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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 ›
Corambis reads like an in-between book rather than a finale. The world the author has built is so detailed and rich, surely more stories could be found without inventing anymore background material. In fact there are several threads in the book that hint at new directions for exploration. There is an indigenous people with their own magical system. There are a number of new characters introduced that have their own stories to tell. The new voice of Kay Brightmore, the wounded soldier, is pointed in a new direction that would surely be a book in itself. (He is NOT the lover of Prince Gerrard Hume as stated in Publisher's Weekly review. It is unrequited love.) Then there is young Julian that sees ghosts. There is a young woman who is trying to become a wizard in a culture that doesn't believe women can do that.
The country of Corambis is safer than Mirador in some respects and but more conservative in others. It is subjugating a land, Caloxa, that has a different governing structure that doesn't suit Corambis.
I can understand if the author simply needs a break from the intensity of these books. I hope that someday she can return and pick up the threads again. I really wish the story would continue because the author has left them in a sort of limbo that is painful after the excitement they've lived with all their lives. Maybe they don't need to go out and start a war but the world the author has created has plenty of existing material to involve them in new adventures.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Part of a series, make sure you read the other books in order or you won't understand anything.Published 11 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 on June 27, 2014 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
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
I read the first three volumes of this series in ebook format (on my iPhone, as it happens) and quite enjoyed them. Read more