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A Parliament of Bodies

(The Maradaine Constabulary #3)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  37 reviews
The city of Maradaine is vexed by the Gearbox Murders: a series of gruesome deaths orchestrated by a twisted mechanical genius. With no motive and no pattern, Inspectors Satrine Rainey and Minox Welling—the retired spy and untrained mage—are at a loss to find a meaningful lead in the case. At least, until the killer makes his most audacious exhibit yet: over a dozen victim ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 389 pages
Published March 2019 by Daw Books
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I love this series! This was a great book that was a satisfying read from start to finish. I am looking forward to the next adventure.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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*Genre* Urban Fantasy
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A Parliament of Bodies is the third installment in author Marshall Ryan Maresca's The Maradaine Constabulary series. The Maradaine Constabulary series unveils a different layer of the city, on the side of the law, as opposed to the criminal underbelly in the Maradaine novels and Streets of Maradaine. This series features Satrine Rainey and Minox Welling, two detectives in the constabulary who protect the city of Maradaine from crime.

Alysa H.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, lava-2019
As this series, and the larger Maradaine series, comes barrelling to its endgame, it becomes more difficult to review each installment without considering the whole. A Parliament of Bodies, as the last of the three "Constabulary" books, is a ton of fun as a fantasy police procedural, and also brings in several characters from the other Maradaine series more than ever before. But it doesn't satisfy as a conclusion; it leaves far too much hanging open, because it assumes that readers are also read ...more
Kathleen Curcio
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked right from page one, and by the time I'd gotten halfway through it, I realized my day was gone! Maresca writes amazing characters with realistic interactions. One of my favorite things about his books is how real the relationships feel. He doesn't lean on lazy tropes to forward them. This book is the crossover I didn't know I needed and I love it, though it broke my heart. I anxiously await the next installment.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I seriously thought I was emotionally invested before but, oh, boy, was I wrong.
Like, without spoiling anything, some many twists. Up until quite literally the last page. What's going to happen with Minox and his hand? What about Corrie? And Satrine and Phillen Hace???
So many things. I can't handle this. I need the next one in my hands.

Shield of the People better alleviate some of my questions but I fear it'll just add more.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! A gripping read, this book had me up past my bedtime wanting to know what happened next.

While this book succeeds as a standalone work, the greater joy for the reader is to see more of the overarching mystery that has been woven through the series since book 1. Some mysteries have been finally answered, but greater mysteries are still ahead. I can't wait to see what happens next!
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
*copy from the publisher in exchange for a review*

A Parliament of Bodies is the latest in Marshall Ryan Maresca’s ‘Maradaine’ saga (we've got an interview with him here, giving some insight into this latest book), a shared universe populated by, among others, mages, vigilantes, coppers and villains. It’s part of the ‘Maradaine Constabulary’ sequence, which focuses on two police inspectors on the mean streets of the city of Maradaine, where government corruption is rife, back-up is often optiona
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of the world Marshall Ryan Maresca has created. Each character in every series is multi-dimensional and the slow build towards the larger plots is intricately crafted. A Parliament of Bodies moves us another step closer to the complete interweaving of the seemingly disparate series set int he same world. I'm still waiting for that moment where Satrine Rainey and Asti Rynax cross paths.

This latest installment in the world of Maradaine is the third book in the Maradaine Constabular
Elizabeth Gray
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Parliament of Bodies is a wild ride. It has only been a few months since the events in An Import of Intrigues, and Inspector Welling is under Investigation as to his continued fitness to serve as a member of the Constabulary. There is a fiendish serial killer who has kidnapped dozens of people and strapped them into clockwork death machines (think the Saw movies). Inspectors Welling and Rainey are joined by Dayne Heldrin and Jerinne Fendall of the Taurian Order to stop the man Dayne is convinc ...more
Roumen Ganeff
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Darker than the previous books, which is not necessarily bad but I wasn't prepared for it. There are characters from previous books in important and fringe roles. The end felt like this was the middle of a trilogy, like Empire strikes back - villains rule, heroes are in a bad shape and the evil empire lurks. ...more
Tamra Oscroft
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The Constabulary series is my second favorite after the original Thorn/Maradine series. In this book, I could see all the threads coming together so I am excited read more.

I hope another book with the Thorn of Dentonhill is in the works!
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction, fantasy
This was a fun one. The gearbox murders was an interesting mystery concept. I just wish (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Grimmer and gorier than the foregoing books. Got about a fifth in and just did not feel it.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2019
Things are getting very, very interesting. So much happened in this book.

Please, sir, may I have another?
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, 2019-new
Another Maradaine story filled with non-stop action. Seriously, towards the end there I had to stop and take a breath, I was getting very anxious.

I love the crossovers in these stories. You never know when one of the Holver Alley Crew is going to show up to give Satrine and Minox a hand.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book. I would highly recommend.

I've read every Maradaine Sequence book that's come out and this one is by far my favourite. Maresca really takes things to another level in this book. Let's break it down:

As always seems to be the case in the Maradaine Constabulary series the characters are complex and work hard to reach their goals without quite achieving them - and this goes for new villains and side characters as well as the protagonists and pre-existing supporting cast. What
Jonathan Palfrey
I have mixed feelings about this book.

On the one hand, it's a fluent and impressive novel, exciting and gripping, a page-turner. I like the characters, and I quite like the scenario, which has depth. The plot is complex and ingenious.

On the other hand, there are various aspects of the book that I don't like so much:

1. Maresca has a taste for bizarre and implausible crimes, whereas I'd prefer something more credible. The star criminal of this story is implausible to the point of surrealism, which
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
The constabulary series that this book is part of is my favorite, although I’m fond of the Thorn books, but his other ongoing books within the larger, intertwined work I’ve not been much interested in. That being said, you can read this as a stand alone, although obviously if you e read the others it will make it a deeper experience. I definitely felt like I was missing a few pieces. Because I read books more for the characters than the plot, I found this book disappointing since it’s focus was ...more
L.E. Doggett
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another short review. And another 4.20 rating. Twists and guest stars from the other books in the series. But no Thorn. Marshall does his descriptions well, the plot goes along good. Characters are good choices and done well. They act in ways, usually, sympathetic and mostly likable. One is a bit arrogant but in a good way.

If you like fantasy and well designed worlds choose this series. It is a bit more complicated than most series since it is in four parts but they work together. Get the first
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Satrine Rainey and Minox Welling are back as they have to solve many gruesome murders. I love these two. Both have problems that impact their lives. In spite or because of they have formed a interesting and working partnership. This time many are in danger, there is some resolution but mostly the story is a set up for the danger in future books. Great story with more complex world building and backstory.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Next please!
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, low-fantasy
Despite the magecraft, this series feels very low fantasy in that Fritz Lieber vein, so that's where I'm shelving it. At least until I change my mind again.

This is volume three in this grouping, and it's very interesting to see how it's slotting in to the whole mosaic in the Tales of Maradaine that Maresca is creating. There's overlaps and references and characters from all three of the other series present here as well, and I really like how this is starting to merge and fit, because these are
Ria Bridges
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love Maresca’s Maradaine novels. There are multiple subseries at this point, tackling different viewpoints of situations (with a little bit of crossover every now and again, which makes things that much more interesting), and as far as fun fantasy novels go, this is one of my favourite series! This latest one is part of the Maradaine Constabulary series, which reads like a fantasy police procedural/mystery, and I’d saw this one in particular has shades of Saw throughout, but honestly, it’s mor ...more
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a tough one to rate!! The strengths of the characters and the setting are great and easy to appreciate, but the ending does more to set up future books than it does to actually resolve anything.

It's substantially darker and grimmer than the previous two books in the series as well. A villain called the "gearbox killer" seems to be inspired by the guy in the "Saw" series of horror movies. This element felt out of place and over the top. The way the clockwork death traps were described ma
Henry Lazarus
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Marshall Ryan Maresca has a new tale in which Inspectors Satrine Rainey and Minox Welling deal with three cases that turn out to be related. The main one is A Parliament of Bodies (paper from DAW) in which a madman has placed, when everyone in Parliament is on vacation, a killing, clockwork machine with eighteen people locked inside. Minox also has to deal with an inquiry into his being an uncircled mage working as an Inspector, a position that none of the circled mages would take. As usual char ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great deal of excitement with a serial killer, missing children, and Inspector Minox Welling under review by the Archduke of Sauriya's representative. With a crime at the Parliament building, the reader gets a great deal of background information about the political climate of the country. Several very surprising plot twists leaves us up in the air until the next book is published. ...more
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I'm not keen on serial killers (or fantasy Saw, or whatever you'd call the Gearbox Killer), and the book ends on a bit of a cliff hanger. On the other hand, the weaving together of the different... subseries? continues to be interesting.

And I continue to find the books in general to be more readable than I can really explain.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Significant drop from prior books, and too many references to the other series in the same universe.

I'll admit that most of my dislike is boredom with mastermind villains. Read this if you like the setting, skip if you're more specifically interested in "detective story but with magic".
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, library, mystery
The mystery is brutal in this one and everyone involved pays a price. While it isn't a cliffhanger, there is definitely not an end to the investigation, the rest will be in the next book which isn't available yet. So, good story, great characters but boy does everyone suffer in this one. ...more
Breane Ross
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received an arc from netgalley. This is the first in this series that I have read. Loved it and need to get the first 2! Definitely recommend.
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Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, author of the Maradaine Saga: Four parallel series set amid the bustling streets and crime-ridden districts of the exotic city called Maradaine. This includes The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages, The Holver Alley Crew and The Way of the Shield. His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology ...more

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