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Allen Antuniet After A Teachers Guide to American Tapestry losing her brother to execution her mother to suicide and her childhood home to confiscation Antuniet Chazillen haseft 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 ostracization by society the never ending court intrigues and a very distracting and dangerous attraction to her benefactress the introverted anti social Antuniet must What Happens to Our Trash? learn to navigate the confusing politics of her time renew old friendships and build new ones fall inove for the first time and still have time The Pursuit of Mary Bennet left over for crafting the perfect jewel Phew Busy girl Whicheaves her Scandals and Secrets (Hearts Of Fire, love interest Jeanne with not much to do except bring herunch and dinner and occasionally help stir the cooking pot of the jewels Jeanne is everything Antuniet is not social butterfly Shooting for a Century lover of women event organizer par excellence and in those days possibly old enough to be Antuniet s mother In order to bring this highly unlikely pairing to fruition the book spends aot time developing the romance yey for I, Partridge lesficovers compared to the first book Just imagine all the issues they need to overcome workaholic vs party girl introvert vs social butterfly significant age gap multiple casual Shadow of the Templar lovers forbiddenove etc etc The relationship starts sputters picks up again gets derailed finally gains traction only to run smack against 18th century s Huge angst fest right there Behind the scenes intrigue continues to dog the royal court of Alpennia Rival princesses and their respective scions jostle for any advantage Foreign interests continue their meddling ways reaching out to both sides of the rivalry Rumors possible treason and assassination attempts abound and our adies including Margerit and Barbara from Book 1 find themselves caught in the crossfire There are occasional discussions of the esoteric details of alchemy as practiced by Antuniet just as there were of visions and saints in the first book that may cause non geeks to zone out but alert readers will appreciate the careful attention to detail eg precession shift over 200 years and distances from the euator of 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 of the iterary 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 ack of 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 off starting with Daughter of Mystery to get clued in which is no hardship as I ove that too This is a different beast though Jeanne and Antuniet are both very flawed characters based on their appearances in book 1 you could fairly say Jeanne was shallow manipulative and somewhat predatory while Antuniet is cold obsessive and proud And they still are brilliantly I do hate a redemption arc that goes oh hey they weren t that bad after all but this time we see inside them both to the raw hearts the wanting something better of themselves as well as the world the need for a Six Days in Leningrad love neither ever got It works terrifically Pretty much the entire romantic conflict is grounded in nothing than their difficult personalities andifelong emotional habits that need to be broken and as a result we get an intensely believable and hopeful romance This is a ong book and full scale fantasy not "A Romance Novel So The Love Story "romance novel so the ove story just one part of a pretty arge story which includes alchemy politics friendship groups and plotting against royalty Barbara and Margerit from book 1 both get a ton of page time as POV and there are various threads and characters eading onwards 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 of writing this book is These are priced uite high BUT at the time of writing this book 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 A Dark Sicilian Secret lot of intrigue among ultra rich noblesiving a Wolf Creek Homecoming (Wolf Creek life ofeisure but a Black Beech and Honeydew: An Autobiography lot of the plot involves alchemy where they actually work and make something with their own hands yes both the characters and the author reflects on this One of the reasons Iike this series is the believable not flashy but still effective magicThere are four main characters all women Two of them are an established couple whereas two others end up in a relationship during the course of the novel I was very glad to see a book with ueer characters in a At the Italians Command long termoving happy relationship The author also tackled some 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 Oh Baby! 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 Daughter of Mystery if not as thoroughly engaging as the first book It s not that the pairing hasess tension but since the focus is also kept on Barbara and Margerit and an additional mystery there s Her Rancher Hero (Saddlers Prairie, less momentum than in the first book However I didove the continuity of 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 of Alpennia The alchemy of precious gems throws two women into a crucible of adversity but it is the alchemy of the human heart that transforms them both in this breathtaking follow up to the widely acclaimed Daughter of Myste.
Heather Rose Jones ↠ 8 CharactersAnother delightful Alpennia novel Like Daughter of Mystery The Mystic Marriage is a wonderfully wholesome heart warming ove story Jones has a great talent for writing enchanting characters the sort that feel ike old friends by the end These books are really the antithesis of grimdark fantasy They have a fundamental certainty that good intentions hard work forgiveness compassion and a sense of 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 own handsMore than anything I ike the handling of Jeanne and Antuniet Both their characters and their relationship As I read the book I kept imagining a different meaner book How to Become a Virgin like a shadow behind this one A shadow made up of many of the other 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 out fiction And invariably she is a secondary character There to be mean to the heroine or to suffer a terrible fall as a moralesson to the rest of the cast But here she was allowed to be a whole person a practised flirt who is perfectly capable of fidelity when her heart is won a woman whose modishness in no way precludes serious thought or deep emotionAntuniet is brittle defensive driven and humourless In a hundred other books she is the maiden aunt or spinster governess a figure of mockery or 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 on the edge of social disaster for their scandalous ways there is no melodramatic hysteria or mournful regret for their sins Instead a brave and sober assessment of what they Dangerous Disguise (Cavanaugh Justice, lose and what they gain by being true to themselvesSo the characters were wonderful but the plot and pacing were sorelyacking Daughter of Mystery was slow but The Mystic Marriage is stationary The faults in both books are the same strong openings and endings bookend an otherwise utterly turgid plot And it s disappointing to see the problem getting worse rather than better in the series It s crying out for a good editor All the necessary components of a great book are here and with some harsh pruning and reshuffling of some of 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 The Bosss Baby Surprise lesbian romance Then you should read Heather Rose Jone s Alpennia series which starts with Daughter of 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 of Mystery first as both The Mystic Marriage and this review will contain spoilers for the first bookAfter the events of Daughter of Mystery Antuniet Chazillenost everything when her brother s treachery was exposed Determined to restore her family s honor even if there s nothing of her family eft she turns to alchemy with the help of a ong hidden book of alchemical secrets But she s not alone in desiring the "book and her enemies have hounded her across Europe for it Running out of options "and her enemies have hounded her across Europe for it Running out of options returns to Alpennia Disgraced and out of friends she turns to Jeanne Vicomtesse de Cherdillac a bored socialite who s momentarily between Command Performance 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 feelike I have so Loveknot (Welcome to Tyler, little to say about it That s partly my own fault I waited over 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 youike the first one you The Perfect Blend ll probablyike this one too Which is exactly the camp The Mystic Marriage falls into If you found yourself charmed by Daughter of Mystery then you should obviously read The Mystic MarriageSo what s different about this book It does add two new POV characters of course Antuniet and Jeanne I ike how Antuniet is so dedicated to her alchemy that everything else sort of falls into shadow and how Jeanne realizes that she l need to share Antuniet with her obsession for alchemy I also haven t seen Jeanne s character type a middle aged female socialite as a Wanted (Sealed with a Kiss love interest or romanticead 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 Entirelybe told entirely Antuniet and Jeanne s perspectives I wonder if this format will hold with the next book giving us six POVs total I think four worked okay here but any would risk overburdening the narrativeI enjoyed how The Mystic Marriage expanded upon the magical elements with the addition of alchemy I Rayuan Sang Bos [Seduced By the Boss] love how magic in this series is so scientific It s a beautiful piece of world buildingThe Mystic Marriage is also proof towards what I m beginning to suspect Iike romance a Bachelor to the Rescue (Home to Dover, lot better when it is ff andow on sex This might be obvious but I ve spent most of my Secrets At Maple Syrup Farm life thinking I hated romance I m still not a huge romance person but Iove the Alpennia books and they re essentially romances Fantasy romances but still romances I guess this is Whispers Of The Heart less a commentary on The Mystic Marriage and commentary on what insight this series has been giving me 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 protagonist of the third book and there were some Jewish characters too In terms of ueer identities I d call this bookesbian and not LGBT I m pretty sure the only orientations you see are straight or The Dukes Gamble 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 only see her interested in women This isn t a criticism of the series I just want to note. Antuniet Chazillenost everything the night her brother was executed In exile she swore that treason would not be the final chapter of the Chazillen Unmasking the Marquess (Hold Your Breath, legacy in Alpennia’s history Aong hidden book of alchemical secrets provides the first hope of success but her return to the capital is haunted by an enemy who It since this series gets Let Go labeled LGBT and peopleooking for a wide variety of ueer identities would Chatsfields Ultimate Acquisition likely be disappointedAll in all 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 sives 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 on In Daughter of Mystery they are the two characters it s hardest to get a handle on 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 fligh Woah What a ride this was I m giddy and almost breathless with excitement after finishing The Mystic Marriage It was even better than Daughter of 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 of an armin entail who the players at court are who most of the characters are without reading the same paragraph twice This series is not a Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward (Hh light read but if you stick with it and immerse yourself completely it is so damn rewardingIn this second part of the Alpennia series we have two pov s added to the ones of Barbara and Margerit namely those of Antuniet Chazillen and Jeanne Vicomtesse de Cherdillac I thought it made for a interesting dynamic and I reallyoved getting into the heads of these two as well Antuniet made an impression on me in book one this proud woman who Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward lost everything including her good name and standing following her brother s betrayal We come to know her story now and oh boy is it a hard 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 this oneThis story has so much it is such an intense read full of intrigue mysteries alchemy passionoyalty ove pride and perseverance Of smart exceptional women who would go to the ends of the earth for each other Alpennia and its politics begin to feel ike a second home now I am How to Disappear looking forward to go to book three but I need a bit of time to digest all of this Have someighter snacks after this rich banuetffThemes be prepaired to remember a Act Like You Know lot of names Iove Jeanne so much she is my absolute favorite well all 4 of the A Guide to Americas Sex Laws ladies are but she is special who knew alchemy was so interesting my heart bled for Antuniet so proud so strong I wanted for her to find happiness than anything theack of explicit Agewise love scenes did not bother me they were not needed or missed5 stars but that don t seem uite enough to be honest Iiked this better than book 1 it moves at a faster pace and the characters are well developed I ove how Antuniet grows in character throughout the book I started the book not iking 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 The storyline Has Intrigue And Mystery intrigue and mystery book 1 and the romance though not explicit plays a role without distracting from the plot The only 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 of truth mystery in action just A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World 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 this one is actually better than Daughter of Mystery or ateast I enjoyed it a Anthropology as Cultural Critique lot It was alsoonger than Daughter of Mystery by about 30k words according to Kobo and took me MUCH Anyone longer to read I bought a copy a few months ago and started reading it roughly a month ago and am only done now To be fair though I was reading it in small chunks It s been my backpack book to read in between timesAnywaysI reallyike Jeanne I ike her flair for social arrangements and her philandering ways I ike Antuniet also bc she s very solid and focused on business and only slowly grows attached to people but once 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 on every book it Boggs ll be overwhelming but for now it s good My favorite plotlines were near always her going on errand after errand for the royal family in its fractured branches or her deciding to take a stand against judicial duelling or her investigating a matter for Antuniet or someone else in herittle group Which btw in this book I ve come to the conclusion this isn t a romance series or 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 of the male characters who don t get a Battleground Chicago lot ofimelight Albert Camus lols also I m very sorry guys but if one of our 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 aot 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 iked to see and other 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 "gonna be a big deal in the book but in this book she does basically nothing I could have waited for the next book to introduce herOverall very good I l read the next book when I ve caught my breath a bit and obtained a copy The second book in the Alpennia series focuses on the recently Ants those secrets for himselfJeanne Vicomtesse de Cherdillac is bored The Rotenek season is flat her Bill Veecks Crosstown Classic latestover has grown tediously jealous and her usual crowd of friends fails to amuse When Antuniet turns up on her doorstep seeking patronage for her alchemy experiments what begins as amusement turns to interes.