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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It opens with a somewhat confusing mass of exposition about the political situation between three kingdoms.
I will attempt to summarize. The three kingdoms are Aronsdale, Harsdown, and the Misted Cliffs. Varquelle Escar was once the king of Harsdown.
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His wife, Dancer, was the daughter and only child of the king of the Misted Cliffs. Eighteen years ago, Varquelle made war on Aronsdale, and lost. The king of Aronsdale exiled Varquelle xatherine made his cousin, Muller Dawnfield, the new king. Muller Dawnfield has a daughter, Melody Dawnfield.
Cobalt and Melody are the hero and heroine of this book. Cobalt attacks the fortress where Varquelle is being kept, freeing him from captivity. He and Varquelle plan to attack Harsdown cathetine reclaim its throne, with the help of the Misted Cliffs army. But the war would be long and bloody, and the outcome is uncertain. Cobalt proposes, instead, to marry Melody, princess of Harsdown. Melody has always tbe in peace and happiness in her loving family. Cobalt, on the other hand, is tormented both by the loss clifs his father to exile and by the abuse of his brutal grandfather.
Cobalt is a huge, terrifying warrior, subject to violent rages, and Mel is horrified at the prospect of marrying him. She agrees in order to save her kingdom from war, and with him she travels to a beautiful but lonely and forbidding fortress in the Misted Cliffs.
She gradually comes to understand and to love her caterine, menacing husband. But he is bent upon a career of warfare, and nothing she says can change his mind. I was especially intrigued by the way magic is used in battle. I would have liked to learn more about the history of this complex world.
However, as I sit and write this review, more and more negative things come to mind. The biggest problem is Cobalt. He longs for the approval of cliffa father.
Almost everything he does, almost every thought he thinks, is motivated by his feelings for his father and grandfather. Which would be fine, if he were 16 years old.
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I could accept it if he were Everyone is profoundly affected by the experiences of their childhood, good and bad — but by the time a man reaches the age of 33, he should cliff gained a bit of perspective. He should have come to some kind of peace with himself. Cobalt leads armies to war and conquers two countries, resulting in the needless deaths of numberless soldiers, for no reason whatsoever except to win the good opinion of his father and grandfather.
The author attempts to soften him with teensy flashes of humor, and he is tender and gentle with Mel. Mostly, though, thee wants us to forgive him because tge his painful cliff. Mel is better — too much better. She is, in fact, perfect in every way. She is insightful, brave, loving, and true. I found her unbelievable. The book has a somewhat shallow feel. The foreshadowing is painfully obvious. The good people are generally Good with a capital G, and the bad ones are Evil. Aside from Cobalt, ghe one other character who seems most complicated — Varquelle — is not someone we ever really get to know.
Sometimes the behavior of the catnerine seems calculated to create drama, rather than springing naturally from their backgrounds. But why at age 33! In fact, a lot of things about this book felt calculated to me. The emotional climax, when Cobalt realizes how much Mel means to him, is so inflated with melodrama that I felt a bit manipulated. Catherine Asaro is a talented and highly respected author. I read one of her Science Fiction books, Primary Inversionwhich I enjoyed for its complexity and surprising plot.
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