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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Hardcover; 1 edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441015964
  • ASIN: B002IKLO2I
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,780,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The rambling conclusion to Monette's Mélusine fantasy quartet (after 2008's The Mirador) reveals the destiny of three exiles. Prince Gerrard Hume dies in an attempt to start the sinister Cymellunar engine, which he hoped would help win Caloxa's independence from Corambis. Blinded by the engine, Kay Brightmore, the margrave of Rothmarlin and the prince's illicit lover, is imprisoned by Corambis's duke of Glimmering. Meanwhile, far away in Bernatha, gay wizard Felix Harrowgate returns to prostitution to raise money when his half-brother becomes ill, but is gang-raped by Corambins in a ritual that restarts the Clock of Eclipses, another terrible Cymellunar device. Monette throws in numerous unsubtle lessons on love, lust and power, but for full effect, the intricate plot requires familiarity with prior installments. (Apr.)
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It is well written but drags in a lot of ways from the previous novels.
This book is really about healing, and for those of us who have agonized along with Felix and Mildmay, it's about time.
Amy Roberts
I'm not sure if it's a stand-alone, though; I suspect one will most appreciate it if one's read the previous 3 books.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A. J Terry on April 20, 2009
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Let me say about the four-book series: I don't require literature to be cozy. However, almost all the major characters are deeply emotionally and/or physically damaged, and can't get their minds on anything else for almost the entire length of every part of every book they narrate. When they're not narrating, someone else is describing their depression, self-destructiveness, serious physical illness and/or injury, etc. The series would be more effective if the characters got to enjoy themselves once in awhile; rather than the most relief being, currently they don't feel too awful though they know they will soon.

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?
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Jacobs VINE VOICE on April 11, 2009
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The best thing about this final book in Monette's Doctrine of Labyrinths is the brand-new character Kay Brightmore. Given how I felt about the other three books in the series--namely, that they were by far the best thing going in fantasy today--this actually constitutes something of a tragedy. (Mild spoilers follow.)

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By May on February 7, 2011
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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. I love how distinct she makes her different settings, and this one, of a country on the edge of modernizing swallowing up its less advanced neighbor is my favorite.

It's interesting to see Felix and Mildmay on their own again, reinventing themselves but not just shedding the past like an old pair of trousers either. Kay is a good addition, and an effective native voice to provide context for the conflict. I liked Kay's stubbornness and somewhat unexpected story arc given that we are introduced to him at what should be the tragic end to his adventures.

But I enjoyed this book most for its moments of wonder. The attack on the train, the trap of the labyrinth, Felix's explanation of magic (actually one of my favorite, ever, and I've read a lot), teaching the students to see noirant energy...

So, some sex, some violence, some violent sex, but overall worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dephal VINE VOICE on July 17, 2010
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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 a steampunk vibe. We also meet a new character, the blinded soldier Kay, whom I liked very much. I found his voice especially charming.

In this book, several of the Mildmay's and Felix's conflicts are addressed, which is a good thing. The adventures themselves are a little less hair-raising than their prior ones, with a bit of an anticlimactic-climax. I also wish a few more loose ends had been tied up at the end.

Nonetheless, I really liked this book, in part because Monette writes so vividly. I'm going to miss the characters, however.
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