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...more
“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 ...more
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: *notices Cyril is not mentioned*
Me: *is worried*
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Book two succeeds and fails in ways unique from book one. First of all, I missed (view spoiler)[Cyril (hide 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 ...more
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 ...more
0.5 stars knocked off because i found the first 100 pages or so a little hard to follow otherwise... LOVED this
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
[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]. ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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"I know that I need to see for myself," said Aristide, staring at the white blots of cold cream on the carpet between his shoes. "Or I will live the rest of my life like a man with a toothache he cannot leave alone, and I will poke at it until it grows into an abscess, bursts, and kills me.”