Wizard Felix Harrowgate has finally reclaimed his sanity, his magic, and his position in society. But even as he returns to the Mirador, there are many who desire his end. His half-brother, Mildmay the Fox, follows Felix to the Mirador, where Mildmay finds himself drawn to an alluring spy of the Bastion, a rival school of wizards who want to destroy the Mirador. And Felix is the key to their plans.
Monette continues the fantastic saga begun in Melusine and The Virtu with virtuoso narratives of theatrical, political and magical intrigues. Within the walled city of Melusine, destabilized by unsolved murders and the lack of a legitimate royal heir, stands the fortress known as the Mirador, from which wizards strive to consolidate and increase their power. Felix Harrowgate, the Mirador's most powerful wizard, and his half-brother, former assassin Mildmay the Fox, find themselves mired in new intrigues when Mildmay's lover, the renowned actress Mehitabel Parr, becomes an unwilling spy for the rival wizards of the Bastion. Felix is further distracted by endless bickering with his partner, Gideon Thraxios, and trying to understand the implications of the backwards sky in the magical dreamworld of the Khloidanikos. Mehitabel fears the destruction of her theatrical company, and the lowborn Mildmay struggles against the prejudice of wizards and lords. Though Felix's more esoteric magical problems remain unresolved, several plot lines find satisfying conclusions, and a well-developed world waits to be explored in sequels. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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July 28, 2008
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