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The Mirador (Doctrine of Labyrinths #3)

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Wizard Felix Harrowgate has finally reclaimed his sanity, his magic, and his position in society. But even as he returns to the Mirador, there are many who desire his end. His half-brother, Mildmay the Fox, follows Felix to the Mirador, where Mildmay finds himself drawn to an alluring spy of the Bastion, a rival school of wizards who want to destroy the Mirador. And Felix ...more
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Published July 29th 2008 by Ace Books (first published 2007)
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Sheila
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
4 stars--I really liked it.

It's the characters and the writing that keep me interested in these books, not the plot. Like with the last book, the pacing is strange, and Mildmay and Felix seem trapped in loops of self deprecation and anger that are repeated over and over. The plot is a slow burn, with some meandering mysteries that connect/get intense in the last 10% of the book.

What bumped this from 3 to 4 stars was the introduction of Mehitabel's chapters. Even though I have a hard time reconci
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Belmanoir
Sep 27, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Felix annoyed me even more than usual in this book (seriously, does he have any redeeming qualities left?) but I loved Mehitabel's narration and Mildmay is still the hottest ex-assassin ever, and I think I'm glad the author didn't go the expected places with their romance. I sort of wished there had been more plot, but on the whole I was too entertained to care. Sarah Monette rocks my world, also her meta on Due South is love. Everyone who hasn't read already read Melusine (the first book in the ...more
Juxian
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I disliked this book while reading it but the ending kinda made up for it. So, okay. It's not the series where you can skip anything, and I hope the last book will be better.
RF
Dec 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some notes on Melusine and The Virtu: I love these books. The narration takes turns going between first person PoVs of Felix and Mildmay. I should also point out that Sarah Monette is one of the best authors I've seen when it comes to putting colloquial, 'incorrect' english/grammar down on paper and not making it grate on my nerves. I recently picked up a book.. boy, what was it... ok, I don't remember, but oh boy... I put it down after I read the first page, it was absolutely grating. Sarah Mon ...more
Alena
Jan 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The blurb sounded interesting, but I just couldn't get into this book. For starters, it was very difficult to keep track of the characters and their various political alignments; at about thirty pages in, I realized that all the fingers of my left hand were marking places so I could flip back for reference to check what character was affiliated with which group and sleeping with which person... Part of this confusion may have been due to the fact that this book is apparently part of a series, so ...more
Desinka
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's 4.5 stars but I'm rounding up because the second half of the book was pure 5 stars. I couldn't put the book down.

Well done, Madame Monette. A very high paced and convoluted court intrigue yet with enough emotional depth and great relationship development. I can't wait to start Corambis.
Robert Beveridge
Sarah Monette, The Mirador (Ace, 2007)

In many series, there comes a tipping point where the ongoing story of the recurring characters becomes more important to the author than the story line contained in each book. Perhaps one can consider the mark of a good series author to be how that tipping point is handled; in the case of, say, Robert Parker (who hit it in Early Autumn, the best Spenser novel that ever was), we may find that the ongoing story is actually more interesting than the book-lengt
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Jennifer
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good, slashreaders, series
SlashReaders: Okay just a note if you plan on reading this you might not want to read all of this. I will however leave that for the end. So if you wish to read the first part without reading the spoilers you can.

I guess I should start off by saying, I enjoyed this book as I did the other two. However I felt that this volume was lacking somewhat. I also found that the back of the book was misleading to me. That aside, I enjoyed reading it but I was also annoyed with it all at the same time. This
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Jay
Jun 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I was apparently a bit too enthusiastic in my review of the first book of this series. It was a kinda "can't see the forest for the trees" moment. I absolutely adore Mildmay. That really helps since I can't stand Felix more often than not. The only time I *can* stand Felix? Is when he's tortured and gone bugfuck. He's not a likable character, but I don't think he's meant to be. Or he is meant to be, but only after he's been tempered by the extreme heat of how he keeps fucking up his life. And Mi ...more
EL
Less grindingly unpleasant than the previous two but I'm not totally sure why I keep reading this series. Mehitabel is a fun narrator at least.
LenaLena
Jun 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book in the series feels like an intermission. We're just hanging around in the Mirador and there are a bunch of little, non-urgent mysteries being pursued by way of plot. You kind of figure that, seemingly unrelated, they'll all come together somehow, and they do, but not until the very end, when crash-bang-boom everything blows up in Felix's face without much build up. The plot under the plot is about how Mildmay and Felix, the Master Non-Communicators, gain a bit more insight into themse ...more
Margaret
Sorcerer Felix and cat burglar Mildmay are still two of the POV characters, and Monette has added a third, actress Mehitabel Parr, whose sections I enjoyed very much, particularly as she brings to bear an outside view of Felix and Mildmay's complex, troubled relationship; as always, Monette handles the three different voices beautifully, always making it clear who is speaking. I don't want to go into plot details for fear of spoilers, but I will say that this book has a little less action and fa ...more
Ascian
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only book of the series with a first-person point of view that is female, Mehitabel Parr.

The main attraction of the book for me, and the aspect that sets it apart for me from the rest of the series, is that it gives for the first time a relatively humanizing look at the ruler of the city of Melusine, Stephen Teverius. Not as bad a guy as Felix Harrowgate's perspective depict him.

Wealhtheow
This is the third book in Monette's series. Felix and his younger brother Mildmay have returned to the Mirador, where court politics and dark magic are once again complicating their already complicated lives. All the main characters' love lives are complicated and fucked up, *of course*, and I enjoy it but it does get a bit old. I hope that the next novel has more action and less moping.
Siina
The Mirador is the third part of the Doctrine of Labyrinths, but not the last. Still one more to go and really, when you have a tetralogy? One of the books tends to be lacking in content, always. This was the one. The Mirador centers around Mirador and Felix and Mildmay's lives there not to forget Tabby of course. We have these three narrators and there doesn't seem to be any unifying theme as such, but mostly the book is about betrayals, political shenanigans and death that end up getting our b ...more
Brian
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series just about blew me away. Most of the fantasy series I've found in the last couple years fall under the "Grimdark" genre, and it was enlightening to find this. (There is commentary from the author that claims these books are as dark and grim as they come, but there is entirely too little bloodshed, the characters are too sympathetic and relatable, and the overall world is too vivid and realistic with the possibility of being nice, for me to consider this grimdark.)
The books are writte
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Susan
Nov 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: university, fantasy, lgbt
Oh dear this book

Was that it? seriously. So little happened. the three plotlines happened at such a ridiculously slow pace I forgot they were happening.
But I read it during a weekend at home, and oh man. Even if there wasn't plot, there was character development. honestly, Monette makes it so easy to read about her characters doing nothing but think and reflect. I am deeply jealous of her.

Mildmay and Felix were great as always. Mildmay is my Precious Son but Felix is a wonderful hot mess and I'
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Ashley
Mar 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Finished The Mirador, the third novel in Sarah Monette's The Doctrine of Labyrinths series.

The short of it:
Court intrigue! Character development! Felix reminds me rather alarmingly of Akito in that he triggers my "hug and throttle" reflex (more often throttle). Mildmay just needs tons and tons of hugs, and I want to make babies with him.

The long of it:
I liked this book a lot, lot more than I'd anticipated. This whole series has made me flail-y with good books!joy, and again, I recommend it beca
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Punk
Aug 14, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, fantasy
Fantasy. Third in Monette's Melusine series. This is much slower than the previous two books because we're stuck in the Mirador and not out racing around the countryside, escaping from mobs, or battling the forces of evil (much). Instead, this is all politics and court intrigue. It's kind of a yawn; on the other hand, the pacing is much improved -- no more long periods of waiting between action. Um, mostly because the whole book is a long wait for action, but you can't have everything!

Mehitabel
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LOL_BOOKS
I RLY ENJOY SARAH MONETTE'S DOCTRINE OF LABYRINTHS SERIES, THE FIRST BOOK IN THE A COMPANION TO WOLVES WORLD, AND I THINK THAT THE TAMIR TRILOGY IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF HOW TO WRITE A GOOD FUCKING TRILOGY

I LIKE COMPLICATED FRANDSHIPS, CONFLICT, EXES AND UNREQUITED LOVE.

SARAH MONETTE'S DOCTRINE OF LABYRINTHS SERIES IS ALL OF THESE THINGS BUT IN THE MOST FUCKED UP WAYS. I MEAN, NOT COMPLETELY THE MOST FUCKED UP WAYS, BECAUSE THE AUTHOR LETS YOU KNOW WHAT THOSE ARE AND SOMETIMES GOES THERE AND S
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Meg
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My least favorite of the quartet so far.

While Mehitabel is a good character, adding a third narrative voice diluted the plot. We spend too much time chasing after secondary story threads so the book feels like it takes forever to get anywhere. I think the problem is that there just wasn't much of a plot. Without Mehitabel's narrative, the whole book would have wrapped up in a third of the time. Since that would be a much shorter book, things get dragged out with Mehitabel's secondary plot threa
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robyn
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic, mythopoeia
The difficulty with reviewing these books is that if you wait any length of time, they blur together til you can't remember what happened in which book.

i DO like these books. I've read Melusine a few times by now, and The Virtu once or twice. This was my first time through Mirador.

So. I like that Mehitabel Parr got a voice; I like seeing Mildmay and Felix without the filter of their shared baggage, though I think we already know that Felix is a charismatic drama queen and Mildmay is a self-flage
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Heather
Jul 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this entry into the series. The addition of Mehitabel added a welcome new perspective; it was nice to get out of Felix's head in particular. I still really love Mildmay, he's a great character. And I love that even the bit players are fully realized characters; at one point there is a character who is tangentially involved with both Mildmay's and Mehitabel's stories, but those never overlap, and I got the feeling that said character had his own very interesting story that we hav ...more
Kim
Aug 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Shelves: fantasy
The Mirador is the third book in Monette's series, and takes place two years after the events in Melusine. Felix has restored the Virtu, and is back ensconced in the Mirador with his lover Gideon, and is engaged in magical research. Mildmay is seeing the governess turned actress Mehitabel Parr, but is haunted by memories of his deceased love Ginevra, and becomes determined to solve the mysteries behind her death. Unbeknownst to him, Mehitabel is the somewhat unwilling spy for the Bastion, which ...more
Myridian
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, e-book
This book follows Mildmay and Felix as they settle back to life in the Mirador. We gain the voice of Mehitabel as she makes anplace for herself in the city and palace. And that's basically all that happens. There's a subplot of Mildmay attempting to solve a mystery he's been set by his old keeper in exchange for information on who betrayed Ginevra and lead to her death in the first book. But that is all. Mildmay and to a lesser extent Felix wrestle with internal demons and do make some developme ...more
Lighthearted
May 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Mirador is the third in Monette’s ‘Doctrine of Labyrinths’ fantasy series. This is an interesting fantasy series because, unlike the traditional Tolkien fantasies (which I love by the way), the heroes’ paths are unclear. For that matter, the heroes themselves are far from traditional: the fate of a country rests largely upon Mildmay the Fox, a former cat burglar/assassin, and Felix, an elitist wizard with a mean streak.

If you choose to undertake this series (and I do recommend it), keep in m
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Eviltwinjen
Aug 29, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are already hooked on Monette
Shelves: fantasy
OK, so I finally finished. "Finally", not because I wasn't enjoying it, but because I kept putting it down and getting distracted by other things. The Mirador is a delicious slice of court intrigue fantasy, and if you read and enjoyed Melusine and The Virtu (and if you didn't, why on earth would you be reading The Mirador?) then you'll be very happy to follow Monette's wonderful characters as they act like their disfunctional selves and noodle around her richly detailed world getting into trou ...more
Anna
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really interesting book because it was kind of Felix and Mildmay: The Aftermath. There didn't seem like there was a massive amount of direction to the plot, in fact that was the point. In the wake of the events of the last book both Felix and Mildmay are both in worlds of pain and despite the fact that they're basically tied together they can't communicate at all and seem hell bent on relieving their own pain by taking it out on others, mostly, each other. Mildmay struggles towards be ...more
jD
Nov 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book best of all. I liked having additional characters and the court intrigue. I did not like the ending. I hated to have Mildmay not get the answer to his question. Felix got what he deserves when all was said and done. Now that I have read the 4th book, I am pissed that all the characters left behind in Musaline at the Mirador are left unresolved. There are a few people that I would like to know what happened to them like the young actors. Gideon's story was wonderful, not a hap ...more
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I was born and raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one of the secret cities of the Manhattan Project. I studied English and Classics in college, and have gone on to get my M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature. My first four novels were published by Ace Books. I h
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Doctrine of Labyrinths (4 books)
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“The obligation d'âme meant that his only allegiance was to Felix, making them a separate kingdom of two, with Felix as king and Mildmay as ministers, army, and populace all combined in one. A stormy little kingdom, I thought, with periodic flare-ups of civil war and a magnificently unstable government. And I was glad I wasn’t a citizen of it.” 17 likes
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