The Collector of Dying Breaths
Florence, Italy—1533: An orphan named René le Florentin is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici’s perfumer. Traveling with the young duchessina from Italy to France, René brings with hi ...more
In present day France, Mythologist Jac L’Etoile discovers some works by Perfumer Rene le Florentin (16th century), and a collection of dying breaths. She believes that there may be an elixir that will bring about eternal life. It also appears that she is not alone in her quest to recover this mysterious elixir.
I found the science ...more
If the Collector of Dying Breaths was a perfume I imagine it would smell like a cross between damask rose, strawberry bubblegum and attar of unlaundered bed lin ...more
I found the characters to be shallow, under developed or just weird. Although the science and whatnot of 16th century alchemy ...more
I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting. Having never read any of M.J. Rose's works before, I believe I assumed from the synopsis and the cover that it was just another Romance novel with historical undertones and a bit of adventure to add some meat to the story.
There were, of course, Romantic elements that took up some huge real estate in the plot, but more than Romance there was an idea of loss, of accepting yourself and all of your personal oddities, of believing in ...more
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of the series, of gothic fiction, those interested in reincarnation theories
Book Available: In hardcover, Kindle, MP3 CD, and Audible formats
Trigger Warnings: Euthanasia, murder, suicide, torture, brother beating his sister with a whip
My Thoughts: M.J. Rose's latest Reincarnationist book is as beautifully evocative as previous entries into the series. Generally speaking, the Reincarnationist series is set up in two tril ...more
I found the history fascinating and the mystery was what I have come to expect from this author. Her entree into explicit romance was unexpected. I don't usually have much patience for juicy,(l ...more
As both stories revolve around perfumers, the writing is infused with the scents of past and present - so descriptive you can almost smell them as they waft around you, seeping up straight through the pages. It even affected me, someone who has diminished olfactory ...more
M.J. Rose is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Her stories are wonderfully imagined and the lyrical quality of her prose is point blank beyond compare. Thematically heavy, they aren't what I'd term easy reading, but I assure you, they are more than worth the time one puts into them.
Now before I get too far ahead of myself, I'd like to offer a small disclaimer about the Reincarnationist series because I think it impo ...more
In MJ Rose's Reincarnationist series she introduces us to an unforgettable character named Jac L’Etoile, a woman from a long and illustrious line of French perfumers who has continually fought against her abilities to experience past life memories, her own as well as others, and who has spent her life trying to debunk the mysteries of the past in order to make sense of the mysteries surrounding her in the present. In The Collector of Dying Breaths, ...more
Category – Fiction/Literature Publication Date – April 08, 2014
Rene le Florentin is taken in by monks and becomes an apprentice of Dom Serapino, a monk who is an apothecary that sometimes delves into the mysterious. When Dom Serapino dies, aided by Rene, Rene is imprisoned. He is saved from death by Catherine
De Medici. Catherine, who is destined for the French court and becomes Queen, intends to use Rene and his knowledge o ...more
I have been a fan of M.J. Rose since I read Seduction last year, so naturally I wanted to review this one when it came out! While I thought Seduction was wonderful, I enjoyed this one ten times more!
What I loved most about this novel was that it had a lot more romance in it. Not just for Jac but for Rene as well. Their love stories were intertwined throughout the novel which made the romance of the novel more powerful and sensual for me. The love story is what won me over in this inst ...more
That being said, this book was not as historical as I expected after reading the blurb. There is a lot of historical reference in it, and it does bounce back and forth between time periods, but much of t ...more
This story has everything a good book needs - there is love, sensuality, grief, secrecy, murder, theft, madness, different time periods, historically famous people, magic, dreadful end and happy end.
Once again Jac has her visions and she discovers secrets that would be otherwise undiscovered for forever. She also has to find it in her to finally believe that her souls past does not define her present and she has every rig ...more
I began this journey with Jac L'Etoile in Seduction and I admit it was a bit difficult getting into the rhythm of the way the book is put together. The historical perspectives were very much like Jac's memory lurches and were a bit disconcerting. I've read several books in the series culminating in Collector of Dying Breaths. I wondered how M. J. Rose would incorporate perfumes and reincarnation into the story and now I know.
Jac's brother is dying from some unknown disease and he's going quickly...more
Do you believe in the idea of reincarnation and of the ability to reanimate someone using their last breath? You don't need to in order to read this book, but I am sure you would find it even more fascinating if you did. As it is, I need to suspend belief on lots of the things that drive the characters and that happen in the book but, in this case, it didn't hamper my enjoyment of the book. That isn't always the case as I have a bit of an up and down reaction to M J Rose's books. The last book i ...more
This conclusion to the trilogy featuring mythbuster and perfumer Jac L’Etoile brings closure to a very entertaining series, but I must say that I'm sad to see it end. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of life and times in the 1500s from the point of view of René le Florentine and learning about the machinations of Catherine de Medici and her cour ...more
At present-day France Jac promises her dying brother to continue his work trying to figure out the dying breath mystery that he was doing for a wealthy couple. Even as Jac starts to have suspicions about the couple, sh ...more
In the beginning, Jac is in denial and pain. She isn’t able to accept her abilities or her life. However, by trying to fulfill her brother’s experiments she is able to finally accept who she is and not live her life in fear. She has found her passion again and it is a deep and sensual passion. Her ...more
This series is my favorite time travel period series. M. J. can really make both the past and present as equally interesting. However this time it was the past that I was the ...more
Jac faces her loneliness at the loss of her brother and best friend, but faces the truth that her loneliness has ever been her constant companion. She turned away the only man she ever loved, and is unable to connect truly with anyone or anything, save for her w ...more
Jac's brother Robbie has died, and sh ...more
Romance was a big part of the story but didn't take away from the other themes ...more
Our ful ...more
I really tried to get into this book. I have heard so many good things about M.J. Rose, but apparently, this was not the book to start reading.
There was way too much blatant sex going on in this book and I found myself skipping more pages than reading them.
Obviously, this is not my genre and my review should not be taken as anything against this author. I will maybe try rea ...more
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New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice... books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and re ...more