the characters go I preferred Mildmay s narrative to some extent as he s the immediately sympathetic character with unsuspected depths of feeling Felix falls into madness so uickly that it was a little difficult for me truly to enpathize with the change in his circumstances as there had been so little time to get to know him before his fall Still the vivid present tense passages where he s delirious and mad are emotionally compelling simply for the horror of what he
ENDURES FANTASY SOMETHING S ROTTEN IN Fantasy Something s rotten in 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 ueen 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 piece of fanfiction If it wasn t for Mildmay I would have given up on this but I loved Mildmay He s a street tough uses fuck a lot and just generally gets the job done whatever it isThis is a long book almost 500 pages in paperback and it starts off at a promising pace but then we spend a lot of time being crazy Felix and going out to bars with our gold digging girlfriend Mildmay and nothing really happens for several hundred pages The story finally picks up again when Felix and Mildmay meet and I found I could like Felix as long as it was Mildmay who was looking at him Felix s own narration is as soggy as a teenaged girl without a date to the prom but Mildmay s protective of Felix and finds his weepy "craziness almost endearing They don t meet until than halfway through the book though so don t hold our breath " almost endearing They don t meet until than halfway through the book though so don t hold our breath thatOnce I dragged myself over the enormous hurdle of all the made up fantastical language and there s a lot of it I m still not clear on half the words used to tell the passage of time and once Felix and Mildmay join up for their uest I really did enjoy the last half of the book Things to recommend it. Mélusine 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 wiza. .
Mildmay s awesomeness and use of language Like I said ou could put the Yehergod militia in a string shopping bag and still have room for two heads of cabbage and a parsnip the fact that we eventually do get to go on a uest and the varied sexualities represented as a matter of course Now I either need to read the seuel right away before I forget how or skip it entirely Imagine an huge sprawling city where the elite are live along an enormous dome The Mirador And the majority in the slums in the Lower City Thieves murderers sexworkers poor and any other seen as lesser than magical practice are pushed out sight for the wizards or hocuses in Lower City speak Mildmay the fox is one of those down below A kept thief not on good terms with any criminal gang and hunted by the DOGS like the fox he is He s telling Edge of Chaos Sons of Chaos MC you his story andour point of entrance to this city Never trust a hocus he tells ou but what he doesn t know that someone that will be close to him is one and lives up above his gay older brother Welcome to MelusineThis European inspired fantasy world would not felt lived in if it weren t for our two leading men Mildmay and his brother Felix Harrowgate wizard of the Callaban order Felix and Mildmay have eual amounts of page time in alternating points of view and their voices are distinct But Mildmay is the narrator and talks to us the readerI was never lost or what happened in their storyKeep in mind that a moment in felix dark past is shown once and other times alluded to the scene goes dark the second time And he s finally able to speak it loud with his dear ones at the end of the book Both felix and mildmay have hideous childhood traumas in one way of or another Monette doesn t use any scenes for titillation or shock She truly cares for these brothers and it feels that way when reading Thank ou for creating and thinking up this duo I ll my upmost best to keep their tales alive for new readersThat ending line in melusine My heartIt was so soft And illustrated their bond fully what already started to form and I can imagine what it will be come Both are like each other that they think and maybe just maybe Felix will be less of a witty jackass 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 ou 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 allLots of the genre usual invented names right from the start perhaps not overly much compared to other fantasy books but still than 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 once been a whore in a bi society what s the fucking big deal and what with his subjecting himself to his old master again orgasming in unwanted sex wibbling and being caught before escaping and scorn from those he pushes away to protect them from his evil master All of that is worst heroine crap Similarly the story is like all fantasy I might say is basically historical fiction written by someone not PhDed enough to pull a Dunnett therefor saying it s fantasy to get away with it everyone does it and most much less well But with the pocket watches and wall safes and modern language the costumes really seem nothing but cosplay or the whole thing a boring steam punk setting The Virtu itself is the grail I wished the author would stop throwing all those Middle Earth names about Often I wish fantasy would be forbidden and people had to deal with real history gWhile it sounds like the worst of both worlds it s still a good read and much preferable to Deanna Raybourne et al who claim to write proper historicals but also just transplant get the pretty costumes and
sexual s she then pretend to overthrow gah that whores she can pretend to gah that whore so annoyingAt one point big bad Malkar says Felix is as stable as aspic and that is the truest description ever to me he s just a wibbling weak nothing and to have him be called the deadliest wit of the court a few lines later makes that all the unbelievable While Mildmay the Fox is described in action and capable Felix keeps wibbling about being raped or made a catamite which makes NO SENSE AT ALL considering he also tells us he s used to it and good at dealing with it except to make himinto the aforementioned woman but since he isn t I m blissfully uncaring I can actually enjoy the drama It has come to this huh Go on ohsotall ohsopretty crying man make my day no seriously huhMildmay keeps daring doing interacting and rescuing even has an appealing lady friend while Felix keeps being stoned and tortured endlessly until I have to say it was simply a very bad choice to interweave them so rigidly the 120 little repetitive paragraphs of whatfreshhorror achieving the opposite to intended effect Felix should have been SHOWN to be dangerous and beautiful and witty the torturing then compressed so there would have been weight and an eual weight to Mildmay rather than me despising Felix for different reasons but just like his tormentorsI kept not hating it though I d even say it s enjoyable and that the annoyance of plonking some odd names into an ahistorical historical novel to make it fantasy is the same for most of the genre and that I m glad there s no magic here no matter what the blurb says But that still leaves Felix who KEEPS FAINTING Every bloody little segment ends with the darkness swallowed me Apart from the start and hints of his past men who are ashamed of scars both of them in such a traditional society that whoring is frowned upon I don t buy it he really is mostly just shoved around so I feel less and less and less while we are meant to see him descend when they don t even break or pull or do anything that humans did to each other for milleniaWhile Mildmay keeps having adventures in the Dickensian setting his Ginevra is suddenly just a gossip girl bitch instead of the interesting woman he fell for so by the time their relationship ends one feels nothing and his grief doesn t work even less in following books where it s still harped on Also the book is nearly half done and the two male leads have never met and while the pathetic Felix is seven feet tall we don t know much about Mildmay s looks objectivelyFelix then cries a lot and is actually sent to his bedroom I am not making this up while Millyfox has an obsession of having toenails pulled Joking aside at around page 300 of those 400 they finally meetAND THEY SEEM TO BE BROTHERS For a few hours of not reading I calmly thought that they ll be revealed just to be cousins bad clich since Troy but still an. Rdry 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 D then SUDDENLY I WONDERED IF I WAS SO MISLED AND THEY WEREN T AND WOULD NEVER BE A COUPLE And I asked a friend and she googled that one of the heroes is gay one If this means I just can t Felix was the wussiest sissiest whimpiest dishrag imaginable and if she made him male just to not be accused of being sexist and writing the women so awfully while Mildmay is a fun antihero I can t believe I did this to myself hoping that fandom antipathy would lead me to enjoyment I daren t spoiler myself now it still might be ohgahdifeelsicknowThis would reuire listing and uoting but note that the book is still set in PRE INDUSTRIAL times and COMPLETE UN SENSUAL Don t believe the blurb I already mentioned that the magic is pastedeon and that I don t care I can do without it To me it s obvious that it s not decadent magic at all rape sex magic is probably the worst handled element of the author see the atrocious Wolves book but rather the perfect excuse to write a historical without in depth knowledge or research I prefer that infinitely to books where magic can solve most problems though it seems nothing but a ploy to get fantasy readers But the lack of description goes very bad when I think we are in wide open country and we are in fact in towns with street lamps and walls That smacked me right out of it twice I had thought the lack of description was due to the pov and them being used to whatever was around but considering the repetitive omgdaaaarkness omganimalheads sights of Felix maybe Monette really is much worse than I thinkAt least once the two men meet they are finally VISIBLE I had not known for 34 of the book that Felix was older or that Mildmay was smaller than average While Felix illness makes sense from the outside his supposed cutting tongue when sane is still only mentioned not even shown now that Mildmay supposedly meets it for the first time With 100 pages to go and I m hoping against hope they will have sex and not be brothers Otherwise I need psychoanalysis about why I refuse to hate this book when I hate everything about the heroThe story finally picked up then even though it frustratingly kept to the pattern of the same thing repeated over and over when Mildmay was in hospital not getting better how many times can ou get worse while staying the same and the various magical cures on Felix were as obscure ie never shown or explained as his curse Both the prostitution and the rape was meant to be a huge reveal what an anti climax I had hoped for 500 pages to find out something new about him or them and then Felix just tells Mildmay what we all knew from chapter one on But they cared about and finally for each other and even though I had finally cracked and jumped ahead to when finally the sane Felix would come to Mildmay I then got up in the middle of the night to read the last chapters properly As I ll repeat over the next books it all depends on the final outcome of the series if I ve just been cheaply had or read small signs correctly 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 worldBetter still are the two perspectives of city of Melusine the view from the top is provided by Felix Harrowgate a wizard in the upper echelons of
#the mirador the #Mirador the of power in Melusine The view from the mean streets is provided by Mildmay the Fox a former kept thief trying to get by in the Lower City I enjoyed learning about the city through the two protagonist s distinct voices as they are propelled toward each other through a series of events that will keep Khaiye Aur Vajan Ghataiye you reading long afterou should have put the light out and gone to sleepWithin this richly envisioned setting Monette crafts an original and engaging story of power betrayal and unexpected loyalty I m reluctant to reveal any plot points and there is a least one review on this site that gives far too much away however I can tell Tales from a Pilots Logbook you that there are vicious power struggles in the Mirador strange and violent rituals in the graveard and insidious behavior in the asylum enough intrigue and action that kept me reading when I really should have been doing laundryAnd though Monette is clearly leaving room for her seuel here she does resolve enough plot lines to satisfy meHighlights Mildmay s colorful use of the Marathine language and the in which Monette vividly depicts madness as experienced from the inside Rating
35 starsMelusine is a very difficult book to especially for a MM book blog As a high fantasystarsMelusine is a very difficult book to review especially for a MM book blog As a high fantasy I would say this book is top notch As a MM romance I would give it a two thumbsdown But regardless of how one would tag this story my recommendation is this patienceTaking place in a fantasy world the book follows two different characters in their own respective and separate في الانفصال yet slowly intertwining plots Felix is a powerful wizard of Melusine with a past that he had escaped for the past sixears 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 colorsOn the other hand Natural Cat Care 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 living his normal l 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 baffledI 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 freuently as to prevent me from getting interesting in either of the intertwined stories Do we really need to swap main characters every few pages Every few paragraphsMost disappointing perhaps is that I M lusine suffers from two narrators Felix Harrowgate and Mildmay the Fox I say suffers because Monette switches between the two perspectives freuently 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. Alling charm Andet the wizard was looking not for Mildmay but for Felix HarrowgateThrown 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 th. .