Melusine

Melusine

Book - 2005
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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. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Miscellaneous Ace Books, c2005
ISBN: 9780441014170

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armstp Nov 23, 2012

Sarah Monette drops readers directly into a conflict confronting Felix, one of the two protagonists, without first establishing the context in which it occurs. The conflict immediately goes from bad to worse, precipitating an assault against Felix that made me wonder if I truly wanted to read this book. (I was anticipating more assaults against Felix's body and mind.) I read further and, despite the situation being dire, I did become absorbed in the story, primarily because of Monette's description of the hallucinatory mindset that grips Felix and the introduction of the second protagonist, Mildmay, who brings a contrasting colorful earthiness to the story. My only quibble after I had bought into the story was the abrupt change in attitude of secondary characters toward Felix. I didn't believe how quickly they turned against him, no matter what treachery they attributed to him. Felix's attitude toward Mildmay toward the end of the story was confusing, too. Nonetheless, I plan to read The VIrtu, the second book in the series.

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azzuen
Jul 06, 2011

This whole series is in my top 10.

This series is not an easy, lighthearted read. It explores insanity, the after effects of mental and physical rape, crippling injuries, and other dark themes. If you can get past the first 50 pages of Mélusine, you're probably good for being able to handle what happens in the rest of the series.

Although I read this when I was only 15, I would not recommend this series to the faint of heart or the close minded.

If you can get past all of that though, it is a rewarding journey with riveting, well thought out characters.

m2 Jan 28, 2011

I loved this whole series and yearn for Susan Monette to write more. And am always on a fruitless search for something similar.

Felix and Mildmay are the most deeply developed characters I have read in fiction perhaps. And of course I am in love with Mildmay and have been for years.

The same warning applies as stated by other reviewers -- this is Adult Fantasy and there is a violent homosexual rape as a critical part of the plot.

Stay away from this if you're squeamish about abuse and rape... otherwise an amazing book. The contrast in Felix and Mildmay's first-person point-of-views was great!

brightling Jan 12, 2010

Definately an adult novel. The first section of the book in particular deals fairly graphically with slavery, physical abuse, and rape on an extreme level. While an interesting read I would not advise this book to someone who didn't have the world experience and self knowledge to be able to cope with the content healthily. I think I would have been much more uncomfortable with the content if I hadn't previously read Lynn Flewelling's work which in some ways is darker but is handled in what I would consider a more subtle way. If you find Lynn's work too intense then I would suggest avoiding this one. Otherwise I think its an interesting read.

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azzuen
Jul 06, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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azzuen
Jul 06, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

brightling Jan 12, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

brightling Jan 12, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

brightling Jan 12, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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azzuen
Oct 27, 2011

'He trusted me. It was a cruel and bitter irony; every trust that had ever been placed in me, I had betrayed, including his.'
-- pg 474

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azzuen
Oct 27, 2011

' "Consider the stars. Among them are no passions, no wars. They know neither love nor hatred. Did man but emulate the stars, would not his soul become clear and radiant, as they are? But man's spirit draws him like a moth to the ephemera of this world, and in their heat, he is consumed entire." '
-- pg 176

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azzuen
Jun 12, 2011

'I wanted to turn around and tell them to go f*** themselves sideways with a bargepole, but my lead wasn't long enough.'

-- Mildmay, page 25, MMPB

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brightling Jan 12, 2010

brightling thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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