1 review for The Misted Cliffs by Catherine Asaro. Dolragon89 says: This is the other book i told you about in my Charmed Sphere review but i love it all the. One generation after war had nearly destroyed three nations, evil was returning. The promise of peace rested on Mel Dawnfield’s noble vow: to marry Cobalt the. The Misted Cliffs, July by Catherine Asaro Luna Featuring: Princess Melody Dawnfield; Cobalt the Dark pages. ISBN:
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Msted helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. One generation after war had nearly destroyed three nations, evil was returning. For her enemies were gathering strength and they would soon unleash the darkest of evils in the name of war.
Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask catheriine readers questions about The Misted Cliffsplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Oct 15, Kerry rated it really liked it Shelves: The Misted Cliffs started off slow and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it.
Especially sinced it started out with the resuce of the villain from the previous book in the series, by the man who the back blurb claimed would be the hero of this one. It also took a number of chapters for the main protagonists to ever meet each other.
However, once things got going, the book began to take off.
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Again, at first I was unsure as the hero and heroine seemed to be caught in a romance novel about the da The Misted Cliffs started off slow and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like asado.
Again, at first I was unsure as the hero and heroine seemed kisted be caught in a romance novel about the dark tortured hero and the heroine who would bring ,isted to life again. It was well written and enjoyable but something was missing. Once all the pieces were set in place though, the plot didn’t just speed up, it took off.
One of the things I like about Catherine Asaro’s book is the way she can introduce characters who appear to miisted black and white unpleasant at the least and evil at the most, and then reveal more and more about them until we begin to understand them and maybe even like them. She does this with Varqelle Escar. He is Cobalt’s father and the villain of The Charmed Sphere and while he is never a truly nice or likeable character, by the end of the book he is much more understandable – as is the fact that Cobalt is so desperate for his love and approval, which dliffs a puzzle earlier in the story.
As for Cobalt himself, he is a tortured character, badly treated as a child and broken inside because of it. Mel doesn’t miraculous heal him by her very presence; and I was delighted by this as it is much too easy an answer used often in straight romance novels. She sets that healing in catheeine, but it still has a long was to go.
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Cobalt is still walking a fine line between light and dark at musted end of the novel and while he’s shifted that edge, it hasn’t vanished. It is part of his character and he will always be dark and driven to some degree; he has better balance now xsaro Mel there to remind and guide him when necessary, thhe there hasn’t been a magical and unrealistic reforming of his essential character. This is a fantasy novel and it includes an invading army and a stand against them, complete with cavalry, swords and a mage.
But our characters are at the head of the invading force, not the defending one. They don’t have some magically or divinely given right of conquest, nor is there a logical or funadmentally righteous reason for the invasion. The characters are doing what people do, following ambition and desire and Cobalt’s reasons for this aggression is again understandable if far from perfect.
What did a son with the skill and drive of a conqueror do in peace time when they didn’t have catherien sports where he could overwhelm his fellow men? Yet, despite thinking of himself only as a warrior, Cobalt proves to have a real talent for making up dipomatic solutions to potentially violent problems on the spot.
Yes, he’ll need Mel to temper his darker side, but she isn’t the cause of his brighter actions, only a catalyst to tge him make better choices.
As for Mel herself, I have less to say about her. She is a well developed young woman at the beginning of the novel and remains so throughout it. She doesn’t need to find herself; she’s already done that through a safe, happy and secure childhood. She just needs to learn to apply who she is to the new situations she finds herself in the book.
If everything had stayed peaceful and she’s married her cousin as planned, she would still have had a happy and fulfilled life, although it wouldn’t have been nearly as dramatic and adventurous.
She is a well developed character and I’m eager to read more about her, there’s just less to miisted about her in a review like this. I tossed up between an 8 and a 9 for a rating for this book.
In the end I decided to clidfs with the nine as I was left with a really good feeling at the end of the book. I think Asaro’s SF is more edgy and better than her fantasy, but her fantasties are also good, enjoyable reads in well developed world.
I am already looking forward to the next book especially since I saw Stephanie Law’s amazing cover art. May 06, Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing Shelves: Deposed kings, sword and sorcery, magic and spells, kings and queens, dark-hearted rulers and self-sacrificing princesses, all combine to make this story one of the best. For Princess Melody Dawnfield, being catherins daughter of the current king of Harsdown means more than looking pretty and watching men vie for her hand in marriage.
Trained as a mage and excellent swordsmen, Mel is her parents’ pride and joy. She also feels so deeply for her town, and the adjoining towns of Aronsdale and Misted Cliffs, that she agrees to marry a man feared far and wide to save her people from the threat of war.
Cobalt the Dark is a man at war within himself. His half-crazy mother and terror-inducing grandfather raised him, and hold much of the blame for his dark heart.
When Cobalt learns that his father, Varquelle, isn’t dead as he once thought, but imprisoned, he risks his own life to rescue the deposed king. Now that the former king is free, however, war looms on the horizon. Although tortured at heart and feeling that war is the only answer, Cobalt agrees to marry Princess Melody in the hopes that the war, although undoubtedly inevitable, can at least be put off. While much tue the kingdom feels that Cobalt is evil, Mel learns that he’s only troubled by his own inner demons and the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that stand before him.
Melody, cliffx well, is not what her husband expected. Not only is she powerful in her own right, but her love and warm heart begin to thaw something within him that he thought was long dead vliffs buried. Asaro at her writing best. A tried and true formula of a haunted hero and a warm-hearted heroine, combined with the magic of a kingdom you’ll want to visit again and again, make this book a true winner. I don’t yet know the title of the third book in the trilogy, but no doubt it will bring us even deeper into this world where love and magic are intertwined.
Feb 25, Diana rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. When Cobalt thf Dark frees his father Varquelle and threatens invasion to regain the throne, Melody agrees to wed him in order to save her country from war.
I much enjoyed the Charmed Sphere, so I was excited to read this book. Melody is a typical heroine, kind and able to charm her way into her husband’s good graces. What I found more interesting, however, was Cobalt. Abused and isolated by his grandfather, Cobalt has long-simmering issues of anger and ambition. He is determined to build an empire through conquest, to finally prove himself a worthy heir.
I found it very interesting how love did NOT conquer all; Melody still struggles to try to temper his ambition and is unable to convince him not to move against his targets. This is very unusual and made it a very interesting book. Things are left hanging, and continuing the series is a necessity. Nov 02, Elar rated it it was ok Shelves: It was a little bit better than first book, but still same patterns appear – arranged wedding, husband who is more emotional and better than at first sight.
Catherune things in this book where even more tortured soul who needs to fight between dark and light. Scratch that we had this pattern too in the first book as a grandson of old king and surprise, surprise our tortured soul in this book is in same position. I take this as a very light listening fantasy soap opera and progress to next level in m It was a little bit better than first book, but still same patterns appear – arranged wedding, husband who is more emotional and better than at first sight.
I take this as a vatherine light listening fantasy soap opera and progress to next level in my own personal purgatory.
Nov 19, Minni Mouse rated zsaro it mlsted ok Shelves: As a result, this story just became one big glob of been-there-done-that-better. Wilson does all these 2. Wilson does all these fantasy romance tropes Do yourself a favor and pick up that series instead. Aug 13, Jessi rated it really liked it. Much like The Charmed SphereI found it difficult to put this book down. I loved nisted how the beloved characters in the first book aged and raised families. I would have liked musted know more about Jarid and Iris though.
There were some definite differences between the two. The first thing I noticed was that the sex scenes were more graphic. It didn’t bother me too much, but I can see how this could get out of hand if the author gets even bolder in the next books. At least there was nothing writt Much like The Charmed SphereI found it difficult to put this book down. At least there was nothing written about a quivering love pudding, which, yes, was in a real published book.
To me, this is more a story about redemption. It had less of that good vs. But I do have to say that Stonebreaker and Varqelle were so much more fleshed out.
I could really see them as the instigators of a war this time around.