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Corambis (Doctrine of Labyrinths #4)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  1,008 ratings  ·  96 reviews
The spellbinding conclusion to the brilliant fantasy series by the author of The Mirador and Mélusine.

Exiled from Mélusine for the crime of heresy, the once powerful Cabaline wizard Felix Harrowgate and his half-brother Mildmay, former cat-burglar and assassin, journey to Corambis to face judgment from a ruling body of wizards. Corambis, however, is a land plagued by civi...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Ace Hardcover (first published March 3rd 2009)
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Liviu

Perfect ending to the Doctrine of Labyrinths series and incontestably the number one fantasy of 09 so far for me, though there are many books to come.

Also a daring book as it's pretty much a standalone, taking place far away from Melusine in Corambis, and having only Mildmay and Felix as recurring characters.

Corambis is a very different setting too with trains, subway, magic as technology, and an Aristocratic Republic to boot, just ending a brutal three year old insurrection from its southern...more
Margaret
This goes off in a completely different direction from the first three books; the setting is somewhere new, and nearly all the characters (save for Felix and Mildmay) are new. Yet I found it a very satisfying conclusion to the series, because although it introduces new elements and a new story arc, it also resolves Felix and Mildmay's character arcs and relationships in a believable and pleasing way.
Teresa O'meara
I read this because I had thoroughly enjoyed the previous 3 books in the series but I think this one is not nearly as good. It's not bad but it is not as deeply engaging. I felt like I had come to know and care about the characters through the first 3 books but by in this one they were too different and capricious. The ending was ultimately somewhat unsatisfying. I think the problem was that in the other books Felix and Mildmay are interacting fully with other characters and in this book the oth...more
Meg
Corambis
Or
Felix Tries Not To Be A Dick For a Change and Seriously Who Designed This Cover?

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 fi...more
Irene Soldatos
What am I going to do now this series has finished? I feel somehow at a loss. Yes, all four books were that good. Corambis was a fitting conclusion to a truly wonderful story. I'd say epic, as well, only that might lead some people to think of the wrong sort of epicness. The writing from the first page of Melusine to the last page of Corambis was simply superb, and the scholarship and erudition inspiring. This is a many-layered story, with many-layered characters, and layered writing, and that's...more
Felicia
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LenaLena
An excellent finale to Felix and Mildmay's story, although I personally wouldn't mind if there was going to be another book. Or an epilogue or something with a fluffy ending.

Compared to the third book, this one is almost simple. Normally, that is not necessarily a good thing, but the previous one was so chock full of details and history and genealogy and ghosts and stories and spies and murky shadows and unexplored hallways, that this book almost radiates with its clean, good story line. It is...more
Suuanda
Another fantastic novel by Sarah Monette. Honestly, I think I'm biased because I love her character so much that I'd read any story about them, even if the plot wasn't that good. But Monette's characters are really her strongest trait I think. Her characters are human, imperfect, damaged and hurting, but not like so many emo!wannabe characters you find in every book nowadays. Felix and Mildmay's pains and hurts are real, easy to relate to, even if it's unlikely anyone of us has had to live throu...more
Punk
Fantasy. This is the fourth and final book of Mildmay and Felix's adventures and it assumes you just finished reading the previous three within the past hour. If you haven't, I suggest you get right on that because there's a lot of name-dropping and it went straight over my head as I can only vaguely recall the events of the past books.

I definitely feel like I would have been more engaged with Felix if I could remember all his past traumas, but there are just so many. As for this book -- nothin...more
Eisheth
I liked this book, but in a lot of ways it felt so different from the rest of the series that they hardly mesh in my head. It feels kind of like a spinoff, but still with the same main characters.

Felix and Mildmay go to a very different place, where everyone does very different things, and they themselves change so much so as almost to become unrecognizable.... Felix mostly. I've been wanting more character growth from Felix for the entire series, but coming as it did in this (very different) f...more
Amy/Eti
Felix and Mildmay's story heads in a direction I wasn't expecting in the final book in this series. It was a satisfying ending, but I find myself wishing that there was more build up, that it was longer. I feel like everything happened and nothing happened. Just how character driven this series is becomes exceptionally clear in the final book, as you see both Felix and Mildmay shift into new lives, and dealing with the weight of their past experiences and choices. And for that, it is exceptional...more
Jamie
An enjoyable read, and a nice enough ending for this series. It's rather different from the earlier books - it dips a toe into steampunk, for instance. Knowing that this was the series wrap-up, I had a hard time getting interested in the new characters and their problems, and I missed Mehitabel.
Rosa
I liked this series though I feel this last book has a different feeling than the previous ones and I think there are still some points that could be explained better or more detailed, but in spite of that, this one was a good conclusion to the series. This story develops in a different country with new characters and the focus isn't in the plot but in Felix and how he grows as a character.
I liked how Felix and Mildmay relationship changes and how they admit they care for each other, but I feel...more
Cow
Amazing, excellent end to the series. I really didn't want this to end, and it's been a long, long, *long* time since I felt that way about a series.

I think, at this point, I have read everything Monette has published, so I need to find new authors again.
ambyr
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Angela R.
First of all, I have to say that the absolute worst thing about this book was the stupid cover art. If I had not read the previous books in this series, I would have dropped this thing like a hot potato for looking WAY too much like a cheap romance. It did this unique and complex story no justice what-so-ever.

In this final book in the Doctrine of Labyrinths series, the author nicely ties up many loose ends. The brothers come to some sort of understanding, and Felix (finally !!!) begins to grow u...more
Jean
How many stars do you give a book that is well written but leaves you hungry? If you to see the brothers finally reach a point where they are comfortable together, you will be satisfied. If you want to see them settled where you feel they are where they want to be, you will not.

Corambis reads like an in-between book rather than a finale. The world the author has built is so detailed and rich, surely more stories could be found without inventing anymore background material. In fact there are seve...more
Julie
I actually enjoyed this one less than the other three. I found the end to be almost disappointing. As in Mirador, Corambis also includes a third character, Kay. I was really impressed with the style Monette chose for his voice. He speaks in a really archaic way, which includes changes in syntax and drops unnecessary pronouns. However, unlike in the previous ones, the style between the characters slips. They are all very distinct, so when the character does not stay true to his particular style i...more
jD
I felt cheated, bottom line. This book did not make me happy. The writer never answered some major questions left over from the Mirador like who killed Mildmay's girlfriend from the first book. Did I miss that piece of info somewhere. As with the other books, I loved Felix and Mildmay's story of redemption and healing. To finally become real brother although they have no idea who their respective fathers' were. Also, Mildmay never found love. He deserved to be loved by someone. Felix had many lo...more
Brigid Keely
“Corambis” is the fourth and final book in Sarah Monette’s Doctrine of Labyrinths series. It follows the main characters, Felix Harrowgate and Mildmay Foxe into their exile far far far from the city they call home. Of course, Mildmay has already been exiled from the neighborhood he grew up in and was comfortable in, and Felix’s “home” was more about people than a place and the main person was murdered in the previous book. So this is just exile atop exile, a physical remove in addition to the ps...more
Anna
Sad that its over and it kind of seemed to finish really fast? idk? For ages I was thinking, oh she must be writing more because this isn't going anywhere big/fast/important enough for this to be the last book, and then right at the end lots of things got tied up super quick and somewhat unsatisfactorily - given how long and deeply we spent on every other inch of character development previously. Just like, Bang they'll live in the country with their new friend Kay who neither of them have spent...more
Contrarius
There were things I didn't much care for in this last volume of the Doctrine of Labyrinths series, but Monette's great skill as a writer overcame them.

For instance --

1. I didn't much care one way or the other about the plot. It did not particularly grip me.

2. I'm not a big fan of steampunk, so I wasn't drawn to the trains or other mechanical devices inserted into the story.

3. I didn't appreciate having the main characters suddenly wrenched away from the entire milieu built up in the first three...more
Lighthearted
Exiled from his beloved Melusine, wizard Felix Harrowgate journeys to the land of Corambis to present himself for judgment to the Circle. His half-brother, Mildmay the Fox, accompanies him. Corambis has more to fear than the arrival of a wayward wizard and an ex-criminal however. A revolutionary’s desperate attempt to win independence for Caloxa has awoken ancient machinery and these mysterious mechanisms are draining the life from animals and people alike. Felix is powerful—but is he powerful e...more
Jaya
So book four. I liked book four I feel like it did what book three did not. We begin to see more into the characters in a way that we haven't before, and yes some self realization begins. Which while long in coming was gratifying to see. Lol, I honestly don't want to give anything away for those of you who might be thinking about reading this book.

I was impressed in a large number of ways. Monette creates a wonderful and convincing world. In this the last book we see a world that is a little mor...more
caracal-eyes
well, I'm sad for sure that I've read the last book of the four. I must have gone through them in a little more than a week--and if that's slow, by my standards, that's with me reading some five other books at the same time.

What I really loved was the characters. Jeez, just the interactions and their inner lives were enough to suck me in, though of course it wouldn't have interested me so much without all the magic and shit, me being basically addicted the fantasy genre. You get a window into t...more
Madeline
I was really into the first three books of the series (because . . . I was a teenager?) but wary about this one. Part of this, I'll admit, was because I knew Stephen wouldn't be in this book and Stephen was my absolute favorite part of the other books (even though I guess he was only in like two of them, whatever). And I guess it's fine, but it could have been better. Much of the book feels like the same two or three conversations over and over - because it is (I get that is what a lot of grief...more
Juushika
Exiled from Mélusine, the wizard Felix and his brother Mildmay journey towards Corambis, a foreign nation recently sundered by civil war. If the Doctrine of Labyrinths has been a protracted hurt/comfort fic, then Corambis is the comfort. New narrator Kay is another complex and strongly voiced character, but he fails to be as compelling or introduce as much diversity as the missing Mehitabel. The pacing is uneven, reliant on coincidence with all the plot pushed to the beginning and end of the boo...more
Sophia Martin
I loved it, but then I'm probably not a good judge, because I *LOVE* Mildmay, and now I'm absolutely grieving because that was the last book in the series. I docked a star for a few reasons.

[Spoilers]

For a long part of the book, Mildmay is too sick to narrate. Nuff said.

Monette never explained exactly what happened with Felix, the fantome, and the machine. Yes, I can piece it together, but Felix told Mildmay he'd explain when they got out of there, and I wanted a full explanation.

I really wanted...more
Miss
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Schnaucl
I thought this was a satisfying conclusion to the series. Felix has come a long way and while he's certainly not a perfect person by the end of the book, he's clearly making a genuine effort and actually doing pretty well.

I'm still not a big fan of introducing a new major POV character in each novel but I eventually got used to it. However, it's especially problematic when the new character also speaks non standard English because that's two of the three POV with deliberately bad grammar. I did...more
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