Free download ¾ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ë Sarah MonetteGenre sual 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 Famous Paintings In Cross Stitch 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 innwanted 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 to get the pretty costumes and sexual s she can then pretend to overthrow gah that whore outrage 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 Hands-On Functional Programming in Rust: Build modular and reactive applications with functional programming techniques in Rust 2018 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 tellss he s Web Penetration Testing with Kali Linux - Third Edition: Explore the methods and tools of ethical hacking with Kali Linux used to it and good at dealing with it except to make himinto the aforementioned woman but since he isn t I m blissfullyncaring 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 Crystal Reports .NET Programming 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 frownedpon 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 p 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 and 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 meansCOUPLE And I asked a friend and she googled that one of the heroes is gay one If this means 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 oting 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 "towns with street lamps walls That smacked me right out of it twice I had thought the lack of description was due to the pov and them being sed 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 *Felix was older or that Mildmay was smaller than average While Felix 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 p 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 you 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 A Want of Kindness 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 Rating 35 starsMelusine is a very difficult book to review especially for a MM book blog As a high fantasy adventure 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 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 annfortunate 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 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 life as a cat burglar with events that barely tou. 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 A Little Kinder 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 wizardsing a powerful 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 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 JAPAN 1/1M3. up and then a lot of stuffnot happening I was pretty happy with the buildp 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 Hechizos de amor 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 setp but it was good set The Parisian Prowler 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 M lusine is a fabulous debut fantasy novel about a pair ofnlikely heroes in a richly imagined world Felix Harrowgate is a wizard of the Mirador powerful and respected Cross My Heart and Hope to Die until a long held secret is divulged which drives him back to his e 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 you his story and your point of entrance to this city Never trust a hocus he tells you but what he doesn t know that someone that will be close to him is one and livesp 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 Travels of an Ordinary Man Australia 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 tse any scenes for titillation or shock She truly cares for these brothers and it feels that way when reading Thank you for creating and thinking A Cidade e as Serras up this duo I ll mypmost 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 I picked this book Everything a Band-Aid Can't Fix: A Teen's Guide to Healing and Dealing with Life up on a recommendation from one of my favorite authors Charlaine Harris and I wasn t disappointed Sarah Monette does a marvelous job pullings 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 r 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 can t seem to care at all for Felix one of our two main characters There certainly wasn t enough development prior to his decision to throw himself back nder Malkar s heel for me to develop any attachment And I really "don t know why I m supposed to feel any empathy for his character now We ve been told repeatedly " t know why I m supposed to feel any empathy for his character now We ve been told repeatedly he s a powerful wizard but are given no evidence of anything like at the slightest provocation he returns to his one dimensional tritely evil former master and promptly reclaims a drug addiction that leaves him passive and powerless for the remainder of what I ve read Um what I should care enough to read about this guy s self destructive spiral in loving detailIt s not that I don t enjoy a good anti hero mind you it s not that I don t like the characters but that I m entirely indifferent to them I hate to give p after seeing so many glowing reviews and I hate to toss aside a book after spending 8 on it so I ll try another hundred pages or so before admitting defeat and sending this one to the sell back pile This book was a beautiful All Things Consoled 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 Inderstand 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 way you 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 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 next yeah I know I will remember these words when I hate something that *happens in the next books and I can bet I will but *in the next books and I can bet I will but I m
so much in love Oh Felix Oh Mildmay I love both of them with all my heartmuch in love Oh Felix Oh Mildmay I love both of them with all my heart 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 you 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 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 een perpetual victim and Mildmay thief for hire regular guy and a hundred times les 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 allLots of the. 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. .
Cracked (Soul Eaters, up the pace just when I feel like nodding off at timesIf you are looking for a MM romance look the other way This whole paragraph may be considered a spoiler so I would skip it if you want to avoid it Still here Okay then Sure Felix is a homosexual character but there is absolutely no romance in this book Not between the two main characters and none with the others as well In fact Mildmay is completely heterosexual I wouldn t have minded so much if this book wasn t tagged as MM Romance on Goodreads But when a book is tagged with romance I kind of expect such a thing So this is pretty much a MM book without the romance which to me just felt like another high fantasy bookRegardless of such the relationship between the two main characters was actually endearing Unfortunately we only see just the beginning of this as the book ends not too long afterMy only other big complaint of this book was the horrible proofing I don t really know how to describe it since it felt like an ebook publishing error than anything else It felt like someone took the paperbackhardback pages of the book scanned it to a computer thensed a cheap OCR program to make it into an ebook then failed to make sure that the recognition software was accurate What resulted are sentences missing their period random capitalization of words in the middle of a sentence zeros instead of o s eg 0pen the door and some sentences that just didn t make sense at all It got really bad towards the middle of the book and less freuent towards the end It really pissed me off since the writing itself was superb but the formatting issued kind of killed itRegardless of the major issues I had with Melusine I still really enjoyed it for what I came to realize was a great high fantasy story of two people who were destined to meet If you have the patience for it Melusine is really a gem But as a MM romance reader I would tell you to look elsewhere 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 switches to the other narrator Conseuently instead of feeling like I m watching two separate stories develop and wondering how they will come together I feel like I m watching really badly edited shaky cam footage from two separate camera crewsNeither of these narrators particularly captured my interest or sympathies Felix is a wizard Wizards are cool right Except that by about page 3 Felix was in major depression mode Instead of talking to his lover about it he flees to the sanctuary of the wizard who once abused him and raped him *The Wizard Abuses Him And Rapes Him *wizard abuses him and rapes him and Felix goes back for claiming that he simply can t help it I m given to Party Politics in America understand that this is a realistic pattern of actions for an abuse victim to take leave temporarily and then surrender to what they perceive is an inevitability So I m not trying to demean or diminish the horror of the abuse victim s experience here Rather I take issue with the fact that by beginning the story here Monette makes it really difficult for me tonderstand and sympathize with Felix We don t have his backstory and his full relationship with Malkar we don t Put off thy shoes understand what brought him to this point All we can do is snap hungrily at the litle crumbs Monette throws ats and hope that it s enough to see Range of Ghosts (Eternal Sky, us throughntil the end of the book when she makes that part clearGenerally it s a good idea to begin at the beginning of the story which often means skipping over the boring parts in a character s early life Sometimes though a little context is necessary to keep the reader on side I mean Monette bothered to include a prologue that
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do with the plot in particular That seems like pages well spentOh and Mildmay At firstwith the plot in particular That seems like pages well spentOh and Mildmay At first jargon annoyed me and I suppose you should take that as a compliment for Monette s ability to capture distinct voices for these two narrators Gradually his story did come to interest me and his voice became less annoying I suspect this happened at the same time Felix started going mad and his sections became sparser and less interesting Madness from a first person perspective is hard to do effectively Mildmay s sanity in contrast seemed to at least offer the prospect of moving this story forwardM lusine is named after the city in which the first half of the book takes place The book isn t really about the city though Monette has clearly created an interesting world populated by a vast and diverse cast of cultures not to mention a number of competing schools of magic that all view each other with suspicion of the taint of heresy She doesn t spend much time explaining these various schools though and while I appreciate the dedication to keeping exposition to a minimum there s something to be said for fleshing out a world beyond dropping an The Brand New Monty Python Papperbok unfamiliar name here and there There is a fine line between exposition and description where dropping too much of the one leads to forgetting too much of the otherMaybe it s too much for me to expect a book titled after a city to be about that city M lusine is about how Felix and Mildmay meet the secret they discover that brings them together and then the journey they take toncover Felix s past Unfortunately that journey is boring There are no monsters to slay no detours no Shattered Pillars (Eternal Sky, uests They stumble across another empire book passage on a ship get shipwrecked and windp exactly where they wanted to beThis entire book feels like filler like the setup for the real story In the first act Felix s master Shorter, Faster, Funnier uses Felix s bound power to break the Virtu a magical MacGuffin that allows the wizards of M lusine to focus their spells effectively This is obviously a Big Deal a kind of magical terrorist act The fallout from this act however remainsnclear and The Hold Out (Brewer Brothers, unresolved We don t know if Felix is supposed to play a role in repairing the Virtu We don t know if Felix will ever confront his former master and exact revenge All we know is that Felix and Mildmay are together and Felix isn t exactly mad any maybeA lot of stuff seems like it happens in this book but make no mistake nothing happens This is a book whose plot consists of dragging two characters across a world that is poorly described while switching viewpoints faster than a cat can regret jumping into a bathtubThere is a good story lurking somewhere in here with characters who can do it justice But it needs exposition patience with characterization and less patience with plotting M lusine really just needs to breathe It doesn t do that and that makes it very difficult for me to praise. Alling charm And yet 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.