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Melusine de Sarah Monette
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Melusine (edició 2006)

de Sarah Monette (Autor)

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Felix Harrowgate, a handsome, well-respected wizard among his aristocratic peers, finds his dark past as an abused slave coming back to haunt him and joins forces with Mildmay the Fox, a thief and assassin, to stop the demons of darkness.
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Títol:Melusine
Autors:Sarah Monette (Autor)
Informació:Ace (2006), 496 pages
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Etiquetes:romance, paranormal-and-other-fantasy

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I am reviewing a DTB version.

Wow! That was the longest prologue I've ever read!
Now I can go back to page 1 and start enjoying the book.
Many reviews that mention re-reads make sense now.

*****

Few thoughts on the book, the writing, the characters, the shenanigans. No spoilers, just want to keep my outrage contained in the spoiler tags.


Tho I like it when authors dump you right in the middle of things and you have to start running the moment you hit the ground, this was not the case. I sure did do some legwork, but it was mostly bouncing up and down on the same spot, trying to get hold on my bearings. What? Who? Where? How? but most often than not WTF? were the questions popping into my head every other paragraph.

None of the places, politics, history and even characters, including one of the MCs, are explored enough for readers to fully comprehend the magnitude of events that the author is bestowing upon us until it's almost into the second half.

* Felix doesn't get to shine in the beginning of the book; hell, Felix doesn't get to be or do anything before all hell brakes loose. He doesn't get. to. be. Although SM keeps showering us with "Felix is This" and "Felix is That", all we see is a mad, wounded, bleeding dog instead of a shiny pretty thing, and its running, whimpering, to his abuser after being called "a whore". That one word and an unsubstantiated implication to go along does not justify Felix's violent overreaction. I am sure it's all perfect in MS's head, but she clearly prefers not to share any additional bits with us (and there are more to come).
Where is this person who thinks quick on his legs? SM's shiny version of Felix should handle it in no time flat, instead he is seeking out his uber abusive master he hasn't seen in years and loading on drugs like there is no tomorrow.

.........................................

Felix the magnificent, "whose deadly wit is the terror of the court” my ass. Whiny little pup!

* The book is packed with too many elaborate names that mean nothing, people who never show up and have no impact on the events, places we never go to.

Not sure why French rev. calendar was used. To give an instant historical setting? Sorry, it didn't work. You can't use a calendar and a bunch of French sounding names to instantly set the stage, unless its real France and the time is set roughly during the very end of 18th/beginning of 19th centuries. Same goes for Troia/Greece. These tricks confuse, not clarify events or describe places or historical periods in fantasy fiction.

I jam fond of French history and literature, but even then it took me a few minutes to zoom in on Pluviôse, I simply did not expect it. It was one of my first in the long line of WTF moments. I am sure many of us remember the calendar, but then there are many who do not.


To SM:
*Please, translate for the overwhelming majority of your non-russian speaking audience, what the hell Morskaiakrov means. Would it kill you to make a footnote: *Morskayakrov (russian) - Sea Blood. In current setting it implies that the family who operates the boat has sea in their blood. They were born into the trade and sea is their home and their life.
Please, quit making people feel inadequate and leaving them tongue-twisted and cross-eyed.

* Too many side stories. For what purpose? Ah.... of course. Page count. But they slow down the flow of the main story and leave loose ends all over the place.
What was the deal with the hidden attic at St. Crellifer's? Great escape route. Great way in. But was it utilized? I really hope it will come handy later, because as of right now it's an opportunity and reader's time wasted.

*POV switching. Two paragraphs here. Half a page there. Past Tense, Present Tense... I am looking forward (not!) to colons in The Virtu, that's on top of Italics and Mildmay's bad and inconstant speech antics.

*Would it greatly burden you to have a glossary of terms and names in the beginning of the book? If anything it will expand your page count.

*Please, mention your septads in the glossary of your quirks. Two septads and six is an amusing take on 20 questions, but - really? Really? Invent your own question game and leave decimals out.

OK, shutting up now. There is more in my updates if anyone cares.


This book made me angry. Felix, too, at the very end, with his lack of gratitude and common sense made me angry. BUT. The story held my interest. I am starting The Virtue today. That counts for something, I guess.

3 stars.

PS Shannon. I feel bad for him. Felix is one ungrateful piece of ...work.

PPS Melusine. With all my rumblings I totally spaced out. This should be in the first paragraph instead of PPS: For a city named Melusine there is a surprisingly short appearance of water creatures. Memorable. But short. A cameo :/
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  Mrella | Mar 8, 2021 |
Took forever for it to get somewhere where it 100% made sense but it was worth it. The development was really great and I loved everything that happened. The points of view were great because you get both sides so you know what both are thinking and you can be torn apart even more by misunderstandings! Hahaha! It's so great. At first, I was gonna give this a four but the ending was just SO LOVELY that it deserved the extra star. I can't wait to continue the series! ( )
  Isana | Jul 7, 2020 |
I am a sucker for books focused on family dynamics. ( )
  dreamweaversunited | Apr 27, 2020 |
Sarah Monette writes with great style - with strength and vigour and rhythm. She builds strong voices for her two first-person narrators and has some just plain delightful lines and exchanges. The details, and especially her similes and metaphors, are sprinkled like the perfect spice. (The one that sticks in my head is about the character's patience ripping asunder like a rotten cloth.) And the first-person descriptions of Felix's madness were very well done indeed.

None of which changes the fact that I found this book severely lacking in the plotting department.

Let me be honest: I am extremely demanding about plotting. I want it tight, and I want it all to mean something, and I want everything to feed into a big ball of OMG-finale. This book was, in that respect, just plain not for me. (Your mileage may vary.) We basically just follow along with our two narrators (Felix and Mildmay) as their lives happen - admittedly, through some pretty tumultuous happenings, that bring them together (eventually) and take them on a journey. But it's mostly about the character development - there is no villain, not really, and the supporting characters come into and fall away from their lives in a way that is entirely realistic and just plain not narratively satisfying to me.

I mean, I have no idea why we even have the entirety of Mildmay's story for the first third of the book, except that that is the only thing that kept me reading the book while I was rolling my eyes at Felix's amazing epic melodrama. (Dude freaks the fuck out on the first page of his narration, carries on with "my life is over" gothic melodrama for forty pages or so, then goes insane for the next hundred pages. It's wonderfully written but not particularly sympathy-inducing.)

I understand there are another three books to follow this one, but since I am left with absolutely no burning questions about Felix and Mildmay, and no real loose ends to the "plot", I don't think I'll be picking them up. ( )
  cupiscent | Aug 3, 2019 |
I'm adding this series to a personal subgenre I refer to as "literary crack" -- highly addictive, couldn't put it down, not actually sure I'd recommend it. But as soon as the next one comes out, I'll be there. ( )
  akaGingerK | Sep 30, 2018 |
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