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The Mirador
Sarah Monette
Adult Fiction MONETTE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Although he has regained his magic, his sanity, and his membership in the Curia that advises the ruler of Melusine, the charismatic mage Felix Harrowgate still has enemies, including the powerful mages of the Bastion. Ready to watch his back, his half-brother Mildmay the Fox, former thief and assassin, treads dangerous ground; his sometime paramour, the actress Mehitabel, has become an unwilling spy for Felix's enemies. The third installment of Monette's Melusine series (Melusine; The Virtu) continues to evoke the wonders of an ancient and mysterious city and its memorable inhabitants. Her characters are complex, sometimes tortured individuals, caught between what is right and what is expedient. Impeccable storytelling with adult themes reminiscent of the works of Terry Goodkind and Jacqueline Carey makes this solid tale most suitable for mature readers. Recommended for most fantasy collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Felix Harrowgate
Dashing; highly-respected; powerful; reclaimed his sanity, his magic, and his position in society.

Mildmay the Fox
Felix's brother; fate is tied to his brother; lover is an unwilling spy for the rival wizards.

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