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Miserere: An Autumn Tale
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I inhaled this book, so I'm completely biased. You have been warned.
When we went to Houston for a signing, we met a friend for dinner. Mihirsurprised us with a bag of books, some of them from him and some fromBastard. Among the books was Miserere: An Autumn Tale.
I was hesitant to read it, because it's a Nightshade book and they haven't been treating their authors so well and because the cover, while beautiful, seemed a bit woe is me, everybody dies. But it wa ...more
On casual inspection you might be forgiven for thinking that this is a religious book &/or YA. It's neither of those things though and if you read it you'll soon be disabused of the notion.
Frohock paints an interesting secondary world where multiple (possibly all) real world faiths feature but they are treated as religions invented in any good fantasy, i.e. they're presented as rich and int ...more
Gripe #1: this book is pretty much boring to death from beginning to end. Well the first 30% aren't that bad but then it's all blah bla ...more
PERSONAL RATING (how much the book "worked" for me personally): 5
A solid 9.0, verging on a 9.5, MISERERE does not start off with a bang and it takes some time to get into. Frankly, this is a good thing: it allows readers to ground themselves in characters they aren't sure they will like, in a world that resists cosiness.
This is brutal, disturbing, adult fiction. Despite th ...more
There are some GREAT characters and relationships (and a LOT of drama) that keep you page-turning. Recommended to CS Friedman fans, or Sarah Monette fans.
This really should have been a good read. Teresa Frohock's world was an intriguing concept. It just failed to transition from a fantastic idea into an entertaining story. Which was a shame as I was quite enthusiastic about reading this story.
The world of Miserere consisted of four interlinked parallel dimensions. Heaven, Earth, Woerld, and Hell. The action in this story takes place in Woerld, the dimension that shields Earth and Heaven from Hell. The Fallen Angels and Demons of ...more
Miserere is the debut novel of Teresa Frohock, released mid-2011 by Night Shade Books. A mesmerizing dark fantasy that showcases Frohock’s admirable talent as a writer, Miserere is an utterly compelling tale and pleasure to read.
The story takes place primarily in Woerld, one of a hierarchy of parallel dimensions that also include Hell, Earth and Heaven. Woerld is located between Hell and Earth and acts as a frontline of defense against the Fallen Angels of ...more
Books like Miserere are why I'm glad I make it a personal rule to finish reading all books I start. It's always tempting to put a title away for something else when the story doesn't capture me right away, and certainly I had my doubts that this one would be right for me when I first began. But sometimes, a book can be full of surprises.
I ended up loving Miserere. All I needed was some time to get into it, and part of the reason is its paci ...more
Religion is a touchy subject matter, isn't it? Focusing on subjects of faith and belief can easily become unhinged. Preaching or flippancy are equally likely and this is especially true when the a novel is told from only one sect's point of view (in this case, Christian). I've been caught unawares by 'Christian fiction' masquerading as fantasy a time or two and I pretty well irks me every time, although erotica masquerading as Urban Fantasy is worse. It's ...more
I'm so glad the mixup occurred. I tend to read multi-volume epic fantasy and would not have spontaneously chosen this book; however, I very much enjoyed the story, the worldbuilding, and the characters. I'll happily read another book by Ms. Frohock.
Miserere can definitely be viewed as dark fantasy, but the thread of hope I like in my reads is there. The main characters h ...more
Miserere: An Autumn Tale is the debut novel by Teresa Frohock, and it's beautifully written as promised in the very first paragraph. In the midst of the oldest and longest war in history, in a complex world and universe, a simple tale is told about a man who has loved, betrayed, and sacrificed much as he goes on a journey to save the life of the person he once abandoned. Crippled and broken, he'll risk it all once again for the one he once loved, and sti ...more
Eat a thousand crackers, sing a million hymns.
None of you are going to heaven.
You're not my children; you're a bad game of Sims."**
I am an ardent and proud atheist. In fact, I sometimes think I go a step beyond, into anti-theism. But lurking in the lizard-jelly back of my brain is an envy of those who have faith. It seems like it would be so peaceful and satisfying to be all "Jesus, take the wheel!" whenever life gets too stressful or hectic. Alas, I no longer believe ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I was a bit unsure at first after reading the descriptions, but it had such good reviews I had to give it a try.
I was not disappointed. Books on religion often come off as "preachy" either for or against religion, but this book managed to avoid that. A book on religious tolerance? What??
It is a dark tale, but a good one. A different spin on the battle between Heaven and Hell. I highly recommend it.
Miserere is excellent dark fantasy, with fascinating worldbuilding and a cast of beautifully realized characters. At the center of the tale is Lucian Negru, a man struggling to escape the twin sister he once ...more
Well, forgive me, it took me a while to cook up the perfect sentence to describe this book. It has excellent prose—almost lyrical, and the characters are very well-made. Lucian's character was so real to me, I felt weird after finishing the book; like a very close friend of mine just disappeared. Yes, that's how involved I got.
And I think you already know that what I would say after my praise would just be more praises, so I'll cut to the cha ...more
The good news is that books, unlike fruit, do not spoil, and this was a fantastic read. I blazed through in days. Frohock created a unique setting of Woerld, a kind of border realm between Earth and Hell, where gifted youngsters are pulled to act as guardians. This is by no means your average YA portal fantasy, though. The protagonist is Lucian, an older man broken an ...more
"“I warned you.” Catarina’s pallid features swam out of the blackness.
“Remember that, Lucian. I warned you not to estrange yourself from me.” She raised her arms as the cloud surged overhead. A clap like thunder tore through the air. The flies descended."
Rating 4.5 (the ending felt somewhat in limbo)
Didn't expect to enjoy it this much ... it was often depressing through the first half, almost too dark ... and then it grew on me.
"Not even a rat stirred in the silence."
Nice, dark fantasy, a ...more
I just finished Teresa Frohock's Misere and felt the need to put up a review right away. This is going on my short-list of novels that not everyone knows about, but should be reading.
I'm a bit miffed that there isn't a series of Autumn Tale novels out there yet. Finished knowing that this was the first of her novels, but still went to her website - just to be sure. Not sure why I went through that disappointment. ...more
A battle between heaven and hell is a very familiar basic plotline, but one of the things I really appreciated about this novel was that it was not th ...more
Miserere is an engaging, dark and unexpected book. I honestly was not sure where parts of this story were going, and I love that. I also love that this is not your cozy fantasy where people are generally safe, and its certainly not a clear cut good versus evil. There are shades of grey.
There are central features to the story that center on religion, but please do not mistake this for a religious book. I have to confess to havi ...more
This had all the right ingredients for a book that I’d like – it’s got a tortured hero, a strong heroine and a nasty villain; there’s magic, swords, betrayal, lost love and hope for redemption. Heaven, Hell, demons, battles, I can totally get down with all that stuff! But ehh, this on ...more
Miserere is a hard one to review. Not because I didn’t like it, actually, I adored it, but it is simultaneously one of the most complex, yet compulsively readable novels I’ve ever read. Topping out at just under 300 pages, Ms. Frohock manages to pack a wallop of a story into her pages. Lush and emotional, it takes the reader on a journey about betrayel and redemption, and leaves them gasping. Ok, that was my journey, but s ...more
Teresa Frohock's Miserere: An Autumn Tale is one of the finest and most atmospheric debut fantasy novels ever written. It's a deliciously dark, twisted and compelling sword and sorcery fantasy novel for adults with plenty of dark fantasy elements.
A lot has already been written about Miserere: An Autumn Tale and many readers and critics have praised it, so I'll write a short review about it. I'll try not to repeat that what has already been said about it.
If Miserere were a recipe, it would read something like this:
Combine a generous helping of a complex world, multifaceted characters, and a unique plot. Top with a liberal dash of fantastic writing. Mix well. Bake.
Read my full review here:
This is perhaps the most impossible to describe book I have read yet at its core it is a very simple, linear story. I can’t seem to make sense of this seeming contradiction.
Woerld (yes I checked that spelling) is a land between the worlds. A barrier between earth and hell with its own thriving life as its denizens mostly do their best to keep fallen angels where they belong. It would appear that the Judeo-Christian mythos is somewhat grounded in reality here; yet obviously mis ...more