Melusine

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Melusine-a city of secrets and lies, pleasure and pain, magic and corruption. It is here that wizard Felix Harrowgate and cat-burglar Mildmay the Fox will find their destinies intertwined in a world of sensuality and savagery.
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Overview

Melusine-a city of secrets and lies, pleasure and pain, magic and corruption. It is here that wizard Felix Harrowgate and cat-burglar Mildmay the Fox will find their destinies intertwined in a world of sensuality and savagery.
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Publishers Weekly
Set in the wondrous city of Melusine, Monette's extraordinary first fantasy novel focuses on two captivating characters from two very different worlds: Felix Harrowgate, a powerful magician at the court of Lord Steven Teverius, and Mildmay the Fox, a cat burglar who has been trained as an assassin. When Felix falls prey to the unscrupulous machinations of a man who's plotting to destroy Melusine, he's left nearly mad, unable to clear his name or explain his actions. Mildmay, on the other hand, undertakes a simple burglary, thinking it will lead to a bit of extra flash that will keep him going for more than a few days. Instead, the burglary opens the way to a series of unfortunate events that force Felix and Mildmay into a partnership neither of them could have anticipated or desired. Jacqueline Carey provides a blurb, but those readers expecting a knock-off of that author's Kushiel series will be happily surprised. Monette resembles Carey only insofar as she, too, is a highly original writer with her own unique voice. Agent, Jack Byrne at the Sternig & Byrne Literary Agency. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Melusine is a city both sordid and splendid, rich in history and layered with corruption. Monette shows readers this fantastical place through the eyes of two characters: Felix, a member of an elite society of wizards, and Mildmay, a thief and former assassin. After his past as a whore is revealed, Felix returns to the man who trained him to pass as a noble. His malicious mentor uses a sexual ritual and Felix's magic to shatter the Virtu, a crystal that stabilizes magic. Felix goes mad, is imprisoned, and is sent to an asylum. Mildmay's precarious existence becomes more and more difficult. When he hits rock bottom, he is hired by another wizard, whose card divination says Mildmay will lead him to Felix. Monette has created an interesting world, leaving enough unexplained to intrigue patient readers. Profane Mildmay and insane Felix have distinctive narrative voices. Side plots and secondary characters are dropped soon after the two meet, so any resolution of the many issues raised will have to wait until the sequel.-Susan Salpini, TASIS-The American School in England Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441014170
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/27/2006
  • Series: Melusine Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.33 (d)

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    By far the greatest book i've ever read

    With thrilling characters, a plot that never stops twisting, and a writing style that is completely unique and refreshing, Melusine is certainly a book to be remembered and cherished for years. It will make you laugh, cry, gasp, and take you on a ride like no other. Although this is most definitely a book for the more mature audience and not for those easily offended (due to language and one or two shocking scenes) it is one for any sort or reader- mystery, fantasy, thriller, adventure, some comedy and some romance. I first read this book years ago and since then I have been waiting by the bookstore doors at the release of each new installment. In total there are four books in the set-the other three are the Mirador, the Virtu, and Corambus- and they are all just as amazing and unique. A serious must read!

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  • Posted March 12, 2013

    One of my favorite books. It was fantastic!

    One of my favorite books. It was fantastic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2007

    Wonderful Story

    Not much to say beacuse I cant express how much I enjoyed reading this book.....this book is so great that I can't wait to read the next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2007

    Terrific novel

    During the beginning of the novel, I was a little put out and annoyed because of Mildmay¿s narrative and the curse words so extravagantly parceled out in his narratives. I was thinking, who does this Monette think she is? Why wasn¿t this in the trash section? HOWEVER, I am *extremely* glad I decided to continue reading into Mildmay and Felix¿s story. The characters and their world turned out to be a very compelling story. Their alternate point of views are dramatic and engaging. Mildmay has become my favorite character from all of the novels I¿ve read, and I¿ve read quite a few. Someone who is so broken, so down on himself, believing himself almost worthless- yet that same character is full of strength and generosity. Honestly- if you are ready to move onto another book by the first few chapters, I would say stay with the book but skip to the middle of the story. I lent a friend of mine my book and she had issues with the beginning and so I suggested she read the part where Mildmay and Felix meet¿ from there she was engrossed with the story and re-read it beginning to end the second time just to understand everything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2006

    Too bad for horrible summaries...

    At first I couldn't stand Mildmay's brash point of view but I soon found it comforting compared to Felix's whinning narrative. In my opinion, if Melusine had been narrated completely by Mildmay and not alternating between the two main characters the book would have been tolerable. I may have counted my chicks too early though about this book, seeing as I only read up to the 100th page because I was just bored with it. The book seems to lack the depth it tries to inspire in its readers. Felix's story of being a prostitute is left sort of hanging open. As if there had been a book previous to Melusine that explained everything. Another thing that bothered me was that Felix's story tried to alude to his past and instead of being able to empathize with Felix the reader is left in the dark.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2006

    Not for the small of mind

    I quite simply loved this book. I found the alternating POV to be fascinating, the fantasy universe it's set in well thought out and believable, and the writing superb. What was really outstanding, though, were the characters. The author didn't slap us upside the head with Felix and Mildmay, their flaws and hidden depths were revealed as the story grew. Sometimes when you read a story where a main character is gay, the author makes that character perfect, but that's not the case here. Felix is talented and arrogant, but ultimately likeable because he knows his own limitations. That he's gay is just one facet of his complex character it's not the sum of his character and I particularly enjoyed that. This book won't be for everyone, but for readers sophisticated enough to enjoy alternating POVs of exquisitely drawn, unique characters, it's a real gem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2006

    Sordid and splendid

    This is a fascinating tale, full of intriguing characters, engaging action, and multifarious sexualities that are provocative and thrilling. It is a credit to a genre that is often staid and regressive. Thank you for a challenging and fulfilling novel. As an aside, any reviewer who comments without being capable of finishing even one chapter hardly deserves to be heeded.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2006

    Intricate interwoven first-person narrative

    This book is not for the faint-hearted, or the reader who doesn't want to pay close attention to what's going on. In addition to having two first-person and therefore unreliable narrators, the characters tell their stories while immersed in their intricate world and don't give you a guidebook. You have to discover what they already know while you follow along with their stories.............. The first character you meet, Felix, is quite an unlikable and self-centered guy. He has, however, an awful lot of important and interesting things happening to him. The second narrator, Mildmay, is probably one of the most engaging and decent protagonists I've seen in a book in a long time, despite the fact that he is by trade a thief and assassin.............. If you don't like stories where bad things happen to good people, or are disturbed by sexual content, this book isn't for you. You won't like it if you don't like stylized narrative voice. You won't like it if you don't like fantasy where magic is integral to the plot. You won't like it if you want black hats vs. white hats............. You'll probably like it if you liked Lonesome Dove or Laura Kinsale's romance novels or Tolkein's complexity, or any books that have a lot of tolerance and forgiveness of people's foibles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2005

    This Book is Tacky and Awful!

    If there was less than a one star review this book would have gotten it. There are some things that just should not be published. Besides having a confusing and tacky writing style, the story has very little plot. I barely made it through the first chapter, let alone the whole book. Save yourself the trouble.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Thrilling tale

    Robert of Hermione exposes esteemed wizard Felix Harrowgate of once being a prostitute. Felix does not respond, but walks away from his so-called surprised friends as his past as a slave has returned ending his career at least inside the walls of Mirador........................... In the city proper of Melusine, Geniva Thomson hires cat burglar Mildmay the Fox to steal a clock, a figurine and jewelry from her alleged former lover Lord Otavius. Mildmay easily succeeds, but feels compelled to do more although he knows a wizard, perhaps his client, has enchanted him. This wizard seeks Felix and will use any pawn to achieve the objective. Felix and Mildmay meet on the run and team up as both their lives seem forfeit, but neither was prepared for what they learn about their interwoven past, the threat of foreign strange magic overwhelming Melusine nor how to even survive their trek through bizarre magical realms to confront their common foe..................... This fine fantasy rotates first person perspectives between Felix and Mildmay until their paths collide. Thus the audience gets a close look at the motives that drive both protagonists, which brings realism to the Monette fantasy realm where magic flows everywhere. Felix is simply escaping a shameful past not of his making but still humiliating while Mildmay may be caught by a wizard¿s spell but also his childhood training as a thief-slave that molded him comes across too. Fans of character driven fantasies starring two distinct likable but flawed heroes on personal quests of salvation will want to read Sarah Monette¿s thrilling tale.................. Harriet Klausner

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