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MALEDICTE
LANE ROBINS
ISBN# 9780345495730
May 2007
Del Rey/Ballantine
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
Trade Paperback
$14.95
464 pages
Fantasy
Rating: 3 Cups

Once a girl named Miranda, the boy Maledicte seeks revenge against the aristocrats who kidnapped her beloved Janus and left her alone and bleeding in the alleys of the Relicts. The ancient goddess Ani has seized her as an instrument of revenge.

Gilly, sold by his family to Lord Vornatti, does not know what to make of his master’s new pet and worries that he will be displaced. Maledicte has another goal in mind and the two become fast friends, though Mal makes Gilly nervous at times.

Maledicte is set on vengeance and strikes fear into the hearts of the aristocracy. Aided by the goddess Ani, who wishes revenge on those who no longer believe in her, Mal wishes to reclaim her lover Janus and kill the man who took him from her, but Janus and court politics make this difficult.

This is a very dark and depressing tale. Mal virtually sells her soul for someone who we see quite quickly is not worth it. Janus’ name is very appropriate; he loves Mal but is as ambitious as any man at court. Gilly is another matter. Time after time he takes punishment to allow Mal to pursue her aims. Vornatti is just plain creepy. Mal is too single minded at times but a very sympathetic character. The plot can be a little slow at times, but these periods are interspersed with periods of great action and excitement. If you like your fantasy dark and bloody, with intricate plots, this is the story for you.

Maura
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