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Corambis by Sarah Monette
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Mar 22, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2009_release_read, genre-fantasy, read_2009, top_25_2009_novels
Read in March, 2009


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 province formerly known as the kingdom of Caloxa which was a medieval like state with very different magic and has been conquered only 40 years before.

Felix was presented as "Caloxan"" by Malkar to the Mirador Court in the series beginning, and that is basically the only tenuous connection between the first 3 volumes and this one.

Outstanding and the best of series, a truly mature novel that marks the culmination of one of the best fantasy series of the past 4 years
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