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(The Amberlough Dossier #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  956 ratings  ·  214 reviews

Armistice returns to Donnelly’s ravishing 1930s Art Deco-tinged fantasy world of Amberlough with a decadent, tumultuous mixture of sex, politics, and spies

In a tropical country where shadowy political affairs lurk behind the scenes of its glamorous film industry, three people maneuver inside a high stakes game of statecraft and espionage:

Lillian, a reluctant diplomat

Published 2018 by Tor
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Elle (ellexamines)
“You've no idea what you've cost me. Not the faintest trace of an understanding.”

In the aftermath of the fabulous Amberlough, I was worried I would be let down by this book. I was. But thankfully, not completely.

This one follows Cordelia and Aristide, two of the three leads of book one, and Lillian, an ambassador for Gedda… and Cyril’s sister. Ari is a traumatized refugee. Cordelia is in hiding after a resistance bombing campaign. Lillian is being blackmailed. But as things get more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
While the audiobook production was still just as good as book 1, I felt like this was more of a filler book. I missed one character that was central to book 1, and cared less about the political machinations in this installment. I’m still invested enough in the characters to finish the series and I hope the last book wrapped up what Amberlough started.
Review after rereading in February 2021:
The truth is out: I WOULD die for Cordelia Lehane, Lillian DePaul, and Aristide Makricosta.

Review after reading in April 2019:
Having now read the book I can confirm that I was, in fact, right to be concerned about Cyril DePaul.

Review before reading:
Me: *reads blurb*
Me: nice
Me: *notices Cyril is not mentioned*
Me: *is worried*
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

I've been trying for over 3 months to get into this narrative.

Countless times have I picked it up to put it back down again.

I think it's time to just call it.

My apologies to the author, the publisher and NetGalley. Perhaps one day I will pick this up again and want to center punch this version of myself but today is not that day.

A copy was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Lara Elena Donnelly excels at endings.
Endings are rarely my favorite part of the story, but the first thing Amberlough and its very different sequel Armistice have in common is that I always ended up emotionally compromised.
I wasn't even loving this book until the last 20%. I really liked it, I love all the characters, but I have to say that the pacing around the middle of the book wasn't the best, it almost dragged. And then the ending happened, and here I am. It didn't even need to b
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2019-shelf
I wanted my high expectations to pan out for this one, but I was a little disappointed.

It's not a bad book by any definition, but it kinda picks up with the same characters under wildly different circumstances. From stage performance and spywork and blowing up the art district to becoming a revolutionary grunt or rubbing nobs with diplomats years down the line.

It might have been rather cool. In concept, it might even work. But in this particular instance, the enjoyment I had with the previous n
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this series!

Book two succeeds and fails in ways unique from book one. First of all, I missed (view spoiler). And second of all, this was a much more plot-driven book.

In this book we venture out from Amberlough City (in fact, the book is set entirely outside of the series' eponymous city) and spend most of our time in Porachis, a tropical country with a less than stellar relationship with Gedda that draws seems at least slightly analogous to India.

Donnelly has certai
Cordelia is now a legendary revolutionary?

Shhhhh. Say no more. Give. Pls. I need more Cordelia LeHane ready to wreck shit up.
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Christ that was delicious.

I'm not going to lie. I had my doubts at the beginning. This book is set 3 years after the end of Amberlough. So much has changed and yet certain things remain the same. I was worried about the dreaded second book syndrome that plagues trilogies.
But by the time I got half way I couldn't put it down. It had it tendrils in me. It faired very well considering it was missing most of what I loved from the first book. Cyril is not a POV character in this book. We still get
Ashley Marie
A solid continuation. This series is so wonderfully character-driven and it makes me nervous. Nervous to see where my beloved Cordelia and Aristede end up in the finale. I want them to make it all the way to the end, but knowing this gritty world, I'm worried. ...more
Abi Walton
Armistice follows on three years after the end of Amberlough and is set in the neighbouring country Porachis, which to me read like a mixture between 1930's Hollywood and India and it was beautiful. I am so glad that our protagonists from Amberlough returned, with Cordelia and Aristide, although very much changed in the years of oppression. Cordelia is now a revolutionary leader for a group called Catwalk and Aristide, who is very much still in the throngs of grief almost bubble like in the way ...more
georgia ☽
4.5 stars

0.5 stars knocked off because i found the first 100 pages or so a little hard to follow otherwise... LOVED this
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lara Elena Donnelly’s debut Amberlough was a dazzling story of decadence, sex, and the embrace of art in the face of authoritarianism. But readers who dive into Armistice expecting more of the same thing–strippers, cabaret dancers, forbidden passions–may end up being a little disappointed. This sequel is wholly focused on characters–some old, some new–as they try to deal with the fallout of the ending of the first book. So we don’t get the “let’s-rip-our-clothes-off” brand of sexiness, but what ...more
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
This review is also posted on my blog.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

If you start Armistice simply expecting it to be more of Amberlough, you will be disappointed. Which isn’t to say that the second part of the series is in any way worse than the first - just that there’s a very different feeling about it.

We move three years into the future & into Porachis, the neighbouring country. That dazzling city of cabarets & decadence we came to know? I
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: earc, 2018
I received the e-ARC of this novel courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley.

My full review here.

In short: great characters, very good style, plot that takes a while to get going but then becomes really breathtaking, worldbuilding that doesn't quite do for this new city what Amberlough did for, well, Amberlough, and a good setup for a potentially explosive conclusion. Still, I wish a spy novel had more spying and more exciting plot twists, and more competent players (particularly early on).

I rea
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this is some high-end, top-shelf, luxury-branded SHADY BUSINESS and i'm truly living!! i'm not even gonna get mad that the book ended like THAT because it just had me pumped up for book 3 and finally witness the conclusion of this carefully constructed plot and, of course, the fate of these vibrant characters.

i truly can't tell how this series is gonna end and I LOVE THAT ABOUT IT.
(also, i do so wish one of those giant streaming services pour money into a miniseries because i'm dying to see this
Lauren Stoolfire
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, thriller, fantasy
I love the author's style and this series is so lush, and this sequel Armistice is no exception. Lara's characters and the world they inhabit are incredibly well developed. If you like the sound of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy meets Cabaret or James Bond meets Oscar Wilde, I have a feeling that you may want to give this a try. You may also want to try this series if you love Robert Jackson Bennett's writing style. I can't wait to read the finale, Amnesty, and whatever else the author cares to wr ...more
Ash | Wild Heart Reads
Armistice destroyed my soul and I loved every minute of it. I am tempted to leave my review at that because in the 6 odd days since I've finished Armistice I am still not sure I can do this book and my feelings on it justice. 

"You've no idea what you've cost me. Not the faintest trace of an understanding."

Three years after the explosive finale of Amberlough, Aristide Makricosta has set himself up as a film director under the arm of Pulan. Cordelia Lehane has been smuggled out of Ambe
Stella ☆Paper Wings☆
"She didn't look forward to peeling back her layers of deception for him. It would be rather more like flaying than it would be a burlesque."

This is such an interesting and fun series, and it's kind of inspired some of my own writing, so I have to give credit to that. I definitely enjoyed the first book more, and I think this one dragged a little. Still, it got us where we needed to be, and I can tell the trilogy is going to finish with a bang.

It had been a while since I read Amberlough so i
Grace W
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, speculative
I cannot get over how incredible this series is!!! The character growth is just so spot on and the plot is so tight! I’m obsessed
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This book suffers so much of the "middle-book syndrome" it hurts.

Couldn't care less about the new character.

Now, please, give me Cyril. Thanks
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
NOTE: Received a copy of this book from NetGalley

I actually finished this almost a month ago but I've been waiting to publish my review as per the publisher's preferences on NetGalley. I wanted to scream at anyone who would listen immediately, though, so I'm quite proud of my restraint.

When I read 'Amberlough' it was one of those reading experiences that I think everybody hopes for when they pick up a new book. I was immediately captivated, I fell in love with every single character, the writing
Miss M
Compared to the first book this was like watching paint dry. I won’t be back, though I do hope there’s good news about Cyril someday...
Just as good as the first one! And now please give me a third one!
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh man I am a SUCKER for angst and pining and boy oh boy did Lara Elena Donnelly deliver. While Amberlough was more plot-oriented with its heavy politics, jumps to different locations and betrayals, Armistice sways further towards the emotional spectrum, which is perfect for me. Technically, this book wasn’t as strong as the first, BUT I enjoyed it more than I did Amberlough because by the end of that book, I was so invested in Aristide, that I was salivating for a chance to really get into his ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! And trust me, all these words are coming straight from the heart. This is like, some of the best fiction happening in speculative and LGBT+ fiction right now. Amberlough was one of the best reads in fantasy of 2017, and this is just as damn good.

This follows on a few years after Amberlough, but set in a neighbouring country, Porachis. We're reintroduced to Cordelia and Aristide, changed from the years of oppress
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer, favorites, specfic
4.5/5! Still absolutely wonderful but not QUITE as gripping and tense as Amberlough. Also, my favorite character was notably quiet and I was really hoping we'd get some more deets on that. (I am praying for Amnesty to perform miracles.)

What I especially loved about this one is that this feels like what we're going through now. Amberlough released in 2017, alongside the inauguration. Armistice released in 2018, where we are all suffering along the long winding road of political misery we're stuc
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A little weaker than Amberlough, mainly due to the fact that I found myself caring little for Lillian's storyline, but still a superb book, with compelling intrigue and masterful writing. Also, Aristide Makricosta is confirmed as one my favorite characters in fiction, ever. Please just read it.

[I've go to say this, though: what's up with all these held breaths? Give these people an inhaler, for the love of God].
Linda Robinson
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Storytelling gem. Donnelly saves us from twisting our brains trying to remember the relationships from Amberlough by cleverly letting the characters remind us in her own inimitable word wrangling. Yes, Ada Culpepper; ugh, Van Joost; ah, Cyril. Now, get in the car: Aristide Makricosta, a shiny cracked Christmas bulb, has landed on his sore feet as a producer with a movie studio. Cordelia Lehane is a refuge in a foreign land, not understanding the language and needing cover, sleep and food. We mee ...more
Fabiana  P.
First book read in 2021.
Still, I'm not sure to have understood all the events in this novel. However, I like this one too, more or less for the same reasons I like the first one. In my opinion it is less dynamic and lively than Amberlough, but again, I've enjoyed it. I'm ready for the last one.
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Lara Elena Donnelly is the author of the Nebula, Lambda, and Locus-nominated trilogy The Amberlough Dossier, as well as short fiction and poetry appearing in venues including Strange Horizons, Escape Pod, Nightmare, and Uncanny.

Lara has taught in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College, as well as the Catapult Workshop in New York. She is a graduate of the Clarion and Alpha writers’ workshops, a

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The Amberlough Dossier (4 books)
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