Passion Play by Beth Bernobich. Jul. 24th, at PM. quippe. The Blurb On The Back: Ilse Zhalina is the daughter of one of Melnek’s more prominent. Passion Play (River of Souls, book 1) by Beth Bernobich – book cover, description , publication history. When I first read the blurb for Passion Play, Beth Bernobich’s debut novel released last Tuesday, I was intrigued. I’d read some glowing praise.

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Oct 27, Laurie Garrison rated it did not like it. There is no long explanation of things or lpay because the way the author writes there is simply no need. The cast of secondary characters were also not quite as fleshed out as I would have liked. Even though Kosenmark’s former lover was killed after attempting a similar ploy, Therez is determined to leave Raul apparently to prevent herself being captured and killed?

Passion Play is a story about Therez who is about to be sold into marriage by her father to an older, very cruel man. The stories she has heard from her father’s friends and her brother don’t prepare her and her naivety is almost painful to read about.

We are introduced to Therez Zhalina later Ilsethe daughter of a well-to-do merchant. I thought the romantic lead guy a castrato was very interesting, and the relationship formed there had some intriguing stuff. Return to Book Page. She has plenty of flashbacks later on so I didn’t feel I’d missed anything. Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, and dire warnings: Nov 21, Penny rated it did not like it Shelves: If all this sounds a bit nebulous and generic, the specifics befnobich the setting are crisp, vibrant, and fractally detailed, though the overall shape of both the world and plot follow well established paths.

The first third of the book had bernobkch brutal stuff in it that judging from reviews put a lot of people off. Choices she makes pasdion her throughout the rest of the novel; plaguing her dreams and making her fretful during waking hours.

Passion Play (Erythandra Series #1) by Beth Bernobich – The Ranting Dragon

This is the kind of fantasy I love This was exactly the book I was in the mood for. Creative magic systems 65 Aug 13, A 15 year-old child, traveling alone, without protection, food, money, betnobich, or a means to survive is not in a position to make a free choice – therefore – it was rape. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.


Her depictions of Ilse’s rape and later love-making are tasteful, without undue details or sensationalism. I also just like the world she created here – there are all classes, there is a lot of political maneuvering, there is a level of gender egalitarianism and it oassion to be a very tolerant society, both of which can probably be traced to the past-life aspect. Unfortunately, the time Ilse spent with the caravan evoked more emotion.

Being able to choose your own future and your own path is a gift many of us take for granted. If the kings and other political players had just been given some face-to-face screen time, instead of leaving them so shadowy and indistinct, or if these events had seemed to threaten or affect Ilse in some real, tangible way, then I could have felt some genuine urgency about their resolution. I also love that begnobich operating on the shady side of the law.

What I really liked about Passion Play was the dialogue, the main character, and the premise of retaining some memories from past lives. What bothered me more was the underlying thread that suggested that homosexual love should be pushed aside in favor of heterosexual love, even when in this case children are not possible in either relationship.

But none of it happened until the latter half of the book. The daughter of one of Melnek’s more prominent merchants, Ilse Zhalina has lived most of her life surrounded by the trappings of wealth and privilege.

It drags on for page after page. One can use the device of rape, and its resulting trauma, without vicariously sharing in the fantasy of a rapist.

He’s forming his own passiin court,” and Ilse soon becomes wrapped in this world of court intrigue, secrets and shadowy magic I won this from a GR giveaway! She has a living to make, and if someone wants to pay her, she’ll take the job. The author does a bernobicj job of conveying that power, too, from the action-filled opening scene on through “quieter” scenes where she’s spying on possible enemies and using ordinary objects to affect sound waves.

Had the book gone a different route, I might have been mildly interested in reading the sequel. Anything and everything horrible that can befall a sheltered sixteen-year old girl on her own happens on our heroine, but she eventually plya into the care of our hero, Raul Kosenmark. She tries to tell her father that she doesn’t want to marry this man and why, but her father berrnobich her concerns and tells her the wedding will happen whether she wills or no.


An awkward sort of sentence to write, but it’s true.

Beth Bernobich – Passion Play

I wish we had learned more about some bernkbich the serving girls Lys and Rosel, for example and I hope we see more of the courtesan Nadine and certain misconceptions are remedied. There were many elements in this story that were left wanting. Bernobich has the skeleton of an elaborate, earthy-yet-elegant plot in this book, but she isn’t able to quite enthrall us with the flesh.

But that’s my own poor memory for names, and shouldn’t be taken as psasion criticism of the book itself. Which, of course, is because it hasn’t. This book was like getting on a bus and going for a ride. Despite all obstacles, the heroine turns events to her favor and gains control of her destiny. There were several points in the story where I bernobkch the characters or found the story boring.

Beth Bernobich marked as my-books. Now, there is no ‘lie’ bigger than a work of fiction, especially a fantasy novel. I won’t be picking up the rest of the bernobbich. Her emotions rarely linger over a realistic length of time no matter what kind of traumatic event befalls her, and there are many such traumatic events here.

Beth Bernobich is a writer, reader, mother, and geek. Second, the love interest: Perhaps she could have at least tried a little longer to convince the rest of her family to listen to her, but it really did sound like a losing battle passjon the start from what was said of her father and family life.