Passion Play

Passion Play

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Baker & Taylor
Ilse Zhalina flees an arranged marriage and becomes the assistant to the owner of a pleasure house, toward whom she finds herself attracted even as she learns that the house is a front for an intelligence network being formed to avert a coming war.

McMillan Palgrave

Ilse Zhalina is the daughter of one of Melnek’s more prominent merchants. She has lived most of her life surrounded by the trappings of wealth and privilege. Many would consider hers a happy lot. But there are dark secrets, especially in the best of families. Ilse has learned that for a young woman of her beauty and social station, to be passive and silent is the best way to survive.

When Ilse finally meets the older man she is to marry, she realizes he is far crueler and more deadly than her father could ever be. Ilse chooses to run. This choice will change her life forever.

And it will lead her to Raul Kosenmark, master of one of the land’s most notorious pleasure houses…and who is, as Ilse discovers, a puppetmaster of a different sort altogether. Ilse discovers a world where every pleasure has a price and there are levels of magic and intrigue she once thought unimaginable. She also finds the other half of her heart.



Baker
& Taylor

Ilse Zhalina is the daughter of one of Melnek's more prominent merchants. She has lived most of her life surrounded by the trappings of wealth and privilege. But there are dark secrets, especially in the best of families. Ilse has learned that for a young woman of her beauty and social station, to be passive and silent is the way to survive.

Publisher: New York : Tor, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765322173
076532217X
Branch Call Number: SCIFI BER
Characteristics: 367 p. :,maps ;,25 cm.

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farbrite
Aug 15, 2012

I very much enjoyed this story--the first of four. The beginning section is very difficult to get through, as Ilse suffers terribly, but then she finds shelter. The rest of the story tells how she matures and gains confidence and finds her true love. The characters and the world-building are all well-developed and interesting. A cliff-hanger of an ending, though--can't wait for the rest of the story!

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andreareads
Feb 20, 2011

At first I really liked this book. It's set in a richly imagined world, full of interesting details: dreams of past lives, lines of poetry, the scent of magic. Some really horrible things happen to the main character early on, though, and I was never convinced that escaping her father and the husband he'd chosen for her was worth the price she paid for it. Life does get better as the book goes on, but as the focus shifted from the personal to the political I found myself losing interest. I never really warmed up to Lord Kosenmark or his cause, a cause which was getting people killed, all for some theoretical greater good. I was pleased that the heroine eventually learned self-defense and combat skills, although I wish her magical training hadn't mostly been left for a sequel. Too much of a drawn out, "to be continued" plot for me.

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andreareads
Feb 20, 2011

one generation's prejudice too often becomes the next generation's war. . . .

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andreareads
Feb 20, 2011

Strong dreams were always life dreams, the scattered memories of previous lives. Even those who dreamed faintly would find their life dreams more vivid as death approached.

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GinaMWright
Sep 13, 2013

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andreareads
Feb 20, 2011

Sexual Content: some disturbing sex scenes early on

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