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Unfortunately, as fascinating as this aspect of Ms. Where series novels, no matter the genre, are usually plot-based affairs, books like this tend to be where a writer focuses much more on characterization than in earlier books in a given series, which is why I think the tipping-point book is the mark of a good writer.
Granted, some series don't have them. What to do in those cases? Don't ask me. The writing must sparkle in order to make such character-based books work well, and The Mirador , lovely thing that it is, does sparkle. Even if you want to kill Sarah Monette after you've read the final chapter of this book. Some questions were never meant to be answered. Mar 10, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: good , series , slashreaders.
SlashReaders : Okay just a note if you plan on reading this you might not want to read all of this. I will however leave that for the end. So if you wish to read the first part without reading the spoilers you can. I guess I should start off by saying, I enjoyed this book as I did the other two. However I felt that this volume was lacking somewhat. I also found that the back of the book was misleading to me. That aside, I enjoyed reading it but I was also annoyed with it all at the same time.
This SlashReaders : Okay just a note if you plan on reading this you might not want to read all of this.
This volume raises more questions that it answers which is highly annoying when the next one isn't out. The point of this book isn't about saving the city, it becomes more of an insight into Mehitable Parr then anything else. We get glimpses of Mildmay and Felix but nothing is resolved between them. I think we get advances in both Mehitable and Mildmay's characters however Felix still seems to be stuck in the mire that is himself despite the glimpses of possibility that he shows.
Though I think perhaps the events at the end of the book shove him back towards madness and may give him a chance to make progress away from the ass that he most typically is. Like the underlying back stories that we have been going through here. Of the past kings and queens and such, it adds a nice backdrop.
I think that it also gives things an air of reality that we might not otherwise have. However, again this raises more questions. I really want to know how the laying of Magnus at the end of this book really plays into things because it seems out of place and slightly superfluous right now. I liked him in the first book. There were a lot of possibilities given to his character and his past with Theadus.
Which is never fully explained. However I felt that Gideon lost a lot when he was rescued, and came back without his tongue. He shows sparks of his old self in the third book but never really becomes what he was. Which annoyed me. But that aside, I wanted him to come back and be the strong character that he was originally.
I did not want to see him simply end up dead. Somehow I don't quite find myself believing the sequence of events that we are given.
I want to see the note that he received and know where he actually met with the ass that killed him. Because Gideon was not stupid, and it would've had to be a well played trick to get him to believe it. That of course does not change the fact that he's dead. Jun 12, Jay rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy. I was apparently a bit too enthusiastic in my review of the first book of this series. It was a kinda "can't see the forest for the trees" moment. I absolutely adore Mildmay. That really helps since I can't stand Felix more often than not.
Is when he's tortured and gone bugfuck. He's not a likable character, but I don't think he's meant to be. Or he is meant to be, but only after he's been tempered by the extreme heat of how he keeps fucking up his life. And Mi I was apparently a bit too enthusiastic in my review of the first book of this series.
And Mildmay's by proxy. I liked the new pov in this one, as Mehitabel is pretty snazzy. I will admit that now that I've a chance to go back and read all three books in one go, the swapping perspectives every few pages can get old. I have no problem with each chapter having a different narrator, but new narrators every few pages?
Can be excessive. I still read it, though, and will pick up the final book in the Quad when it drops next summer, because whether I like the characters or not. Whether they started out having their motivations or their world well-explained or not, I'm still intrigued by what they do and what's going to happen to them. It's just unfortunate that the first book wasn't really marked as the first in a series, because jumping in en media res without any obvious payoff at the end of the first book threw off quite a few folks I recommened these books to.
Ah, well. Such is life. Such are books. Dec 11, liz rated it it was ok Shelves: queer-sci-fi-fantasy , female-authors Less grindingly unpleasant than the previous two but I'm not totally sure why I keep reading this series. Mehitabel is a fun narrator at least. Jun 24, LenaLena rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy. This book in the series feels like an intermission.
We're just hanging around in the Mirador and there are a bunch of little, non-urgent mysteries being pursued by way of plot. You kind of figure that, seemingly unrelated, they'll all come together somehow, and they do, but not until the very end, when crash-bang-boom everything blows up in Felix's face without much build up. The plot under the plot is about how Mildmay and Felix, the Master Non-Communicators, gain a bit more insight into themse This book in the series feels like an intermission. The plot under the plot is about how Mildmay and Felix, the Master Non-Communicators, gain a bit more insight into themselves and their brotherly relationship, but advancement in that one is doled out so sparingly, it sometimes seems barely there.
So, I for one am happy we are about to leave Melusine behind in the next installment. Apr 09, Margaret rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy-and-science-fiction , read , read , authors-mn , read.
Sorcerer Felix and cat burglar Mildmay are still two of the POV characters, and Monette has added a third, actress Mehitabel Parr, whose sections I enjoyed very much, particularly as she brings to bear an outside view of Felix and Mildmay's complex, troubled relationship; as always, Monette handles the three different voices beautifully, always making it clear who is speaking.
I don't want to go into plot details for fear of spoilers, but I will say that this book has a little less action and fa Sorcerer Felix and cat burglar Mildmay are still two of the POV characters, and Monette has added a third, actress Mehitabel Parr, whose sections I enjoyed very much, particularly as she brings to bear an outside view of Felix and Mildmay's complex, troubled relationship; as always, Monette handles the three different voices beautifully, always making it clear who is speaking.
I don't want to go into plot details for fear of spoilers, but I will say that this book has a little less action and far more court intrigue than the previous two, and it works just as well. View all 5 comments. Nov 17, Wealhtheow rated it liked it Shelves: queer-characters , fantasy. This is the third book in Monette's series. Felix and his younger brother Mildmay have returned to the Mirador, where court politics and dark magic are once again complicating their already complicated lives.
I hope that the next novel has more action and less moping.
Aug 24, Ascian rated it it was amazing Shelves: sex , fantasy , humorous , romance. The only book of the series with a first-person point of view that is female, Mehitabel Parr. The main attraction of the book for me, and the aspect that sets it apart for me from the rest of the series, is that it gives for the first time a relatively humanizing look at the ruler of the city of Melusine, Stephen Teverius. Not as bad a guy as Felix Harrowgate's perspective depict him.
I can admire the masterful plotting as a writer, juggling so many things at once, but as a reader, I was more often frustrated than not. I honestly couldn't see much in the way of foreshadowing that would let me put together some of the clues myself, and the slow-as-molasses pacing coupled with story threads being dropped and picked up again a hundred or more pages later made this a more challenging read to follow than either of its predecessors.