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I found The Mystic Marriage a thoroughly enjoyable book and I plan to read the third novel in the series Also I heard we re getting the fourth book sometime soon Guess I better catch upReview from The Illustrated Page I continue to adore this series This second instalment continues to follow Barbara and Margerit s lives while expanding the focus to two characters who played a supporting role in the first bookAntuniet and Jeanne are fascinating characters to hang a romance n In Daughter DIY, Dammit!: A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting of Mystery they are the two characters it s hardest to get a handlen Antuniet is proud and cold and always keeps herself at a chilly distance from those around her Jeanne is a social butterfly with a reputation for flightiness when it comes to affairs f the heartAntuniet is hard to like but in her blunt honesty easier to trust Jeanne is easy to like but her reputation for frippery and flitting between passions makes her difficult to trustThe contrast between them and the path to bridging that gap makes for a compelling romance and I found myself falling for both characters but especially for proud prickly AntunietBut what I love most about this book beyond the captivating romance and the twists and turns f palace intrigue is the way it becomes clear that these extraordinary and complex women led by Barbara and Margerit are building themselves a familyFrom Margerit and Barbara making a home with each ther to Antuniet finding that even after her brother s disgrace there are those who would take her in to Barbara s young cousin Brandel who wants for his future than life n a rural farmstead they all find themselves drawn together into their Civil rights, tool of communist deception own community theirwn found familyIt s a story as ld as ueerness how we when relegated to the margins find strength in each ther How when Cutthroat our families forsake us we find and createur An Eastern Orthodox Response to Evangelical Claims own Woah What a ride this was I m giddy and almost breathless with excitement after finishing The Mystic Marriage It was even better than Daughterf Mystery is that even possible but that could be because I am familiar with the players now I know the difference between a Mesnera and a Maisetra what the tasks The Claiming of the Shrew of an armin entail who the players at court are who mostf the characters are without reading the same paragraph twice This series is not a light read but if you stick with it and immerse yourself completely it is so damn rewardingIn this second part Summoned of the Alpennia series we have two pov s added to thenes f Barbara and Margerit namely those f Antuniet Chazillen and Jeanne Vicomtesse de Cherdillac I thought it made for a interesting dynamic and I really loved getting into the heads f these two as well Antuniet made an impression n me in book Baghdad, Mon Amour: A Journey of Exile and Return one this proud woman who lost everything including her good name and standing following her brother s betrayal We come to know her story now andh boy is it a hard Dead Inside one I super respected her through it all And also Jeanne my gawd that woman took my breath away There is a particular scene I put in the comments that floored me There is so much under the surface with thisneThis story has so much it is such an intense read full f intrigue mysteries alchemy passion lo I liked this better than book 1 it moves at a faster pace and the characters are well developed I love how Antuniet grows in character throughout the book I started the book not liking her very much and ended it by rooting for her We get four POVs in this book Margerit Barbara Jeanne and Antuniet and each character is given time and space to develop The storyline has intrigue and mystery than book 1 and the romance though not explicit plays a central role without distracting from the plot The nly part I didn t enjoy was the ending which felt a bit rushed it would have been nice to see Margerit s verilouium a kind The Taste of Spruce Gum of truth mystery in action just like we saw the castellum in action in the the previous book and it would have been nice to see another POV view spoilerwhen Antuniet was incarcerated hide spoiler I think thisne is actually better than Daughter f Mystery r at least I enjoyed it a lot It was also longer than Daughter She Stoops to Conquer of Mystery by about 30k words according to Kobo and took me MUCH longer to read I bought a copy a few months ago and started reading it roughly a month ago and amnly done now To be fair though I was reading it in small chunks It s been my backpack book to read in between timesAnywaysI really like Jeanne I like her flair for social arrangements "and her philandering ways I like Antuniet also bc she s very solid and focused n business " her philandering ways I like Antuniet also bc she s very solid and focused n business Orb only slowly grows attached to people butnce she s attached she s attached But my favorite character remains BARBARA I was so happy to see that she and Margerit still had POV sections in this book I guess if Jones keeps this up for all her MCs and adds The Dandy and Lady Penelope on every book it ll beverwhelming but for now it s good My favorite plotlines were near always her going n "errand after errand for the royal family in its fractured branches r her "after errand for the royal family in its fractured branches Multi-Family Therapy or her to take a stand against judicial duellingr her investigating a matter for Antuniet National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition or someone else in her little group Which btw in this book I ve come to the conclusion this isn t a romance seriesr even really a fantasypolitical intrigue series it s a FOUND FAMILY SERIES what could be betterThere were some new fun characters too I m interested to see what Jones is going to do with Tavit in the future with his mysterious past and Efriturik s just
a solid guy Actually I find I m fond f the male characters who don t get solid guy Actually I find I m fond f the male characters who don t get lot f limelight lols also I m very sorry guys but if ne A History of Prophecy in Israel, Revised and Enlarged ofur MCs had married Efriturik for politicalconvenience reasons the two times the matter was brought up I would have been into it arranged marriages are just so much fun tho I guess I m glad that didn t happen would have caused a lot Think good thoughts about a pussycat of troubleAntuniet WEARS JEANNE S HEART AROUND HER NECK High romanceAnyways yes I had a good time Only complaint would be that there were some scenes that were just summarized that I would have liked to see andther plotlines that didn t interest me as much as they could have Eg I know Serafina Talarico is gonna be a big deal in the next book but in this book she does basically nothing I could have waited for the next book to introduce herOverall very good I ll Ants those secrets for himselfJeanne Vicomtesse de Cherdillac is bored The Rotenek season is flat her latest lover has grown tediously jealous and her usual crowd One, Two, Three Me of friends fails to amuse When Antuniet turns upn her doorstep seeking patronage for her alchemy experiments what begins as amusement turns to interes. .
Another delightful Alpennia novel Like Daughter f Mystery The Mystic Marriage is a wonderfully wholesome heart warming love story Jones has a great talent for writing enchanting characters the sort that feel like ld friends by the end These books are really the antithesis Sex and Lust in Tijuana: True Sex Stories of the Tjamigos of grimdark fantasy They have a fundamental certainty that good intentions hard work forgiveness compassion and a sensef humour really are enough to bridge the divide between hearts And yet they re not sappy by any means Understanding isn t easy and good will isn t guaranteed Those characters who fail to do the right thing suffer by their wn handsMore than anything I like the handling f Jeanne and Antuniet Both their characters and their relationship As I read the book I kept imagining a different meaner book like a shadow behind this Tea for Ruby one A shadow made upf many The Life of Saint Philip Neri of thether trashy historical romances I ve readJeanne Vicomtesse de Cherdillac is a bed hopping social butterfly with exuisite taste As a stereotype she pops up again and again through ut fiction And invariably she is a secondary character There to be mean to the heroine r to suffer a terrible fall as a moral lesson to the rest f the cast But here she was allowed to be a whole person a practised flirt who is perfectly capable f fidelity when her heart is won a woman whose modishness in no way precludes serious thought I only Like the Fingers of the Guy I Hate, Vol. 1 or deep emotionAntuniet is brittle defensive driven and humourless In a hundredther books she is the maiden aunt The Whistle Pig or spinster governess a figuref mockery r pity And yet here her defenses are understood as a rational and reasonable response to a harsh world Her dedication to her work is clearly driven by passion not compensation And her gentle blossoming when shown trust and acceptance is immensely touchingAnd as Antuniet and Jeanne teeter n the edge f social disaster for their scandalous ways there is no melodramatic hysteria r mournful regret for their sins Instead a brave and sober assessment Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things of what they lose and what they gain by being true to themselvesSo the characters were wonderful but the plot and pacing were sorely lacking Daughterf Mystery was slow but The Mystic Marriage is stationary The faults in both books are the same strong A Stepdaughter In Heat openings and endings bookend antherwise utterly turgid plot And it s disappointing to see the problem getting worse rather than better in the series It s crying ut for a good editor All the necessary components f a great book are here and with some harsh pruning and reshuffling Rufus of somef the scenes it could have been acheived Fingers crossed for the next volume I will definitely be reading it Are you interested in a historical fantasy lesbian romance Then you should read Heather Rose Jone s Alpennia series which starts with Daughter f Mystery The Mystic Marriage is the second installment in the series and introduces two new women as a new romantic plotline I suggest reading Daughter f Mystery first as both The Mystic Marriage and this review will contain spoilers for the first bookAfter the events You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!: Book One in the Just Make a Choice! Series of Daughterf Mystery Antuniet Chazillen lost everything when her brother s treachery was exposed Determined to restore her family s honor even if there s nothing f her family left she turns to alchemy with the help f a long hidden book Women and Social Work: Towards a Woman-Centered Practice of alchemical secrets But she s not alone in desiring the book and her enemies have hounded her across Europe for it Runningut f ptions Antuniet returns to Alpennia Disgraced and The Cowboys outf friends she turns to Jeanne Vicomtesse de Cherdillac a bored socialite who s momentarily between lovers Jeanne first sees Antuniet and her alchemy as a simple amusement but her feelings soon deepenI enjoyed The Mystic Marriage I really did But I feel like I have so little to say about it That s partly my Sins of Treachery own fault I waitedver half a month to write this review and I didn t even take notes when I was reading It may partly be because The Mystic Marriage is a seuel Those are always hard to review beyond if you like the first ne you ll probably like this ne too Which is exactly the camp The Mystic Marriage falls into If you found yourself charmed by Daughter My Grandfather's Prison: A Story of Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City of Mystery then you shouldbviously read The Mystic MarriageSo what s different about this book It does add two new POV characters f course Antuniet and Jeanne I like how Antuniet is so dedicated to her alchemy that everything else sort f falls into shadow and "how Jeanne realizes that she ll need to share Antuniet with her " Jeanne realizes that she ll need to share Antuniet with her for alchemy I also haven t seen Jeanne s character type a middle aged female socialite as a love interest Whos Next? Guess Who! or romantic lead beforeBarbara and Margerit both still have POV sections in The Mystic Marriage which surprised me at first I d assumed that the story would be told entirely from Antuniet and Jeanne s perspectives I wonder if this format will hold with the next book giving us six POVs total I think four workedkay here but any would risk verburdening the narrativeI enjoyed how The Mystic Marriage expanded upon the magical elements with the addition f alchemy I love how magic in this series is so scientific It s a beautiful piece f world buildingThe Mystic Marriage is also proof towards "what I m beginning to suspect I like romance a lot better when it is ff and "I m beginning to suspect I like romance a lot better when it is ff and n sex This might be bvious but I ve spent most f my life thinking I hated romance I m still not a huge romance person but I love the Alpennia books and they re essentially romances Fantasy romances but still romances I guess this is less a commentary n The Mystic Marriage and commentary n what insight this series has been giving me グライネリエ 1 [Grainerie 1] on myselfThe Mystic Marriage is also a tad diverse than the first book There s now a black woman in the supporting cast and I think she s the protagonistf the third book and there were some Jewish characters too In terms f ueer identities I d call this book lesbian and not LGBT I m pretty sure the nly rientations you see are straight r lesbian I guess Jeanne could be bi since she had a husband in the distant past but you never hear anything about him and you The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within only see her interested in women This isn t a criticismf the series I just want to note it since this series gets labeled LGBT and people looking for a wide variety The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry of ueer identities would likely be disappointedAll in all. Antuniet Chazillen lost everything the night her brother was executed In exile she swore that treason would not be the final chapterf the Chazillen legacy in Alpennia’s history A long hidden book File Under: Arson of alchemical secrets provides the first hopef success but her return to the capital is haunted by an enemy who
Free download The Mystic Marriage Alpennia #2Ead the next book when I ve caught my breath a bit and Wicked Sense obtained a copy The second book in the Alpennia series focusesn the recently fallen Antuniet After losing her brother to execution her mother to suicide and her childhood home to confiscation Antuniet Chazillen has left Alpennia in disgrace While in exile she vows to return again in triumph But being a scientist at heart her vengeance is to gift Alpennia with a spectacular scientific discovery which she intends to use to clear her family name and restore their honorHer path to success is no easy task Battling crippling poverty stracization by society the never ending court intrigues and a very distracting and dangerous attraction to her benefactress the introverted anti social Antuniet must learn to navigate the confusing politics f her time renew Powerless Against You old friendships and build newnes fall in love for the first time and still have time left ver for crafting the perfect jewel Phew Busy girl Which leaves her love interest Jeanne with not much to do except bring her lunch and dinner and ccasionally help stir the cooking pot f the jewels Jeanne is everything Antuniet is not social butterfly lover f women event Dobys Lessons (Brats in Training organizer par excellence and in those days possiblyld enough to be Antuniet s mother In The Texan Meets His Match order to bring this highly unlikely pairing to fruition the book spends a lot time developing the romance yey for lesfic lovers compared to the first book Just imagine all the issues they need tovercome workaholic vs party girl introvert vs social butterfly significant age gap multiple casual lovers forbidden love etc etc The relationship starts sputters picks up again gets derailed finally gains traction nly to run smack against 18th century s Huge angst fest right there Behind the scenes intrigue continues to dog the royal court f Alpennia Rival princesses and their respective scions jostle for any advantage Foreign interests continue their meddling ways reaching ut to both sides f the rivalry Rumors possible treason and assassination attempts abound and The Heretic's Handbook (Kindle Single) our ladies including Margerit and Barbara from Book 1 find themselves caught in the crossfire There areccasional discussions Blue Guide New York of the esoteric detailsf alchemy as practiced by Antuniet just as there were f visions and saints in the first book that may cause non geeks to zone ut but alert readers will appreciate the careful attention to detail eg precession shift Monsieur de Saint-George: Virtuoso, Swordsman, Revolutionary: A Legendary Life Rediscovered over 200 years and distances from the euatorf different cities causing inaccuracy in Antuniet s cooking 8 The book features 4 POV characters in alternating chapters as Barbara and Margerit still play major roles in the book Its amazing how the story flows effortlessly forward despite this structure Romantic tension and kingdom intrigues weave seamlessly thoughout culminating in a rousing climax Garden of The Gods of the literary kind in a melodramatic courtroom scene 55 stars 50 for being as good as the first book 05 stars for the angst PS Re the lackf explicit sex I didn t miss it at all The romance was just as powerful Second installment in an incredibly well developed and realised series about political intrigue in an alt c19 European principality too realistic to call a Ruritania where alchemy and religious mysteries work It s all ff with a huge cast and interlinked stories so you would be best ff starting with Daughter f Mystery to get clued in which is no hardship as I love that too This is a different beast though Jeanne and Antuniet are both very flawed characters based The Fruits of Graft: Great Depressions Then and Now on their appearances in book 1 you could fairly say Jeanne was shallow manipulative and somewhat predatory while Antuniet is coldbsessive and proud And they still are brilliantly I do hate a redemption arc that goes h hey they weren t that bad after all but this time we see inside them both to the raw hearts the wanting something better f themselves as well as the world the need for a love neither ever got It works terrifically Pretty much the entire romantic conflict is grounded in nothing than their difficult personalities
And Lifelong Emotional Habits Thatlifelong emotional habits that to be broken and as a result we get an intensely believable and hopeful romance This is a long book and full scale fantasy not a romance novel so the love story is just Musical Mathematics: On the Art and Science of Acoustic Instruments one partf a pretty large story which includes alchemy politics friendship groups and plotting against royalty Barbara and Margerit from book 1 both get a ton Goig of page time as POV and there are various threads and characters leadingnwards It s a huge world which makes it a really immersive read you can just sink in And the alchemical magic is just fabulous These are priced uite high BUT at the time Where Alligators Sleep of writing this book is is a Storybundle and book 3 is half price at the Bella Books website so if I was you I d get in there From my 2015 Hugo award recommendationsHistorical fantasy set in Alpennia an imaginary Western Central European country Think Austria and Switzerland There is a lotf intrigue among ultra rich nobles living a life Saraswati Park of leisure but a lotf the plot involves alchemy where "They Actually Work And Make "actually work and make with their Ten Weeks with Chinese Bandits own hands yes both the characters and the author reflectsn this One f the reasons I like this series is the believable not flashy but still effective magicThere are four main characters all women Two f them are an established couple whereas two Young And Naive, Wasted Years others end up in a relationship during the coursef the novel I was very glad to see a book with ueer characters in a long term loving happy relationship The author also tackled some Ebekulak of the problems I had with Alpennia 1 for example this time the pacing was tighter and the cast was also not all ethnicracial majority though I really wish there would ve been someone in a major role For my part I am really looking forward to the upcoming third novelMy tweet series Alpennia 1 Alpennia 2Where I got the book Print reviewer copy from publisher Bella Press A delightful seuel to Daughterf Mystery if not as thoroughly engaging as the first book It s not that the pairing has less Tension But Since The but since the is also kept Israeli Soldier Girl on Barbara and Margerit and an additional mystery there s less momentum than in the first book However I did love the continuityf the characters and Antuniet makes for an eually refreshing heroine especially paired with the charming Jeanne. T then something deeper But Antuniet’s work draws danger that threatens even the crown Understories of Alpennia The alchemyf precious gems throws two women into a crucible Commissar of adversity but it is the alchemyf the human heart that transforms them both in this breathtaking follow up to the widely acclaimed Daughter Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook of Myste.