With scarcely a break for breath, it was onto the final volume in the Doctrine of Labyrinths series. Generally, I felt much more comfortable with this book than I did with the last one. Most significantly, however, the style of these chapters was very close to the faux-archaic style of The Goblin Emperor. The world which we see in this fourth book is also much closer than that of The Goblin Emperor. Having mentally placed the action in the late 18th century, I was completely wrong-footed when Felix and Mildmay encounter not only a steam train but also a fantasy version of the London Underground, which naturally caused me no end of amusement.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Corambis by Sarah Monette. In the spellbinding conclusion to the brilliant fantasy series, Doctrine of Labyrinths, two brothers discover their ultimate destiny. Exiled 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 In the spellbinding conclusion to the brilliant fantasy series, Doctrine of Labyrinths, two brothers discover their ultimate destiny. Both brothers carry memories, regret, and-hidden deep in their hearts-hope.

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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Corambis Doctrine of Labyrinths, 4. Aug 03, Meg rated it really liked it Shelves: ridiculously-fantasy.

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. Jan 24, Juxian rated it really liked it Shelves: abused , fantasy. Well, going back to the beginning. The first book was awesome. I loved it to death and more. The 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. And then it all kinda I don't know what Kay's p. There were too many characters I didn't care about doing things I didn't find interesting. Felix and Mildmay's relationship 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 spent more than a week with these characters, there should be a 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 Maybe I didn't like the ending, too.

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. 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. Not her strong suit. I don't mind it per se because - you cannot have everything, I know it. Just saying.



If you pick up Melusine make sure you are ready to get The Virtu if you like Felix and Mildmay's adventures, since Melusine is just half a story :. I only have the fourth book generously sent to me from Ace for review and I thought it would be tied strongly into the first three. Your review; however, put the book back on the To Read pile and off of the "it's a series book where I haven't read any others so I'll put it aside" pile. Also, Sarah Monette has a terrific post on her LiveJournal about the whole "series" label. Very honest and also helped to convince me to pick up the book. Monette as a writer. The downside of reading this first is that you will know the essential events of the previous three books which are alluded though not crucial for this one.


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Corambis, however, is a land plagued by civil strife. Kay Brightmore, the Margrave of Rothmarlin, is part of an insurrection to restore the monarchy in the southern half of the country. In desperation, Kay and his rebels seek out the engine of Summerdown, an ancient magical device rumored to have terrible powers. Once the engine is awakened, only a powerful wizard can stop its awesome potential for destruction. Felix and Mildmay arrive just in time for their greatest challenge-and ultimate destiny….

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