Ilse Zhalina is the daughter of one of Melnek’s more prominent merchants. She has lived most of her life surrounded by the trappings of wealth and privilege. Many would consider hers a happy lot. But there are dark secrets, especially in the best of families. Ilse has learned that for a young... show more
Ilse Zhalina is the daughter of one of Melnek’s more prominent merchants. She has lived most of her life surrounded by the trappings of wealth and privilege. Many would consider hers a happy lot. But there are dark secrets, especially in the best of families. Ilse has learned that for a young woman of her beauty and social station, to be passive and silent is the best way to survive. When Ilse finally meets the older man she is to marry, she realizes he is far crueler and more deadly than her father could ever be. Ilse chooses to run. This choice will change her life forever. And it will lead her to Raul Kosenmark, master of one of the land’s most notorious pleasure houses…and who is, as Ilse discovers, a puppetmaster of a different sort altogether. Ilse discovers a world where every pleasure has a price and there are levels of magic and intrigue she once thought unimaginable. She also finds the other half of her heart.Passion Play is Beth Bernobich's first novel.
Publish date: 24-04-2012
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Pages no: 512
Edition language: English
I was confused a lot of the time. I tend to assume it's me, not the book. Regardless, I prefer more action, that's just my taste. It was OK.
I may or may not review this more fully later, but I feel the need for a trigger warning: THIS BOOK CONTAINS RAPE. Lots and lots of repeated rape. If you find rape at all triggering, don't even think about touching this book. I go back and forth on whether I think the rape was handled okay--I've see...
I had a lot of trouble staying interested in this one, and mostly skimmed to the end. It started off strong, with a lot happening. Very traumatic things happen to the heroine in the beginning. A warning: she is basically forced to become a whore for a caravan and its not all fade to black. Other th...
I wanted to enjoy this book more. I ultimately found it an entirely unsatisfactory object, neither fish nor fowl, like a fishstick dipped in BBQ sauce.It started out promising on both fronts. I liked the worldbuilding well enough, especially the mythological story of Lir and Toc. As a romance, it...
When I first spotted this book back in October 2010, it caught my interest with its gorgeous cover. Then I found out that it was recommended for fans of Jacqueline Carey (who I absolutely love) --- I knew then that I had to read "Passion Play" by Beth Bernobich."Passion Play" is the story of Ilse Zh...
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