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Corambis ❮BOOKS❯ ✯ Corambis Author Sarah Monette – Polishdarling.co.uk In the spellbinding conclusion to the brilliant fantasy series, Doctrine of Labyrinths, two brothers discover their ultimate destinyExiled from Melusine for the crime of heresy, Felix Harrowgate and h In the spellbinding conclusion to the brilliant fantasy series, Doctrine of Labyrinths, two brothers discover their ultimate destinyExiled from Melusine for the crime of heresy, Felix Harrowgate and his half brother Mildmay journey to the land of Corambis to face judgement from a ruling body of wizards Both brothers carry memories, regret, and hidden deep in their hearts hope.

  • Hardcover
  • 421 pages
  • Corambis
  • Sarah Monette
  • English
  • 06 February 2018
  • 0441015964

About the Author: Sarah Monette

My pseudonym is Katherine Addison Katherine reviews nonfiction Sarah reviews fiction Fair warning I read very little fiction these daysI was born and raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one of the secret cities of the Manhattan Project I studied English and Classics in college, and have gone on to get my MA and PhD in English Literature My first four novels were published by Ace Books I have written two collaborations with Elizabeth Bear for Tor A Companion to Wolves and The Tempering of Men My short stories have appeared in lots of different places, including Lady Churchill s Rosebud Wristlet, Weird Tales, and Strange Horizons I ve published two collections of short stories, Somewhere Beneath Those Waves and The Bone Key I collect books, and my husband collects computer parts, so our living space is the constantly contested border between these two imperial ambitions.



10 thoughts on “Corambis

  1. Meg Meg says:

    CorambisOrFelix Tries Not To Be A Dick For a Change and Seriously Who Designed This Cover This was an excellent conclusion to the series There are dark parts in the story telling, but over all things end on an unapologetically happy note Which feels right and fair for everything these characters put up with.I was dubious about having a third narrator again But Kay was less intrusive to the story than Mehitabel His sections, while present, work to explain the political and social system we fi CorambisOrFelix Tries Not To Be A Dick For a Change and Seriously Who Designed This Cover This was an excellent conclusion to the series There are dark parts in the story telling, but over all things end on an unapologetically happy note Which feels right and fair for everything these characters put up with.I was dubious about having a third narrator again But Kay was less intrusive to the story than Mehitabel His sections, while present, work to explain the political and social system we find ourselves in His story also does not distract from the main plot of the book Most importantly, Kay s sections also consisted of considerably less of the novel than Mehitabel s, giving plenty of time for Felix and Mildmay to tell their story And by Felix and Mildmay, I mostly mean Felix This, in a lot of ways, was truly his book and he plays the central character Don t pick up the last book expecting lots and lots of Mildmay He s present, he s awesome as ever, but the story is primarily about Felix I have always liked Felix, so this was a pleasure for me People who didn t like Felix as much may not enjoy this book, depending on what aspects of his personality they do or don t like He spends a lot of the story double guessing himself, so if you didn t like wishy washy Felix, you may not enjoy this On the other hand, if you hated him because of the way he treated Mildmay, you may enjoy this book People who hated Felix will have to make their own call on that one As someone who liked Felix, the book gets an A plus I ve been checking a lot of books out of the library recently, but this is series I actually want to own and have on my shelf I loved the intricate writing, the distinct voices, and I was absolutely addicted to this series while reading it Now I have to find something else to do with my weekends since I finished all four books Oh well, back to paranormal books, I suppose

  2. Juxian Juxian says:

    3,5 stars.Well, going back to the beginning The first book was awesome I loved it to death andThe second book was extremely good The third book was a disaster all IMHO, mind you And the last book I loved the first half of it almost as much as I loved the first and the second book It focused on Felix and Mildmay, it was intense, there was so much angst you could drown in it twice and a half, and yet there were sparkles of hope as well And the third p.o.v., Kay s, was not annoy 3,5 stars.Well, going back to the beginning The first book was awesome I loved it to death andThe second book was extremely good The third book was a disaster all IMHO, mind you And the last book I loved the first half of it almost as much as I loved the first and the second book It focused on Felix and Mildmay, it was intense, there was so much angst you could drown in it twice and a half, and yet there were sparkles of hope as well And the third p.o.v., Kay s, was not annoying, well, since Kay was in the situation of extreme suffering and yeah, I cared what was happening to him.And then it all kinda I don t know what petered out Kay s p.o.v became just page count well, I want to say it again it all is just my opinion, I can totally imagine other readers loving it all There were too many characters I didn t care about doing things I didn t find interesting Felix and Mildmay s relationship you know, if it were a contemporary book, they d probably go to psychotherapy and you re right, I do sound as unenthusiastic as I seem Anyway, they were working on their relationship, they figured out their mistakes and will try to be better And it was good, I m happy for them Who am I kidding I want passion, I want suffering, I want catharsis The ending was so anti climatic I m trying hard to find something to say about it It ended I m ready to move on and start reading other books.And it shouldn t be like that I spentthan a week with these characters, there should be a a sillage after that in my mind I do love it, lingering on the characters after I finish reading, imagining their lives after the word end I don t want to do it here It s all so bland, I don t know Maybe I didn t like the ending, too view spoiler Sending Felix to mind the lighthouse it feels like such a waste Sorry, he s thirty, he s not seventy that he needs peace, quiet and a library to read through And what is Mildmay going to do there Find a farm girl to fuck I don t know It s all such a let down I don t even want to think about it hide spoiler A couplethings I d like to mention Why the f ck was that incest thing necessary Please, I ve read all four books, I still don t see any importance of it I don t want to guess the author s motivations because I won t be nice about it Anyway, it was the gun that didn t shoot and just got rusty hanging on the wall Stanislavsky is disappointed.Another thing I think SM is really bad with romance Any romance, m m or m f Not her strong suit I don t mind it per se because you cannot have everything, I know it Just saying.So well I m happy I read the first two books And there was no way I wouldn t read the third and the fourth one But I just hate it how often almost every time a fantasy series stars stellar and finish up disappointing IMHO again.P.S I suddenly wondered if it d make a difference for me if it were not the last book of the series If I knew the author planned another book even if it never was written And the answer is yes If the ending of the book is just a stage in Felix s and Mildmay s life, a temporary situation before they move on I would find it pacifying and would be content with it But since the ending of the book is the CONCLUSION of the series and so, supposedly, what we have there is the prediction of their future no, I dislike this kind of future for them It s lukewarm future

  3. Ekollon Ekollon says:

    So, here we finally finish up what is surely the darkest series I have read in a really long time, a series so dark I m actually really surprised I finished it That doesn t by any means mean it was a bad series, it just means that it s dark enough that, looking back, I m surprised I didn t say, You know what, this personally isn t for me, I m going to stop It s a series full of violence and trauma, and that s not something I m big on Nevertheless, I finished it, and for the most part I enjo So, here we finally finish up what is surely the darkest series I have read in a really long time, a series so dark I m actually really surprised I finished it That doesn t by any means mean it was a bad series, it just means that it s dark enough that, looking back, I m surprised I didn t say, You know what, this personally isn t for me, I m going to stop It s a series full of violence and trauma, and that s not something I m big on Nevertheless, I finished it, and for the most part I enjoyed it a lotthan I expected.And I want this to be clear I m knocking a star off this book and rating it 3 stars instead of 4 stars because it absolutely does not feel like the end of the series, despite the fact that it was published 9 years ago and I think it s pretty clear that another book isn t coming out at this point Felix and Mildmay s story does not feel wrapped up in any way shape or form It s not like there is a huge, unbearable cliffhanger, but nothing feels property done, either We aren t left on a satisfying note Other than that, it is a good book It continues to not be a romance in any shape or form despite being categorized as a Romance M M Romance, and as with some of the previous books, there isn t even any romance in the book to make the label make sense I m not sure if GoodReads is causing weirdness with the categorization or what But this book is 100% not a romance If you want a romance, this book will profoundly disappoint you and make you unhappy There s a lot that goes on, but it s not romance.It s also a book, as I said, that is full of trauma The book has on page, graphic rape, and one of the characters is put through what I would describe as psychological torture It s not a gentle book, so be ready if you re planning to go in.The world building is absolutely fascinating, and I love the way that different parts of the world have both different cultures and different levels of technology That s just fun

  4. Felicia Felicia says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I have very mixed feelings about this book, probably because I love the first three of the series soooo much and it s been a while since I ve read them That s the problem with huge fantasy epics, you forget stuff and then want to dive in without being properly oriented to what s going on.Also, I read this on a Kindle which is nice but you don t have a map if there was one in the hardback version A map would have helped reading this book a lot Hell, I like maps in every book I read, regardle I have very mixed feelings about this book, probably because I love the first three of the series soooo much and it s been a while since I ve read them That s the problem with huge fantasy epics, you forget stuff and then want to dive in without being properly oriented to what s going on.Also, I read this on a Kindle which is nice but you don t have a map if there was one in the hardback version A map would have helped reading this book a lot Hell, I like maps in every book I read, regardless of genre The good stuff I love these characters, I love how this series is not really categorizable, I love how she deals with homosexual characters in an interesting way, I love the introspection and the deepness of world building The stuff I want to avoid talking about but must to review it is that this book was a bit of a disjointed ending to an AMAZING series I felt like the world we got dropped into, one with mechanics and steam etc etc, was a little bit jumping the shark from the first three Better this had been a start to another trilogy in this steampunky universe our heroes got taken to I missed the secondary characters from the last book which ended on a heartwrenching note, amazing , and I was slightly confused about why we actually were living through the new character s eyes, even to the end The first half was very engrossing because it was a lot of Felix and Mildmay orFelix actually , but the storylines seemed to drift from where they wanted to go midway through, and instead into a metaphysical realm that was a bit hard to follow and connect with as a reader Only my personal opinion I will definitely read other things this author has to offer, she reminds me of Jaqueline Carey a lot, and I would encourage trying this series despite the strange turn book 4 took

  5. Liviu Liviu says:

    Perfect ending to the Doctrine of Labyrinths series and incontestably the number one fantasy of 09 so far for me, though there are many books to come Also a daring book as it s pretty much a standalone, taking place far away from Melusine in Corambis, and having only Mildmay and Felix as recurring characters Corambis is a very different setting too with trains, subway, magic as technology, and an Aristocratic Republic to boot, just ending a brutal three year old insurrection from its southern Perfect ending to the Doctrine of Labyrinths series and incontestably the number one fantasy of 09 so far for me, though there are many books to come Also a daring book as it s pretty much a standalone, taking place far away from Melusine in Corambis, and having only Mildmay and Felix as recurring characters Corambis is a very different setting too with trains, subway, magic as technology, and an Aristocratic Republic to boot, just ending a brutal three year old insurrection from its southern province formerly known as the kingdom of Caloxa which was a medieval like state with very different magic and has been conquered only 40 years before Felix was presented as Caloxan by Malkar to the Mirador Court in the series beginning, and that is basically the only tenuous connection between the first 3 volumes and this one.Outstanding and the best of series, a truly mature novel that marks the culmination of one of the best fantasy series of the past 4 years

  6. Margaret Margaret says:

    This goes off in a completely different direction from the first three books the setting is somewhere new, and nearly all the characters save for Felix and Mildmay are new Yet I found it a very satisfying conclusion to the series, because although it introduces new elements and a new story arc, it also resolves Felix and Mildmay s character arcs and relationships in a believable and pleasing way.

  7. T T says:

    I read this because I had thoroughly enjoyed the previous 3 books in the series but I think this one is not nearly as good It s not bad but it is not as deeply engaging I felt like I had come to know and care about the characters through the first 3 books but by in this one they were too different and capricious The ending was ultimately somewhat unsatisfying I think the problem was that in the other books Felix and Mildmay are interacting fully with other characters and in this book the oth I read this because I had thoroughly enjoyed the previous 3 books in the series but I think this one is not nearly as good It s not bad but it is not as deeply engaging I felt like I had come to know and care about the characters through the first 3 books but by in this one they were too different and capricious The ending was ultimately somewhat unsatisfying I think the problem was that in the other books Felix and Mildmay are interacting fully with other characters and in this book the other characters feel very tangential to the larger point of finally getting these brothers to admit they care for each other The storyline feels very isolated Monette also introduces an entirely different world Corambis and Caloxa with steam engines and universities and it is not as engaging as Melusine It s not a steampunk book so the attempts feel clumsy I think this book is worth reading just to finish the series The beginning of the series is SO GREAT that I felt disappointed but it s not a terrible book just not on the level of the others

  8. Irene Soldatos Irene Soldatos says:

    What am I going to do now this series has finished I feel somehow at a loss Yes, all four books were that good Corambis was a fitting conclusion to a truly wonderful story I d say epic, as well, only that might lead some people to think of the wrong sort of epicness The writing from the first page of Melusine to the last page of Corambis was simply superb, and the scholarship and erudition inspiring This is a many layered story, with many layered characters, and layered writing, and that s What am I going to do now this series has finished I feel somehow at a loss Yes, all four books were that good Corambis was a fitting conclusion to a truly wonderful story I d say epic, as well, only that might lead some people to think of the wrong sort of epicness The writing from the first page of Melusine to the last page of Corambis was simply superb, and the scholarship and erudition inspiring This is a many layered story, with many layered characters, and layered writing, and that s what makes it so incredible

  9. Joy Joy says:

    The conclusion to Monette s series really got under my skin This is the redemption book, and we see real development of the two main characters and their relationship This book also gives us one of the most cool magic systems I have encountered Throughout the books, Felix is constantly studying different types of magic systems from different regions, just as one would study different religions He believes that the underlying reality of magic will never be known rather, it s the metaphors th The conclusion to Monette s series really got under my skin This is the redemption book, and we see real development of the two main characters and their relationship This book also gives us one of the most cool magic systems I have encountered Throughout the books, Felix is constantly studying different types of magic systems from different regions, just as one would study different religions He believes that the underlying reality of magic will never be known rather, it s the metaphors that different cultures create to model that unknowable reality that determine the magic s capacity Felix says, There are bad metaphors, dangerous metaphors, destructive metaphors but not wrong metaphors Thaumaturgical theory, in the broadest sense, is about manipulating our metaphors and, ideally, making sure that the metaphors we use are good ones This explains different schools of wizardry, but also leaves open the possibility of completely new metaphors I think it is amazingly cool

  10. rubywednesday rubywednesday says:

    An excellent ending to a very enjoyable series I m so happy with the resolution, growth and sense of hope at the end this series The plot stuff isn t always stellar but the thoughtful, nuanced exploration of both main characters as well as the emotional engagement makes this for a thoroughly worthwhile read.

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10 thoughts on “Corambis

  1. Meg Meg says:

    CorambisOrFelix Tries Not To Be A Dick For a Change and Seriously Who Designed This Cover This was an excellent conclusion to the series There are dark parts in the story telling, but over all things end on an unapologetically happy note Which feels right and fair for everything these characters put up with.I was dubious about having a third narrator again But Kay was less intrusive to the story than Mehitabel His sections, while present, work to explain the political and social system we fi CorambisOrFelix Tries Not To Be A Dick For a Change and Seriously Who Designed This Cover This was an excellent conclusion to the series There are dark parts in the story telling, but over all things end on an unapologetically happy note Which feels right and fair for everything these characters put up with.I was dubious about having a third narrator again But Kay was less intrusive to the story than Mehitabel His sections, while present, work to explain the political and social system we find ourselves in His story also does not distract from the main plot of the book Most importantly, Kay s sections also consisted of considerably less of the novel than Mehitabel s, giving plenty of time for Felix and Mildmay to tell their story And by Felix and Mildmay, I mostly mean Felix This, in a lot of ways, was truly his book and he plays the central character Don t pick up the last book expecting lots and lots of Mildmay He s present, he s awesome as ever, but the story is primarily about Felix I have always liked Felix, so this was a pleasure for me People who didn t like Felix as much may not enjoy this book, depending on what aspects of his personality they do or don t like He spends a lot of the story double guessing himself, so if you didn t like wishy washy Felix, you may not enjoy this On the other hand, if you hated him because of the way he treated Mildmay, you may enjoy this book People who hated Felix will have to make their own call on that one As someone who liked Felix, the book gets an A plus I ve been checking a lot of books out of the library recently, but this is series I actually want to own and have on my shelf I loved the intricate writing, the distinct voices, and I was absolutely addicted to this series while reading it Now I have to find something else to do with my weekends since I finished all four books Oh well, back to paranormal books, I suppose


  2. Juxian Juxian says:

    3,5 stars.Well, going back to the beginning The first book was awesome I loved it to death andThe second book was extremely good The third book was a disaster all IMHO, mind you And the last book I loved the first half of it almost as much as I loved the first and the second book It focused on Felix and Mildmay, it was intense, there was so much angst you could drown in it twice and a half, and yet there were sparkles of hope as well And the third p.o.v., Kay s, was not annoy 3,5 stars.Well, going back to the beginning The first book was awesome I loved it to death andThe second book was extremely good The third book was a disaster all IMHO, mind you And the last book I loved the first half of it almost as much as I loved the first and the second book It focused on Felix and Mildmay, it was intense, there was so much angst you could drown in it twice and a half, and yet there were sparkles of hope as well And the third p.o.v., Kay s, was not annoying, well, since Kay was in the situation of extreme suffering and yeah, I cared what was happening to him.And then it all kinda I don t know what petered out Kay s p.o.v became just page count well, I want to say it again it all is just my opinion, I can totally imagine other readers loving it all There were too many characters I didn t care about doing things I didn t find interesting Felix and Mildmay s relationship you know, if it were a contemporary book, they d probably go to psychotherapy and you re right, I do sound as unenthusiastic as I seem Anyway, they were working on their relationship, they figured out their mistakes and will try to be better And it was good, I m happy for them Who am I kidding I want passion, I want suffering, I want catharsis The ending was so anti climatic I m trying hard to find something to say about it It ended I m ready to move on and start reading other books.And it shouldn t be like that I spentthan a week with these characters, there should be a a sillage after that in my mind I do love it, lingering on the characters after I finish reading, imagining their lives after the word end I don t want to do it here It s all so bland, I don t know Maybe I didn t like the ending, too view spoiler Sending Felix to mind the lighthouse it feels like such a waste Sorry, he s thirty, he s not seventy that he needs peace, quiet and a library to read through And what is Mildmay going to do there Find a farm girl to fuck I don t know It s all such a let down I don t even want to think about it hide spoiler A couplethings I d like to mention Why the f ck was that incest thing necessary Please, I ve read all four books, I still don t see any importance of it I don t want to guess the author s motivations because I won t be nice about it Anyway, it was the gun that didn t shoot and just got rusty hanging on the wall Stanislavsky is disappointed.Another thing I think SM is really bad with romance Any romance, m m or m f Not her strong suit I don t mind it per se because you cannot have everything, I know it Just saying.So well I m happy I read the first two books And there was no way I wouldn t read the third and the fourth one But I just hate it how often almost every time a fantasy series stars stellar and finish up disappointing IMHO again.P.S I suddenly wondered if it d make a difference for me if it were not the last book of the series If I knew the author planned another book even if it never was written And the answer is yes If the ending of the book is just a stage in Felix s and Mildmay s life, a temporary situation before they move on I would find it pacifying and would be content with it But since the ending of the book is the CONCLUSION of the series and so, supposedly, what we have there is the prediction of their future no, I dislike this kind of future for them It s lukewarm future


  3. Ekollon Ekollon says:

    So, here we finally finish up what is surely the darkest series I have read in a really long time, a series so dark I m actually really surprised I finished it That doesn t by any means mean it was a bad series, it just means that it s dark enough that, looking back, I m surprised I didn t say, You know what, this personally isn t for me, I m going to stop It s a series full of violence and trauma, and that s not something I m big on Nevertheless, I finished it, and for the most part I enjo So, here we finally finish up what is surely the darkest series I have read in a really long time, a series so dark I m actually really surprised I finished it That doesn t by any means mean it was a bad series, it just means that it s dark enough that, looking back, I m surprised I didn t say, You know what, this personally isn t for me, I m going to stop It s a series full of violence and trauma, and that s not something I m big on Nevertheless, I finished it, and for the most part I enjoyed it a lotthan I expected.And I want this to be clear I m knocking a star off this book and rating it 3 stars instead of 4 stars because it absolutely does not feel like the end of the series, despite the fact that it was published 9 years ago and I think it s pretty clear that another book isn t coming out at this point Felix and Mildmay s story does not feel wrapped up in any way shape or form It s not like there is a huge, unbearable cliffhanger, but nothing feels property done, either We aren t left on a satisfying note Other than that, it is a good book It continues to not be a romance in any shape or form despite being categorized as a Romance M M Romance, and as with some of the previous books, there isn t even any romance in the book to make the label make sense I m not sure if GoodReads is causing weirdness with the categorization or what But this book is 100% not a romance If you want a romance, this book will profoundly disappoint you and make you unhappy There s a lot that goes on, but it s not romance.It s also a book, as I said, that is full of trauma The book has on page, graphic rape, and one of the characters is put through what I would describe as psychological torture It s not a gentle book, so be ready if you re planning to go in.The world building is absolutely fascinating, and I love the way that different parts of the world have both different cultures and different levels of technology That s just fun


  4. Felicia Felicia says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I have very mixed feelings about this book, probably because I love the first three of the series soooo much and it s been a while since I ve read them That s the problem with huge fantasy epics, you forget stuff and then want to dive in without being properly oriented to what s going on.Also, I read this on a Kindle which is nice but you don t have a map if there was one in the hardback version A map would have helped reading this book a lot Hell, I like maps in every book I read, regardle I have very mixed feelings about this book, probably because I love the first three of the series soooo much and it s been a while since I ve read them That s the problem with huge fantasy epics, you forget stuff and then want to dive in without being properly oriented to what s going on.Also, I read this on a Kindle which is nice but you don t have a map if there was one in the hardback version A map would have helped reading this book a lot Hell, I like maps in every book I read, regardless of genre The good stuff I love these characters, I love how this series is not really categorizable, I love how she deals with homosexual characters in an interesting way, I love the introspection and the deepness of world building The stuff I want to avoid talking about but must to review it is that this book was a bit of a disjointed ending to an AMAZING series I felt like the world we got dropped into, one with mechanics and steam etc etc, was a little bit jumping the shark from the first three Better this had been a start to another trilogy in this steampunky universe our heroes got taken to I missed the secondary characters from the last book which ended on a heartwrenching note, amazing , and I was slightly confused about why we actually were living through the new character s eyes, even to the end The first half was very engrossing because it was a lot of Felix and Mildmay orFelix actually , but the storylines seemed to drift from where they wanted to go midway through, and instead into a metaphysical realm that was a bit hard to follow and connect with as a reader Only my personal opinion I will definitely read other things this author has to offer, she reminds me of Jaqueline Carey a lot, and I would encourage trying this series despite the strange turn book 4 took


  5. Liviu Liviu says:

    Perfect ending to the Doctrine of Labyrinths series and incontestably the number one fantasy of 09 so far for me, though there are many books to come Also a daring book as it s pretty much a standalone, taking place far away from Melusine in Corambis, and having only Mildmay and Felix as recurring characters Corambis is a very different setting too with trains, subway, magic as technology, and an Aristocratic Republic to boot, just ending a brutal three year old insurrection from its southern Perfect ending to the Doctrine of Labyrinths series and incontestably the number one fantasy of 09 so far for me, though there are many books to come Also a daring book as it s pretty much a standalone, taking place far away from Melusine in Corambis, and having only Mildmay and Felix as recurring characters Corambis is a very different setting too with trains, subway, magic as technology, and an Aristocratic Republic to boot, just ending a brutal three year old insurrection from its southern province formerly known as the kingdom of Caloxa which was a medieval like state with very different magic and has been conquered only 40 years before Felix was presented as Caloxan by Malkar to the Mirador Court in the series beginning, and that is basically the only tenuous connection between the first 3 volumes and this one.Outstanding and the best of series, a truly mature novel that marks the culmination of one of the best fantasy series of the past 4 years


  6. Margaret Margaret says:

    This goes off in a completely different direction from the first three books the setting is somewhere new, and nearly all the characters save for Felix and Mildmay are new Yet I found it a very satisfying conclusion to the series, because although it introduces new elements and a new story arc, it also resolves Felix and Mildmay s character arcs and relationships in a believable and pleasing way.


  7. T T says:

    I read this because I had thoroughly enjoyed the previous 3 books in the series but I think this one is not nearly as good It s not bad but it is not as deeply engaging I felt like I had come to know and care about the characters through the first 3 books but by in this one they were too different and capricious The ending was ultimately somewhat unsatisfying I think the problem was that in the other books Felix and Mildmay are interacting fully with other characters and in this book the oth I read this because I had thoroughly enjoyed the previous 3 books in the series but I think this one is not nearly as good It s not bad but it is not as deeply engaging I felt like I had come to know and care about the characters through the first 3 books but by in this one they were too different and capricious The ending was ultimately somewhat unsatisfying I think the problem was that in the other books Felix and Mildmay are interacting fully with other characters and in this book the other characters feel very tangential to the larger point of finally getting these brothers to admit they care for each other The storyline feels very isolated Monette also introduces an entirely different world Corambis and Caloxa with steam engines and universities and it is not as engaging as Melusine It s not a steampunk book so the attempts feel clumsy I think this book is worth reading just to finish the series The beginning of the series is SO GREAT that I felt disappointed but it s not a terrible book just not on the level of the others


  8. Irene Soldatos Irene Soldatos says:

    What am I going to do now this series has finished I feel somehow at a loss Yes, all four books were that good Corambis was a fitting conclusion to a truly wonderful story I d say epic, as well, only that might lead some people to think of the wrong sort of epicness The writing from the first page of Melusine to the last page of Corambis was simply superb, and the scholarship and erudition inspiring This is a many layered story, with many layered characters, and layered writing, and that s What am I going to do now this series has finished I feel somehow at a loss Yes, all four books were that good Corambis was a fitting conclusion to a truly wonderful story I d say epic, as well, only that might lead some people to think of the wrong sort of epicness The writing from the first page of Melusine to the last page of Corambis was simply superb, and the scholarship and erudition inspiring This is a many layered story, with many layered characters, and layered writing, and that s what makes it so incredible


  9. Joy Joy says:

    The conclusion to Monette s series really got under my skin This is the redemption book, and we see real development of the two main characters and their relationship This book also gives us one of the most cool magic systems I have encountered Throughout the books, Felix is constantly studying different types of magic systems from different regions, just as one would study different religions He believes that the underlying reality of magic will never be known rather, it s the metaphors th The conclusion to Monette s series really got under my skin This is the redemption book, and we see real development of the two main characters and their relationship This book also gives us one of the most cool magic systems I have encountered Throughout the books, Felix is constantly studying different types of magic systems from different regions, just as one would study different religions He believes that the underlying reality of magic will never be known rather, it s the metaphors that different cultures create to model that unknowable reality that determine the magic s capacity Felix says, There are bad metaphors, dangerous metaphors, destructive metaphors but not wrong metaphors Thaumaturgical theory, in the broadest sense, is about manipulating our metaphors and, ideally, making sure that the metaphors we use are good ones This explains different schools of wizardry, but also leaves open the possibility of completely new metaphors I think it is amazingly cool


  10. rubywednesday rubywednesday says:

    An excellent ending to a very enjoyable series I m so happy with the resolution, growth and sense of hope at the end this series The plot stuff isn t always stellar but the thoughtful, nuanced exploration of both main characters as well as the emotional engagement makes this for a thoroughly worthwhile read.


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