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Corambis Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 7, 2009
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Corambis is apparently supposed to be about emotional healing. However, it's an extended therapy session where the characters are confessing everything readers have already known about for three books, and which these characters have confessed before to other characters. So, I've spent four books thinking, get over it, and get on to _doing_ something. I read this last book in the series in the hope that they would.
Especially, I wanted a happy ending for Felix who, apparently in his early 30s, still thinks and acts like an abused child. He's realized his half-brother Mildmay loves him--which considering how faithful Mildmay's been for four books, took much too long--but Felix wants a lover, a spouse. The author leaves even that question open, with three somewhat possible candidates with whom Felix would have had very different relationships. And really, is Felix going to be happy living a retired country life, considering his few pleasures used to stem from a sophisticated urban and palace environment? What about Mildmay, whose only goal in life has become to follow and support his brother--doesn't he deserve something for himself?Read more ›
Gone are the fraught and mysterious magical doings, the unexpected and dangerous situations Mildmay and Felix used to stumble into practically every time they turned a corner, the spiky and fascinating relationship between the half-brothers. In place of these things we get brief and unsatisfying showdowns with a giant stomping robot and a bad-tempered clockwork octopus, and a lot of hand-wringing about Felix's emotional state.
Mildmay's character is flat; whereas he used to have his own side projects, not to mention his own excruciating emotional struggles, he has at this point become something more akin to a traditional (and hence uninteresting) sidekick. One would have thought, as a result of his having recovered from his Strych-induced amnesia at the end of book three, that Mildmay might have had a few issues of his own he'd need to resolve in this volume. Apparently not, as his only role here is to act as a sounding board for Felix and patch up his half-brother's clothes and socks. Felix, for his part, works hard on rehabilitating himself. This is something he certainly needs to do, but the process (which involves a lot of confessionals to other characters, including various recitals of his difficult sexual history) was unconvincing, as it required Felix to abandon his dignity completely and repeatedly.
I have a lot of respect for Ms. Monette's abilities as a writer, but this book just doesn't live up to the rest of the series.Read more ›
A new character, Kay Brightmore, Margrave of Rothmarlin, was at the center of the fighting for the freedom of his lands from the rule of the Corambins. In an act of desperation, he and the leadership of the rebellion sought to awaken the powers of the mechanism of Summerdown, to disastrous effect.
Corambis is so far from Felix and Mildmay's city of Melusine, that much knowledge has never spanned the distance. Felix has some idea of the powers at work and has the ability to safeguard the world from them, but he's hobbled by the will of the council.
In the meantime, the brothers need to sort out their relationship and see if they will be able to forge a new life in this strange land. They cross paths with Kay and with many other characters along the way.
All the characters are well-drawn and fascinating, and the land of Corambis, with its technology (trains!) and differing views of magic, is also worthy of exploration. This forth and final book in the Doctrine of the Labyrinth series (beginning with _Melusine_--the books are best read in order) makes for a satisfying conclusion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Part of a series, make sure you read the other books in order or you won't understand anything.Published 4 months ago by W. Flick
The last of Monette's series about a seriously troubled wizard in an invented world. I liked the complex portrayal of the characters. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Maye Vanarsdel
Sarah Monette is awesome. Her use of language is lyrical, humorous, fabulous. Her discussions of labyrinths & patterns/patterning - how patterns create or influence r perception of... Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by V Smith
How many stars do you give a book that is well written but leaves you hungry? If you to see the brothers finally reach a point where they are comfortable together, you will be... Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Exiled from Mélusine, the wizard Felix and his brother Mildmay journey towards Corambis, a foreign nation recently sundered by civil war. Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Juushika
I really enjoyed these characters. Of course it makes more sense if you read the previous books in the series.Published on March 25, 2013 by LW
It seems I do not agree with many of the other reviewers.
I LOVED this book- I loved it more than the previous volumes in the series. Read more
I wanted to add a positive review for this book, my favorite in the Melusine series. Sarah Monette does a great job of painting a brightly realized and believable world. Read morePublished on February 7, 2011 by May
I've enjoyed this entire series very much. In this book, Felix is exiled, and Monette introduces us to another country, this one as complex as the others, albeit with a bit more of... Read morePublished on July 17, 2010 by dephal