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The Mageborn Traitor epub Í Hardcover read ↠ naturaltreatment × The second volume of the Exiles series pits sister against sister in a battle of magic power and long held family secretsFor generations the Mage Guardians and the Lords of Malerris have waged a secret war against one another—and the world oThe second volume of the Exiles series pits sister against sister in a battle of magic power and long held family secretsFor generations the Mage Guardians and the Lords of Malerris have waged a secret war against one another and the world of Lenfell has paid the price And though the Mage Guardians came close to being destroyed in the last confrontation the Malerrisi were ultimately forced to withdraw relinuishing much of the control the Although I LOVED this book and the firstone in the series I do NOT recommend that anyone read either of them YET The third book has never been written and it has been over 12 years since the last one was published If and when the final book comes out I will change this rating but so many unanswered uestionscliff hangers really spoil the first two books

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Y had gainedBut their retreat has not been as complete as it seems Glenin former First Daughter of Ambrai is determined to have her revenge and regain her power plotting the ruin of her sisters Sarra Councillor of Sheve and Cailet the new Mage Captal while the Malerissi under Glenin’s leadership once again begin weaving a web with which to entangle their entire worldAnd even as Cailet’s dream of a restored Mage Hall becomes a reality Like many fantasy readers of my generation I was a big fan of Melanie Rawn's Dragon Prince and Dragon Star series back in the 90s And when The Ruins of Ambrai first volume in the Exiles trilogy was published in 1994 I bought the hardcover edition as soon as it hit the shelves Did the same when its seuel The Mageborn Traitor came out Daunted by the proliferation of big fantasy series on the market like I did with many other SFF seuences I decided not to read them until the entire trilogy was done Which turned out to be the right decision for as most of you know the final installment The Captal's Tower has yet to see the light But now that Rawn is working on the third volume it was time to give this series a shotAccording to the majority of the author's fans Exiles is by far Rawn's best work to date For that reason I had lofty expectations when I finally sat down to read The Ruins of Ambrai Other than her latest high fantasy series The Glass Thorns I've read everything she has written Hence knowing what she brings to the dance far be it from me to doubt anyone's claim that this trilogy was Melanie Rawn writing at the top of her game And yet as I've mentioned plenty of times expectations have a way to come back and bite you in the ass and this is exactly what happened to me with that bookAfter a confusing beginning and an uninspired few hundred pages I had a feeling that The Ruins of Ambrai would be a total disaster Absolutely nothing worked for me and this was by far the author's weakest novel that I had ever read I should have known better than to throw in the towel for Rawn came through with a captivating engame and an interesting finale Sadly it wasn't enough to save the book It was not a complete loss however and I still wanted to read the subseuent volumes to discover what happens next But even though it got better toward the end The Ruins of Ambrai was plagued by too many shortcomings to be a satisfying reading experience in its own right Given how much love this series has been getting over the years one had to wonder if The Mageborn Traitor raised the bar to another level for the first installment could not possibly warrant that much appreciationUnfortunately The Mageborn Traitor doesn't raise the bar If anything it lowers it To my dismay this seuel suffers from all the flaws that nearly killed its predecessor while adding yet shortcomings to the list And although my expections were nowehere near as high as they had been for The Ruins of Ambrai this second installment was a major disappointmentHere's the blurbThe Mage Guardians have survived the war barely Now Mage Captal Cailet and her sister Sarra are struggling to rebuild their society politically economically and magically Yet though defeated their ancient enemies the Malerissi have not been destroyed and under the leadership of Cailet's and Sarra's sister Glenin these masters of a darker magic are once again weaving a web with which to entangle the entire world And even as Cailet's dreams of a restored Mage Hall become a reality Glenin prepares to strike at the very heart of both her sisters' powerWorldbuilding is an aspect in which Melanie Rawn habitually shines and to a certain extent that was the case with The Ruins of Ambrai She created an intriguing matriarchal society and was in complete control of the genealogy and the convoluted history of her universe Problem is the presentation of everything left a lot to be desired As far as the setting was concerned the world and its people truly came alive through the author's vivid prose But most of the information was conveyed to the reader through some massive info dumps that really bogged down the narrative Too often the reader was subjected to a barrage of namesfamily treesfamily connectionshistory This was as confusing as it was overwhelming and made it uite difficult to keep track of everyone's loyalty and where they fit in the greater scheme of things Sadly in that regard things are even worse in The Mageborn Traitor Especially considering that one family in particular breeds like vermin the complicated genealogies are impossible to sort out We are introduced to what feels like hundreds of men and women and children most as forgettable as the next As a fan of George R R Martin Steven Erikson and Robert Jordan I'm used to vast casts of characters I have no problem keeping track of a huge number of protagonists and secondary characters Trouble is most of those introduced in The Mageborn Traitor have little or no importance as far as the plot is concerned Which means that other than bewildering readers they serve no purpose To tell the truth I started skimming through portions of the narrative in which Rawn introduced us to yet another batch of unimportant people early on and kept doing that throughout the book Another disappointment stemmed from the fact that the author doesn't elaborate a whole lot on the way magic works especially the Mage Globes or on the Malerissi themselvesInterestingly enough you may recall that I didn't have any problem with the over the top matriarchal society and its ramifications until I got to the Selective Index at the end of The Ruins of Ambrai When I learned the planet was colonized during what is referred to as the Second Great Migration by thousands of mainly Catholic settlers following a 7 year intergalatic voyage things immediately went downhill Since Rawn doesn't elaborate on any detail that could have explained the shift from a patriarchal to a decidedly hardcore matriarchal society all of a sudden one of the underpining elements of the series' backdrop lost most of its credibility and didn't make any sense any Unfortunately The Mageborn Traitor doesn't shine some light on this Moreover the gender role reversal occasionally gets even ludicrous Female readers have often condemned male authors with good reason for writing female protagonists that were little than men with tits For all that they were written by a woman most female characters other than the three sisters definitely are like that Even worse most of the male characters are chicks with dicks so to speak I mean no matter how emasculated they can be to have male characters become absurdly frivolous fops who care about the colors of wallpapers and fabrics trendy clothing style yada yada yada while women are the only practical ones often felt ridiculous Until Rawn explains just how Catholic settlers grew into a matriarchal society in which men have basically no rights the entire backdrop of the Exiles trilogy will continue to make little senseAs was the case with its predecessor the political intrigue at the heart of The Mageborn Traitor is a bucket that doesn't always hold much water The Council and the Assembly are ineffectual and at times dumb and naïve in a manner that defies comprehension The politicking involved is often uite gauche in its execution The great plan orchestrated by the Malerissi is too drawn out and takes too much time to come to fruition Hence what was meant to be one of the novel's most pivotal moments ends up being than a little lackluster The same can be said of the repercussions caused by Sarra's legal reforms And the trialCharacterization is usually a facet in which Melanie Rawn excels at And though there were a few in The Ruins of Ambrai for the most part the protagonists were not as engaging and interesting as I expected Things go downhill in this second volume which I didn't see coming It's mostly due to the fact that both Sarra and Cailet both of whom are supposed to be intelligent women act absolutely stupid for plot purposes Sarra who supposedly has a knack for politics shows incredibly poor judgement and no political or social savvy Cailet now Captal is aware that a powerful Mageborn has been sent to murder her and destroy the Mage Guardians that it is one of two potential suspects and yet she does nothing to unmask him Their combined stupidity leads to the destruction of all they hold dear and the death of countless loved ones Given how smart they're supposed to be this should never have happened Trusting in old wards is no excuse for showing such poor judgement Sarra and her sister Glenin continue to be two sides of the same coin The former is over the top good in that she wants to end poverty ineualities etc Glenin on the other hand due to her upbringing is the polar opposite and is over the top evil and vicious In the end their being too much one way or the other makes it impossible to relate to either sister The twins approaching young adulthood act like they're ten year olds and are nearly as annoying as their mother The supporting cast is made up of a revolving door of forgettable characters that often bring little or nothing to the tale All in all I've never read anything that featured such a weak cast of protagonists by Melanie Rawn All the main characters are insufferable and the incessant bantering between them often makes the book sound like a Friends episodeIn terms of rhythm The Mageborn Traitor is an interminable slog The last hundred pages or so see the pace pick up as we move toward the endgame But it's a case of too little too late Once all the info dumps the poor political intrigue the inexplicable stupidity of the main protagonists and the occasional clumsy execution prevented this book from achieving its full potential In The Ruins of Ambrai Rawn closed the show with style and aplomb with an ending that promised a lot of good things to come It's just that you had to go through a lot of extraneous material to get to the good stuff The problem with this seuel is that you have to go through the same crap for hundreds of pages only to find out that the ending is somewhat uninspired and not at all satisfyingNow that all of the groundwork had been laid out I was hoping that Melanie Rawn would return to form and that The Mageborn Traitor would be everything it could be In my review I opined that The Ruins of Ambrai was Rawn's weakest work to date That was true then Sadly The Mageborn Traitor is no improvement and turned out to be the author's worst novel thus farA major disappointmentFor reviews check out wwwfantasyhotlistblogspotcom

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The Mageborn TraitorAnd Sarra’s legal reforms offer the hope of greater prosperity and euality for all people Glenin prepares to strike at the very heart of both her sisters’ power All it will take is the betrayal of Ambrai’s most closely guided family secret and the right traitor planted in the heart of Cailen’s haven A traitor trained to be the nemesis of all Mage Guardians; Glenin’s perfect tool of destruction and most loyal follower her own s I enjoyed the book but was disappointed by some of the plot twists Makes me wonder if those plot twists are the reason she can't get the last book written 12 years and counting between books is a bit ridiculous