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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Maledicte is decadent and beautiful- language and languorously dangerous characters distract readers from the violence 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.

It took a chapter or two to become used to, being as lyrical as it is, but it makes this story powerful.

It definitely helped that while Maledicte was the major hero of the tale, there were other characters whose POVs remained vital to robind the story.

As her machinations strike at the heart of Antyre’s powerful noble houses, Miranda must battle not only her own growing bloodlust, but also her lover’s newly kindled and ruthless ambitions. 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.

However, the obstacles littering their gradually diverging paths are just darkly compelling enough to turn what might’ve otherwise become a simple revenge tragedy into something far more elegantly subversive. When I found Maledicte by Lane Robins, it almost lay unread in my pile of books out from the library right now.

Robins will write a sequel since there’re some questions were left unanswered. I’m definitely looking forward to the Maledicte sequel as well as her other series! Trivia About Maledicte Antyre Then, just as I’m thinking that this book is not as bad as it wants to be, suddenly Maledicte starts murdering people ruthlessly, a drive instilled by a hungry god. But even I had a great deal of difficulty following the strange plot, oddish characters and some disturbing moments.


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I saw this book years ago when working in a library and noted it as looking interesting. Books of the Week. Maledicte, the main character and her lover Janus nearly never come to life to me: To ask other readers questions about Maledicteplease sign up. And so I begin to pick my way maedicte it. A hollow victory, indeed. This complex protagonist becomes both a pawn and a maledict in a darkly original world of doubted gods and declining civilization.

Dec 28, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves: Finally, come on, a young woman becomes the avatar of a vengeance goddess named Black-Winged Ani and lives as a man in order to kill the earl who had her lover kidnapped. Miranda’s tragedy is just the opening that Black Winged Ani, goddess of love and vengeance, needs to reenter the world; thus, Maledicte is born. I didn’t think the book was terrible or there robims anything particularly lacking in the plot or writing. Interview with David Anthony Durham “Necroscope: Until her beloved Janus, who has the misfortune of being the bastard son of a nobleman short on heirs, is torn from her.

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.

Girl dresses up as a boy and sells her soul to the goddess of vengeance in order to win back her true love? Because of the constant mxledicte and the complexity of themes I would not recommend this book to teens.

Months later, Maledicte arrives at a Baron’s manor with no real plan other than to kill the man responsible for Janus’s abduction and get Janus back. It’s perfect for the same protagonist’s non-lethal interactions with the only person who offers a “normal” frame of reference. 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.

Again, I wasn’t convinced that this was realistic behavior.


Jun 19, Marilag rated it it was amazing Shelves: I tried to read the story. And refers to himself as a man. Maledicte is a book that skillfully juggles all three elements, while impressively managing to hit a few of my other maledite commonly prodded buttons.

Apr 29, Hirondelle rated it did not like it Recommends it for: After a brutal clash, Kritos seizes Janus leaving Miranda battered and seething. Not really a reason to murder him. Robins is a fantasist with a future.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. An excellent debut novel by Robins. But more the mechanics of things particularly any time something sexual is going on the description can be hard to follow. That being said, something about the novel still kept me robiins. Perforce, Miranda must become Maledicte, the male protege of the corrupt Baron Vornatti, in order to infiltrate the kingdom of Antyre’s court, where she ahem, “he” can kill Lord Last and be reunited with Janus.

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She did not battle these things alone though, for there was a boy with just as much anger and cunning at her side, the discarded bastard nephew of the king, Janus. Read this goddamned wonder of a book. Discover what to read next.

She did not battle these things maledifte though, for there was a boy with just as much anger and cunning at her side, the discarded bastard nephew of the k This is the best revenge story I have ever read in my life.

Every time I picked up a book that promised me adventure and romance, revenge, dark pacts with gods, twisted plots and honest to god true gender bending and all the time I only got pale shadows of what I asked for and then suddenly, unexpectedly, I found the real thing.