Robins’s debut fantasy chronicles the fascinating transformation of year-old Miranda from girlish street urchin to an attractive, audacious. Maledicte (Antyre, book 1) by Lane Robins – book cover, description, publication history. There’s not much I can say about Lane Robins, author of “Maledicte”. As far as I can tell, she doesn’t have a website or blog yet, and about all.

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The setting is dark but not morbid, the diction perfectly suited to the atmosphere – creates the atmosphere, I should say. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for this author in the future! So really, your teen bestie being kidnapped by his aristocratic father to be made into his heir really is the best case scenario that could happen to the pair of you, given that he will suddenly inherit a fortune instead of a stab in the back from crime gone wrong.

She takes shelter beneath the altar of Black-winged Ani, the goddess of vengeance responsible for the devastation around her, and e Miranda, a girl child of the goddess-devastated Relicts, is destined to be a whore, but she has the companionship of her street crew to fill her days.

Maledicte (Antyre, #1) by Lane Robins

Maledicte is decadent and beautiful- language and languorously dangerous characters distract readers from the maledkcte hovering just beneath the surface so that even as the crisis point of the book is reached, the reader is no more used to the bloodshed than when the book started.

Lecherous, crippled old Vornatti promises to teach Maledicte courtly skills and how to stalk Lame. Then, just as I’m thinking that this book is not as bad as it wants to be, suddenly Maledicte starts murdering people lae, a drive instilled by a hungry god. I don’t know how long it’s been since I laughed out loud for the sheer joy at just having been able laane experience something so mqledicte crafted, so mxledicte wrenching, so nail biting as Maledicte.

Dec 26, Robns rated it did not like it Shelves: In a world where men are the only ones who can possess power and the capability of revenge and murder, Miranda saw no chance for her revenge to be successful if she had to deal with the constant belittling of her sex, so she allowed that part of herself to die, or at least to slumber so deeply within herself that she was no more than a dream.


More seriously, the structure of the book seemed quite hard to follow for me. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

Really, s he was just an sulking angsty girl trying to be bad, and she didn’t seem so bad to me lae first. Maledicte is a stunning tale of vengence, irrational love, and betrayal. To ask other readers questions about Maledicteplease sign up. Now, years later, I pane across it when looking for a good gender-bender book. In order to do so, she dons the identity of Maledicte, an effeminate and scandalous courtier who’s turned heads in the Court from both males and females.

The ending is just as surprising as each twist and turn and wholly worth the effort it takes to make it through such darkness and dread. And then there’s Gilly. While the issue of gender -a woman masking herself as a man coming to think about herself as such and pronouns follow suit without losing her deeper femininity- is satisfyingly dealt with, those of love, trust, friendship and supernatural are far rlbins convincingly dealt with.

When the lord finds out Maledicte’s secret the stakes are even greater. So if you’re looking for scheming nobility, godly possession, bloodlaced romance and gender subversive moments, Maledicte is definitely maledkcte book for you. It is kind of your classic rage to riches story, but your young man is actually a girl pretending to be a man, and the young man’s true love is not exactly what he seems.

The style of writing and court intrigue reminded me of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart series; although the scope of this book is smaller it is a stand alone novel and the sex scenes are not explicit just very sweet and tasteful. Of the larger world, only the foreign kingdom of Itarus and the uncivilized Explorations are touched upon, and these just slightly, while even the gods — Baxit, Ani, Naga, Espit, Haith — have little mythos revealed about them despite their relevance to the story.

Dec 04, Tama Wise rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I thought the book was completely amazing. I just wasn’t convinced. The Best Books of Maledicte Antyre Book 1 Author s: View all 6 comments. All the maleicte had done was to take his bastard son off the streets and raise him to be a nobleman. Lane Robins was born in Miami, Florida, the daughter of two scientists, rbins grew up as the first human member of their menagerie.


I had a hard time believing that, too. There was a problem adding your email address. The premise is kept simple and straight-forward, allowing the themes to come through more strongly. Maledicte Lane Robins, Author. Like Victor Victoria and Twelfth Night but not ones where men dress like women. Maledicte deftly avoids that trap, and pulls every necessary wince and gasp out of the reader as a result.

Maledicte (Antyre, book 1) by Lane Robins

The problem was that I did not empathize that much with the characters. Then again, the people who seemed to love this book also loved the Kushiel series, and frankly, I hated that book I only read the first and only just managed to wade through it.

Once the pact is sealed there simply is no way to get out of it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jacobean-style fantasy—bloody, dense, bulging, improbable—set in a world poised on the brink of industrial revolution. It made his death feel empty. As her machinations strike at the heart of Antyre’s powerful noble houses, Miranda must battle not only her growing bloodlust but also Janus’s newly kindled and ruthless ambitions.


There’s very little about Gilly, for instance. Filled with treacherous intrigue, murderous intent, hope of new beginnings, and a vengeful goddess, Maledicte is riveting with an overwhelming sense of doom lurking within the shadows of Dark, seductive, surprising I find myself conflicted about Maledicte.

Small compensation is that Gilly, the third main character, is finely wrought, likeable and good natured and that all side characters are not bad at all. I never saw Janus as “the lover whose passion still haunts her dreams” since I never saw any dreams or passion until they were reunited.

And then funny thing happened, I came across someone online who shared all my tastes in books and loved this. I thought you would like to know! The book is shallow, although theauthor does describe Yuck.

Apr 12, Grace added it Recommends it for: Definitely reading the next one.

Several years pass before Maledicte gains enough knowledge to be able to pass as Quality. The entire Gothic feel of the novel was pretty fobins as well.