Apr. 6th, 2009

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Monette, Sarah. Corambis. New York: Ace Books, 2009.

The book's official release date is tomorrow, but thanks to the magic of libraries and of non-strict laydown dates, I not only have it in my possession but have actually finished reading it. Apropos of this rather spirited discussion in the author's LJ ([livejournal.com profile] truepenny), of which I will have more to say anon when I have puzzled my own views out further, I found it highly ironic that the slipcover summary refers to Corambis being the last in "her brilliant fantasy series." Way to not take your own advice, Ace!

Ahem. The book is the fourth (and sadly final, it seems) book in Monette's Doctrine of Labyrinths series, which I only picked up in January, and so have been spared the long wait between books. Having been exiled from their home in the city of Mélusine for his crime of magical heresy, Felix Harrowgate, a wizard and an ex-whore, and his half-brother Mildmay Foxe, an ex-assassin, travel to the far northern country of Corambis, just in time to become embroiled in some very old magic that has been re-awokened, as well as to begin to attempt to deal with all the issues of their individual history and their mutual relationship that have been festering since the beginning of the first book. Double special bonus: Corambis has trains. And a subway. Also, the supporting characters Corbie and Murtagh are pretty awesome.

Of metaphors and magic (and spoilers, I suppose) )

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