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Melusine
     

Melusine

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by Sarah Monette
 

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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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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441014170
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
06/27/2006
Series:
Melusine Series , #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.33(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Melusine: 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
CharlieHaliwell More than 1 year ago
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!
Mildmay More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books. It was fantastic!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.