Mass Market Paperback ´ Le Don PDF µ

Le Don❮PDF / Epub❯ ☀ Le Don ✈ Author Fiona McIntosh – Varanus.us Encore adolescent, Wyl Thirsk doit assumer le r le pour lequel on le destinait depuis sa naissance commandant en chef des arm es de Morgravia Une responsabilit qui le conduit la cour du prince Celimus Encore adolescent, Wyl Thirsk doit assumer le r le pour lequel on le destinait depuis sa naissance commandant en chef des arm es de Morgravia Une responsabilit qui le conduit la cour du prince Celimus, un despote sadique L , un geste de bont envers une sorci re condamn e au b cher vaudra Wyl un don miraculeux, ainsi que la col re de son seigneur et ma tre Contraint de lui ob ir, Wyl est envoy au Nord o la guerre menace, pour une mission suicidaire la cour ennemie avec pour seule arme un myst rieux pouvoir dont il ne soup onne pas m me l existence Or, s il n embrasse pas le Dernier Souffle, il signera sa perte et celle du pays qu il a jur de d fendre.

Mass Market Paperback  ´ Le Don PDF µ
    Mass Market Paperback ´ Le Don PDF µ re de son seigneur et ma tre Contraint de lui ob ir, Wyl est envoy au Nord o la guerre menace, pour une mission suicidaire la cour ennemie avec pour seule arme un myst rieux pouvoir dont il ne soup onne pas m me l existence Or, s il n embrasse pas le Dernier Souffle, il signera sa perte et celle du pays qu il a jur de d fendre."/>
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 665 pages
  • Le Don
  • Fiona McIntosh
  • French
  • 03 October 2017
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    Mass Market Paperback ´ Le Don PDF µ re de son seigneur et ma tre Contraint de lui ob ir, Wyl est envoy au Nord o la guerre menace, pour une mission suicidaire la cour ennemie avec pour seule arme un myst rieux pouvoir dont il ne soup onne pas m me l existence Or, s il n embrasse pas le Dernier Souffle, il signera sa perte et celle du pays qu il a jur de d fendre."/>
  1. says:

    This book is so bad that I started rewriting it before I even finished it Which I have not yet And have no intention of doing unless I run of material in the rewrite.Have some reasons why I had to leave a public space while reading it because I thought I was going to scream throw up This books hits a level of misogyny that I wasn t aware was possible given the writer is a woman There is a moment of rape apologism rape apology that made me want to puke There is a systematic and state cond This book is so bad that I started rewriting it before I even finished it Which I have not yet And have no intention of doing unless I run of material in the rewrite.Have some reasons why I had to leave a public space while reading it because I thought I was going to scream throw up This books hits a level of misogyny that I wasn t aware was possible given the writer is a woman There is a moment of rape apologism rape apology that made me want to puke There is a systematic and state condoned destruction of the disabled The entire book is rah rah white men boys club forever to the point where I started marking down points at which it would beconvenient less annoying if the character just had sex and got it over with There are really bizarre race politics that I don t know what to do with And I m only up to chapter fourteen I will probably not go on Aside from the above offenses, the writing sucks, the main character is boring as hell, the plot is contrived, and too much time is spent describing how attractive the men are


  2. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Sooooo rant time Rant time.The prologue ticked me off when it tried to make me care for a dying dude Honestly, nobody needed to see the moment the King promises to like the hero it s Fantasy Either the king is a bastard, or he likes the hero It s a given Frankly though, if that was the only problem with this book, I d have taken it.The concept of Myrren s gift is interesting, and there s potential for really interesting things except instead we get 1 RacismCelimus mother was married a Sooooo rant time Rant time.The prologue ticked me off when it tried to make me care for a dying dude Honestly, nobody needed to see the moment the King promises to like the hero it s Fantasy Either the king is a bastard, or he likes the hero It s a given Frankly though, if that was the only problem with this book, I d have taken it.The concept of Myrren s gift is interesting, and there s potential for really interesting things except instead we get 1 RacismCelimus mother was married at twenty to a man twice as old as her who raped her twice the latter resulting in the birth of their son.Despite this, the fact that she hated her husband was attributed mainly to the place she came from considering she s the only black woman in her kingdom that we know of, at least this is enough of a tick tbh.The problem gets bigger when Celimus turns out to be Evil too, and all of it is attributed to a his mom, b his father not being around although king Magnus is still mostly blame less but I ll get back to this in a moment c his nature considering no white Morgravian character gets the same treatment, it s easy to guess which side Celimus got his nature from.Then of course, there s the part where Good White King Magnus probably had his wife assassinated or at least the characters who know him say he definitely could have done it but we re still supposed to sympathize with him becauseer he s the Old White King of a Fantasy book At no point does the narrative or any of the character acknowledge that maybe growing up universally hated and completely left behind by his father at least contributed to Celimus later tendency to humiliate people so they remember who s in charge.No, that s all because he s naturally cruel as the only alive POC in the book, I don t think I need to explain why the decision is super fucking shady, at best.2 Sexism 2a Fridging GaloreEveryone s mom is dead Every Single Character Lost their mom when they were young Wyl did, Celimus did, Valentyna did, and Fynch did Even the baby who s born about a quarter to the end loses his mom just as he s born.Also I feel like I should mention one of those mom is killed specifically so a romance between a barbarian man and a non barbarian woman can happen makes it particularly grating Plus, as the barbarian can conceivably be read as brown yeah Oneyeurk point Myrren herself is fridged for the sake of turning Special Snowflake Wyl into a SUPER Special Snowflake no, really She could have been the heroine, but no A Man had to do it I ll get back to Myrren in 2b, btw.At least one character is created solely for the sake of dying in the most gruesome way possible beyond Myrren, I mean and as for the assassin we meet toward the end, well we ll get back to her 2b Sexualized violence against womenSo, Myrren Myrren s introduction is short at best We learn she s been in hiding all her life, with nameless parents She has a dog But mostly, she s a witch, and she s pretty guess which of these traits is the most important You re right, it s the prettiness In fact, we get reminded that she s pretty a lot as she gets tortured for two and a half chapter or so, with plenty of details, including the fact that she s naked And pretty And naked Given how much Wyll thinks about that, I m pretty sure he gets an off screen boner Wyl gets his own point later on btw The other female character who gets tortured is a nameless prostitute, glamoured to appear like Elspyth the non barbarian woman in the romance I mentioned above while she s tortured to death Again, she s naked and, again, we re reminded she s really pretty as she dies Then the book reveals it wasn t Elspyth after all and we re all supposed to feel relieved and all right, because prostitutes dying just isn t that big a deal Sidenote One male character gets tortured in the book, too His sufferings, however, happen offscreen, and possibly with some form of clothing on 2c Some women are better than othersIt s already obvious in the way Ylena, the protag s sister, is introduced.She s pretty and kind and motherly, and she doesn t talk about clothes like all the other girls therefore, she s better Which in turn makes her worthy of becoming the best friend s Prize For Existing I mean, Love Interest at the young age of idk, 10 When said best friend is about 14 Smells a little like pedophilia to me tbh.Next comes Elspyth She doesn t talk about clothes, and she doesn t scream when there s blood around, but she s also mom like and wants nothing else in life tbh and also she s pretty not like Ylena because Ylena is blonde and I m fairly sure Elspyth is a brunette, but she s still pretty This makes her worthy of. uh being mentionned at all Oh, and falling in instalove with Lothryn the Mountain Man Barbarian, for no other reason than he didn t kill me yet or at least, no other reason I can discern.And finally, at the top of the Better Women pyramid Valentyna.Valentyna is the princess of Briavel, Wyl s love interest, and the bestest of women because she doesn t give a shit about clothes and dresses behaves like a man, all while remaining pretty and sweet and mom like Sidenote I don t think Hollywood Mainstream publishing Heteronormative culture realizes that this whole I can only love a woman if she s as close to a man as possible makes it sound a little gay 2f Women aren t allowed any agency.Myrren, of course, gets torture porn ed to death for the sake of Wyl s specialness, and that s about all she s allowed to think about.Elspyth gets kidnapped, then broken ou of prisont, then sent back home, and never gets to make any decision of her own and in fact, when she s told not to go back to her dying Aunt, she agrees pretty fast, imo.Valentyna, despite being described as a super badass princess who knows how to use a sword and rule a kingdom, is never allowed to touch a blade, and receives political advice from a six years old boy Tell the Hillary Clintons of the world all their diplomas are for nothing anyone with a penis, no matter how inexperienced they are, can do the job as well as them In fact, I suspect Valentyna knows this, since every single one of her decisions revolve around men.First she wants to please her father, then her counselors, then Romen Wyl, then Fych the 6yo then she s just making her decision according to Celimus and his moods Now, the last item is perfectly reasonnable and justified in context Put next to the other though, it becomes another line on the list of offensive authorial decisions 3 Super Special Snowlfake Protagonist 3a I m so ugly He says while everyone else swears up and down he s pretty.According to the book, Wyl s main flaw is to have red hair Sorry, red haired people Apparently, the author only likes you when it s time to hammer the fact that Wyl Valentyna are made for instalove home.For the rest, he s pretty much perfect Everyone loves him, he s hot, he s rich, he s practically besties with the king who, by the way, openly prefers him to Celimus, the actual prince and he s genetically good with a sword Either that, or the histories of his world willfully erased any male member of his family who wasn t good with a sword Sidenote This isn t how talent works and while we all sort of wish it was, I mostly want the fallacy to stop 3b I m so Good and Right all the time He says while I gag.Alright, I might be getting a littlepassive agressive here, but picture this we re supposed to love Wyl and agree with everything he does but 1 He jumps on the let s hate Celimus bandwagon disturbingly fast too fast, in fact, for me not to read it and think racism again.2 While watching Myrren gets torture porn ed to death, his main thought is that she s really pretty even with every articulation of her body dislocated Second comes I hope she doesn t think I m ugly because clearly, when you re tortured you still have time to think about how pretty the protag is Oh, and also he s jealous of Celimus because, when Myrren looks at Celimus, obviously she must be thinking he s so pretty Because, again, fuck thinking aboutanything that s not a dude.3 When he recounts his first time having sex, he feels obligated to mention it wasn t with a prostitute as if it made him better but with a village girl of some sort whom he still paid after taking her virginity So charming.4 He s supposedly hell bent on protecting Morgravia and later on, Briavel, Valentyna s kingdom but when the time comes to execute a plan to do just that, Wyl compromises it because he can t handle Celimus flirting with Valentyna No, really the plan is basically work him up then refuse to marry him and Romen Wyl gets upset when Celimus gets a little overheated which causes Romen Wyl to disturb the plan, and later almost kill Celimus despite knowing full well it could send both Briavel and Morgravia into complete chaos And still, his main regret is that now Valentyna is mad at him.4 Consequence and effort free magic.Alright, this is the bigest spoiler of this review it s hidden for a reason but Myrren s gift to Wyl is that view spoiler whenever someone kills him, Wyl s soul swaps with theirs at the last minute, so that he stays alive in their body Hence, when a dude named Romen tries to kill Wyl, Wyl ends up in Romen s taller, hotter body Hence Romen Wyl hide spoiler.In itself, it s a really interesting thing, and I could really dig that, if not fo the asides Basically, Wyl inherits Romen s memories and talents at the same time as his body, like knife throwing, or a couple of aditional XP points in fencing Later on, they supposedly start to fade, except when Wyl really needs help you know, like when he d be hollywood awkward but thanks to being Romen Wyl he can now be flirty and confident when trying to get in Valentyna s pants Heart Whichever It would have been extremely interesting to watch Wyl adapt to the gift and actually learn figure out things, but no everything just comes to him without his needing to break a sweat view spoiler Though to be fair, he does need to die hide spoiler Sidenote He s not the only one this happens to Fynch figures out his secret almost as soon as the reader is aware of it, without any hint whatsoever Possibly, the Dog gave him a vision That s about all I can think of about this book I m fairly sure I m forgetting things.Like how the female assassin couldn t possibly have posed as anything else than a prostitute.Or how Myrren caredabout her dog than about the people who raised her view spoiler or how it turns out, without any kind of surprise, that Elysius who gets the real daddy crap title is her father hide spoiler , or how I actually feel a lotinterested in Celimus than in Wyl Don t get me wrong, Celimus is a terrible, horrible person He makes enough rape jokes for us to remember he s supposed to ba a Bestial Black Man, thanks, but I d love to see a version of this book where his status as a victim of racism is actually taken into account.But TL,DR this book is misogynistic and racist a fuck, and I wouldn t touch the sequels if you paid me


  3. says:

    4.5 stars I realize that this book had some problems, but I honestly just had a ton of fun while reading it and it made me excited to pick it back up, which I haven t felt in quite some time I really enjoy the story and can t wait for my physical copy to arrive at my house.


  4. says:

    It started off with potential, but pretty much destroyed it later on The Gift was an interesting one, but rather ruined it for me in having access to memories and body languageit would create interesting conflict to have seen Wyl struggle through that.Good guys are good, bad guys are bad Anyone in between pretty much get killed off Good guy falls in love with Love Interest, bad guy wants Love Interest Cue pointless journey and dogs appearing out of nowhere to help whenever a fight doesn t It started off with potential, but pretty much destroyed it later on The Gift was an interesting one, but rather ruined it for me in having access to memories and body languageit would create interesting conflict to have seen Wyl struggle through that.Good guys are good, bad guys are bad Anyone in between pretty much get killed off Good guy falls in love with Love Interest, bad guy wants Love Interest Cue pointless journey and dogs appearing out of nowhere to help whenever a fight doesn t go the good guy s way.Now the above is all well and good, but for the fact that both sides figure complex plans to simple problems and never listen to warnings, ever It was honestly too frustrating to finish slogging through


  5. says:

    I don t know why so many bad reviews, I found this trilogy awesome, I couldn t stop reading it, I couldn t put it down till done such awesome twists , I loved it


  6. says:

    Myrren s Gift is a brilliant example of how treating the text as unreliable improves it beyond measure.This could be the story of Celimus, a boy born into a tragic fate he cannot hope to uphold His mother has been forced into an arranged marriage with a much older king to secure trading rights, not for love Refusing to bend her will, she raises her son to be brilliant, ruthless and stand up to his fathernot understanding that a boy born in a house of no love cannot lead his people Too late Myrren s Gift is a brilliant example of how treating the text as unreliable improves it beyond measure.This could be the story of Celimus, a boy born into a tragic fate he cannot hope to uphold His mother has been forced into an arranged marriage with a much older king to secure trading rights, not for love Refusing to bend her will, she raises her son to be brilliant, ruthless and stand up to his fathernot understanding that a boy born in a house of no love cannot lead his people Too late, his father has his mother assassinated But the boy is already old enough to hear whispers, and soon discovers he will never be able to trust his father.The two mens paths diverge Seeking to assert his flagging manhood, the King of Morgravia stokes the fire of war anew with the neighboring nation Obediently, General Thirsk and his son Wyl ride off to battle, only for the General to throw his life away Reaching out for the son he feels he never had, the King does not allow Wyl Thirsk to be sent off to a military academy Instead, the King keeps Wyl close by at court, and the bond between king and prince is forever sundered.Prince Celimus,for his part, clings to religion to give himself some direction Witches, with their inhuman abilities to resist pain and their terrible curses, could have been treated as very real threats to the security of Morgravia When Celimus agents find one, the witch curses Wyl with heterochromia andstuff To protect himself, and to give Wyl Thirsk the training he needs if he is to lead the Morgravian army, Celimus wisely sends his new general off to the mysterious northern borderah, but Fiona McIntosh is no Vladimir Nabokov Heck, she isn t even Danielle Steele The whole story is played tragically straight If you re the author s favorite, you are good, noble and pure if you re one of the author s targets, you are irredeemable.To motivate myself, I took a drink of scotch every time I found a proper name with the letter Y in it I got drunk around page 100 and gave the rest of the book up


  7. says:

    I am so disappointed in this book and its sequel and I m assuming will be equally disappointed w the third one, but hey, I spent the money on it, I m going to read it First off, a glowing recommendation by Robin Hobb, author of TWO of my favorite fantasy trilogies Farseer, Tawny Man What a damn lie Hobb is an amazing writer and I can t imagine she would honestly rave about this trite piece of barely adequate crap I should know better than ever go by rave author blurbs except Harlan Elli I am so disappointed in this book and its sequel and I m assuming will be equally disappointed w the third one, but hey, I spent the money on it, I m going to read it First off, a glowing recommendation by Robin Hobb, author of TWO of my favorite fantasy trilogies Farseer, Tawny Man What a damn lie Hobb is an amazing writer and I can t imagine she would honestly rave about this trite piece of barely adequate crap I should know better than ever go by rave author blurbs except Harlan Ellison I think Ellison would be outraged by the idea of puffing a book he didn t actually like Secondly, the transparently telegraphed set ups i.e., He left this meaningful bracelet tied to a branch in the middle of absolutely nowhere in hopes that XYZ character, who would know what it meant, would come along that EXACT PATH to the far back of beyond and see it and understand that he had been there and would follow him AND LO AND BEHOLD THAT S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS I know I am just as stunned as you are.And there s a fucking magical dog Which understands human speech and can communicate on a rudimentary level like barking once as confirmation And apparently can on occasion transport itself from point to point And may be able to transport humans in a similar fashion, although the details are still murky on that The dog s abilities are becomingnumerous as the story goes on It s fantasy Lassie, man And there there s a mass of piddly little kvetches, like using the word boon twice in one paragraph, and the second time it s not even really the right word WHERE WERE THE COPY EDITORS Gah TheI think about it theI think two stars is overly generous


  8. says:

    In some respects, Myrren s Gift is an average fantasy romp with everything you d expect in a fantasy novel court intrigue, battles, magic, a bit of romance etc etc At times it s just a little tedious because it feels like I ve read all of this stuff before Certain charters seem to lack depth, and perhaps also intelligence, and it is frustrating to watch said characters trying to solve problems when the answer is so, so obvious However, the book certainly isn t terrible There are well writte In some respects, Myrren s Gift is an average fantasy romp with everything you d expect in a fantasy novel court intrigue, battles, magic, a bit of romance etc etc At times it s just a little tedious because it feels like I ve read all of this stuff before Certain charters seem to lack depth, and perhaps also intelligence, and it is frustrating to watch said characters trying to solve problems when the answer is so, so obvious However, the book certainly isn t terrible There are well written scenes chapters scattered throughout, and ultimately this is what kept me from giving up I especially enjoyed reading of Wyl s time in the Mountain Kingdom Of course, the concept of the Gift itself is also an interesting and original one, and I look forward to seeing how this magic unravels in the next two books


  9. says:

    The concept behind this series is an interesting one Unfortunately, the execution is weak The three book plot relies on character stupidity to keep it going, and the prose reads like a Harlequin parody I kept reading mainly to see how bad it could get.


  10. says:

    Terrible, TERRIBLE series I was silly enough to buy all three books at once and so i read or skimmed when i just could not take it any the whole series 0 5 I d give it less if i could I recommend it to no one Ever.

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