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The Mirador (Doctrine of Labyrinths #3)

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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  1,264 ratings  ·  99 reviews
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 ...more
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Published July 29th 2008 by Ace Books (first published 2007)
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Belmanoir
Felix annoyed me even more than usual in this book (seriously, does he have any redeeming qualities left?) but I loved Mehitabel's narration and Mildmay is still the hottest ex-assassin ever, and I think I'm glad the author didn't go the expected places with their romance. I sort of wished there had been more plot, but on the whole I was too entertained to care. Sarah Monette rocks my world, also her meta on Due South is love. Everyone who hasn't read already read Melusine (the first book in the ...more
RF
Some notes on Melusine and The Virtu: I love these books. The narration takes turns going between first person PoVs of Felix and Mildmay. I should also point out that Sarah Monette is one of the best authors I've seen when it comes to putting colloquial, 'incorrect' english/grammar down on paper and not making it grate on my nerves. I recently picked up a book.. boy, what was it... ok, I don't remember, but oh boy... I put it down after I read the first page, it was absolutely grating. Sarah Mon ...more
Alena
The blurb sounded interesting, but I just couldn't get into this book. For starters, it was very difficult to keep track of the characters and their various political alignments; at about thirty pages in, I realized that all the fingers of my left hand were marking places so I could flip back for reference to check what character was affiliated with which group and sleeping with which person... Part of this confusion may have been due to the fact that this book is apparently part of a series, so ...more
Jay
I was apparently a bit too enthusiastic in my review of the first book of this series. It was a kinda "can't see the forest for the trees" moment. I absolutely adore Mildmay. That really helps since I can't stand Felix more often than not. The only time I *can* stand Felix? Is when he's tortured and gone bugfuck. He's not a likable character, but I don't think he's meant to be. Or he is meant to be, but only after he's been tempered by the extreme heat of how he keeps fucking up his life. And Mi ...more
Desinka
It's 4.5 stars but I'm rounding up because the second half of the book was pure 5 stars. I couldn't put the book down.

Well done, Madame Monette. A very high paced and convoluted court intrigue yet with enough emotional depth and great relationship development. I can't wait to start Corambis.
LenaLena
This book in the series feels like an intermission. We're just hanging around in the Mirador and there are a bunch of little, non-urgent mysteries being pursued by way of plot. You kind of figure that, seemingly unrelated, they'll all come together somehow, and they do, but not until the very end, when crash-bang-boom everything blows up in Felix's face without much build up. The plot under the plot is about how Mildmay and Felix, the Master Non-Communicators, gain a bit more insight into themse ...more
Margaret
Sorcerer Felix and cat burglar Mildmay are still two of the POV characters, and Monette has added a third, actress Mehitabel Parr, whose sections I enjoyed very much, particularly as she brings to bear an outside view of Felix and Mildmay's complex, troubled relationship; as always, Monette handles the three different voices beautifully, always making it clear who is speaking. I don't want to go into plot details for fear of spoilers, but I will say that this book has a little less action and fa ...more
Wealhtheow
This is the third book in Monette's series. Felix and his younger brother Mildmay have returned to the Mirador, where court politics and dark magic are once again complicating their already complicated lives. All the main characters' love lives are complicated and fucked up, *of course*, and I enjoy it but it does get a bit old. I hope that the next novel has more action and less moping.
Alexandra
Slight spoilers for preceding books.

It doesn't really make sense that I enjoyed this book as much as I did, given that the vast majority of the book involves barely any plot. Instead, it's entirely wrapped up in Felix and Mildmay being moody - at each other, at themselves, at their situation, at the world in general. The weird bit is that I kinda enjoyed it, even if at the same time I wanted to smack their heads together and just get them to SPEAK TO EACH OTHER. Because that would have solved SO
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Jordan Morris
If you've managed to plod along the path of the first two novels with their half histories and name dropping of fictional events and haven't imaginarily garroted some of the most stubborn characters to exist by now, there is nothing stopping you from reading this edition. It does seem a bit out of place with the time lapse and collection of half plots, each narrator is working their own story while stumbling around the others'. I don't deny the artistry in it, I just haven't decided if I like it ...more
Andy
Kethe, where do I start? This was a very incredibly written piece of work. This novel builds the world much more and delves into the history and all the holes and questions Monette left unanswered in the first two novels. So I recommend this one if, like me, you love the characters and want to learn much more of their back stories. But I have some reservations for you. This novel is MUCH slower and more character based than the first two. Way less 'adventure-sum' is how I would put it. It felt l ...more
Julie
At the end of The Virtu everything had been resolved, and so I was very interested to see where The Mirador would take the story. One of the first things to note is that The MIrador introduces another perspective, which was an interesting choice and not one I initially enjoyed, however, I did change my position on that as the story progressed. Again, this book didn't 'wow' me. It is, however, a very solid read. I really don't have any criticisms of it. I know a lot of other reviews contain compl ...more
jD
I enjoyed this book best of all. I liked having additional characters and the court intrigue. I did not like the ending. I hated to have Mildmay not get the answer to his question. Felix got what he deserves when all was said and done. Now that I have read the 4th book, I am pissed that all the characters left behind in Musaline at the Mirador are left unresolved. There are a few people that I would like to know what happened to them like the young actors. Gideon's story was wonderful, not a hap ...more
Anna
This was a really interesting book because it was kind of Felix and Mildmay: The Aftermath. There didn't seem like there was a massive amount of direction to the plot, in fact that was the point. In the wake of the events of the last book both Felix and Mildmay are both in worlds of pain and despite the fact that they're basically tied together they can't communicate at all and seem hell bent on relieving their own pain by taking it out on others, mostly, each other. Mildmay struggles towards be ...more
Robert Beveridge
Sarah Monette, The Mirador (Ace, 2007)

In many series, there comes a tipping point where the ongoing story of the recurring characters becomes more important to the author than the story line contained in each book. Perhaps one can consider the mark of a good series author to be how that tipping point is handled; in the case of, say, Robert Parker (who hit it in Early Autumn, the best Spenser novel that ever was), we may find that the ongoing story is actually more interesting than the book-lengt
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Heather
I really enjoyed this entry into the series. The addition of Mehitabel added a welcome new perspective; it was nice to get out of Felix's head in particular. I still really love Mildmay, he's a great character. And I love that even the bit players are fully realized characters; at one point there is a character who is tangentially involved with both Mildmay's and Mehitabel's stories, but those never overlap, and I got the feeling that said character had his own very interesting story that we hav ...more
Lighthearted
The Mirador is the third in Monette’s ‘Doctrine of Labyrinths’ fantasy series. This is an interesting fantasy series because, unlike the traditional Tolkien fantasies (which I love by the way), the heroes’ paths are unclear. For that matter, the heroes themselves are far from traditional: the fate of a country rests largely upon Mildmay the Fox, a former cat burglar/assassin, and Felix, an elitist wizard with a mean streak.

If you choose to undertake this series (and I do recommend it), keep in m
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Jaya
SlashReaders: Okay just a note if you plan on reading this you might not want to read all of this. I will however leave that for the end. So if you wish to read the first part without reading the spoilers you can.

I guess I should start off by saying, I enjoyed this book as I did the other two. However I felt that this volume was lacking somewhat. I also found that the back of the book was misleading to me. That aside, I enjoyed reading it but I was also annoyed with it all at the same time. This
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Juushika
With its magical focus restored, security returns to the Mirador and Felix can resume his position as one of its most powerful wizards. But the Bastion, a faction of dangerous rival wizards, sends spies and start plans which threaten this tenuous peace. The Mirador adds an unexpected but rewarding new protagonist, Mehitabel; vibrant characters and narratives have been the highlight in this series, and Mehitabel, too, shines from the page, bringing welcome diversity to the cast. But the plot--wel ...more
Suuanda
I would say this book is slightly slower than the first two, so it took some getting into, but as ever I love Mildmay to death, and Felix fascinates me. To my surprise, I even learned to like Mehitabel for whom I had no great interest at first.
I think Sarah Monette's world is really believable and so well described that I'm sure I could paint a picture of the Mirador and le Lower City and all these places we see through Mildmay, Felix and Mehitabel's eyes. Although this novel is entirely set in
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Eviltwinjen
Oct 01, 2007 Eviltwinjen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are already hooked on Monette
Shelves: fantasy
OK, so I finally finished. "Finally", not because I wasn't enjoying it, but because I kept putting it down and getting distracted by other things. The Mirador is a delicious slice of court intrigue fantasy, and if you read and enjoyed Melusine and The Virtu (and if you didn't, why on earth would you be reading The Mirador?) then you'll be very happy to follow Monette's wonderful characters as they act like their disfunctional selves and noodle around her richly detailed world getting into trou ...more
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Meg
My least favorite of the quartet so far.

While Mehitabel is a good character, adding a third narrative voice diluted the plot. We spend too much time chasing after secondary story threads so the book feels like it takes forever to get anywhere. I think the problem is that there just wasn't much of a plot. Without Mehitabel's narrative, the whole book would have wrapped up in a third of the time. Since that would be a much shorter book, things get dragged out with Mehitabel's secondary plot threa
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Ashley
Finished The Mirador, the third novel in Sarah Monette's The Doctrine of Labyrinths series.

The short of it:
Court intrigue! Character development! Felix reminds me rather alarmingly of Akito in that he triggers my "hug and throttle" reflex (more often throttle). Mildmay just needs tons and tons of hugs, and I want to make babies with him.

The long of it:
I liked this book a lot, lot more than I'd anticipated. This whole series has made me flail-y with good books!joy, and again, I recommend it beca
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Punk
Fantasy. Third in Monette's Melusine series. This is much slower than the previous two books because we're stuck in the Mirador and not out racing around the countryside, escaping from mobs, or battling the forces of evil (much). Instead, this is all politics and court intrigue. It's kind of a yawn; on the other hand, the pacing is much improved -- no more long periods of waiting between action. Um, mostly because the whole book is a long wait for action, but you can't have everything!

Mehitabel
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Kim
Aug 02, 2008 Kim rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Shelves: fantasy
The Mirador is the third book in Monette's series, and takes place two years after the events in Melusine. Felix has restored the Virtu, and is back ensconced in the Mirador with his lover Gideon, and is engaged in magical research. Mildmay is seeing the governess turned actress Mehitabel Parr, but is haunted by memories of his deceased love Ginevra, and becomes determined to solve the mysteries behind her death. Unbeknownst to him, Mehitabel is the somewhat unwilling spy for the Bastion, which ...more
Jennifer Harper
Continuing the story of Felix and Mildmay, Monette adds in the voice of Tabby. In this one, the reader is taken deeper into the politics of the Mirador and the power plays within that political climate. Perhaps not as engrossing as the first two, this book is still a fabulous read and it's clear at the end that Felix and Mildmay's tale isn't over yet. I hope Tabby also continues to play a role.
If you like dark fantasy, read this series.
Sharon Reamer
I stayed up all night reading this book. The plot doesn't really start to click until the last third of the book, but that is surprisingly irrelevant since I was so caught up in the lives of the two main protagonists, half-brothers Felix and Mildmay and enjoying the discovery of life in the Mirador, the castle/fortress where the royalty including the Cabaline wizards live and work. The Mirador almost becomes a character itself, especially when viewed from the protagonists' point of views. The ad ...more
Dabs
I'm glad I stuck with this series. The characters got fleshed out quite a bit in this installment, though Felix is still a bit unsympathetic and Monette is still delighting in torturing both him and Mildmay. We're also treated to reading sections from a woman's point of view, and I have to say that Mehitabel Parr is by far my favorite (and the most fully realized) character here. She brings out the best in Mildmay, and she even helps a bit with Felix. Which is good; he needs it.

Anyway, it's als
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Joy
Third in a series featuring a tortured wizard and his former-assassin half-brother, as they go around causing trouble, being exploited, destroying magical artifacts and restoring them, and exploring all the magical implications of labyrinths.

Now, this is a transitional book in which a whole lot of nothing (or, if you prefer, court intrigue) happens. So if you like court intrigue (which I do), then you'll like it; otherwise it's going to seem a bit slow. There's also a third protagonist, the act
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My pseudonym is Katherine Addison.

I was born and raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one of the secret cities of the Manhattan Project. I studied English and Classics in college, and have gone on to get my M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature. My first four novels were published by Ace Books. I have written two collaborations with Elizabeth Bear for Tor: A Companion to Wolves and The Tempering of Men
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“The obligation d'âme meant that his only allegiance was to Felix, making them a separate kingdom of two, with Felix as king and Mildmay as ministers, army, and populace all combined in one. A stormy little kingdom, I thought, with periodic flare-ups of civil war and a magnificently unstable government. And I was glad I wasn’t a citizen of it.” 16 likes
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