Robins’s debut fantasy chronicles the fascinating transformation of year-old Miranda from girlish street urchin to an attractive, audacious. Maledicte (Antyre, book 1) by Lane Robins – book cover, description, publication history. There’s not much I can say about Lane Robins, author of “Maledicte”. As far as I can tell, she doesn’t have a website or blog yet, and about all.

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I was bored, and just bought it after glancing over the back cover. I can see that the author wanted to write the next count of Monte Cristo, but this revenge theme this bbok is centered on is shallow.

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Then again, the people who seemed to love this book also loved the Kushiel series, and frankly, I hated that book I only read the first and only just managed to wade through it.

Sometimes the writing was over-done, resulting in vagueness, and points of view shifted unexpectedly, causing occasional confusion. It’s great if you can tolerate a protagonist that’s possessed lxne a god of vengeance, which lets him kill without remorse while harboring a disturbingly fevered obsession for his true love. Instead I’m just going to send out my wholeheartedly honest plea with anyone reading these words right now that you should read this book.

Lane Robins was born in Miami, Florida, the daughter of two scientists, and grew up as the first human member of their menagerie. I especially liked the relationship between Gilly, Janus, and Maledicte. I can understand the author’s decision to do so, giving the character some mystery. I’m absolutely intrigued with where the story left off and I absolutely cannot wait until the sequel gets here.

People who like revenge fantasies. Miranda leaves her mother, determined to find Janus, to kill Lord Last and reclaim her companion. Newer Post Older Post Lanne. Sweet, patient Gilly, who finds himself loving Maledicte even though robns thinks he’s a man, and a destructive one at that.

Robins is a fantasist with a future. She received her BA in Creative Writing from Beloit College, and currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with an ever-fluctuating number of dogs and cats.


The Best Books of It begins with Miranda, a common street rat whose first enemy was hunger and a mother who only saw within kaledicte daughter the potential for profit. Discover what to read next. Want to Read saving…. Paperbackpages. Roughening his voice with poison, Maledicte learns swordplay and espionage. By clicking maledictw “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

It is funny, as I have just finished Mal’s breathtaking struggle between love and vengeance, by n by a fan of Gilly! I read, went back and forth between pages trying to grasp what I had just read and began to skim. And we see only enough of Miranda’s former life to understand why she is the person she is.

And also, it just didn’t seem that necessary for someone to cross-dress in order to go on a killing rampage in a decadent court, other than the admitted dexterity pants would give over yards and yards of embellished skirt. Again, I wasn’t convinced that this was realistic behavior. If you enjoy reading HRs and want a story that transcends bizarre, read it. For a book that is driven primarily by its characters and their interactions with one another, there were some issues that I had with the characterizaton.

Maledicte deftly avoids that trap, and pulls every necessary wince and gasp out of the reader as a result.

When Janus is abducted and Miranda is unable to stop it, she flees to a temple dedicated to Black-Winged Ani, one of several gods who nobody believes in any longer. I thought of Maledicte as male more often than not when reading this, and I I saw this book years ago when robibs in a library and noted it as looking interesting. I found myself thinking during this book, something that is so hard to come by in today’s literature.

With all the casual killing it almost felt like an Anne Rice novel. I never saw Janus as “the lover whose oane still haunts her dreams” since I never saw any dreams or passion until they were reunited. I really enjoyed this book, even as I was pleasantly surprised at how more adult it msledicte Rob, thanks for stopping by! Robert, I found this site searching for…. You do begin to believe that Janus just might be worth all the havoc and death Maledicte so desperately wreaks upon court society — to a point, of course.


The characters were driven, almost desperate, to fulfill their goals, to make it to the end, regardless of how it was done.

I had a hard time believing that, too. I wanted to like this more than I actually maledictee.


In fact, only two characters were likable: I liked it a lot more than I expected after reading reviews about it being very dark.

I loved this book, maeldicte will definitely be reading more by this author. Trained in all the skills of a decadent and treacherous court by the lecherous baron and his servant Gilly—and possessed by Black-Winged Ani, a bloodthirsty goddess of love and vengeance—Miranda becomes Maledicte.

I just wasn’t convinced. But whether or not one chooses to read the protagonist this way, maledocte strength of the story remains. Jun 19, Marilag rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s also worth noting how excellently the action scenes are described — and make no mistake, there’s plenty of sleek violence in this book to satisfy those looking for that sort of thing.

MALEDICTE by Lane Robins | Kirkus Reviews

That being said, something about the novel still kept me going. Kushiel’s Dart Kushiel’s Legacy: Maledicte’s 2 years of training under Vornatti is dispensed with in a paragraph.

Dec 25, Kitty rated it it was amazing Shelves: But for anyone who expects this story to be all happy pappy and “dashing debonair msledicte figure ends up with the dark cavalier on winged vengeance”, the book might be more disappointing, because Maledicte is so much more twisty than the cover indicates.