Waiting on Wednesday = Passion Play by: Beth Bernobich

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted atBreaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

First off the cover was interesting before I even started to read the buzz about this.  Had this been a month ago I would have shrugged it off and not bothered with it.  I had an aversion for Jacqueline Carey and if this woman is being put in the same vein as I would avoid her too.  Except that I am now reading Jacqueline Carey and she knows her stuff.

Passion Play by: Beth Bernobich

Description via TOR catalog, image via Goodreads:

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 way to survive.

When Ilse finally meets the older man she is to marry, she realizes that 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.

Lush fantasy. Wild magic. Intrigue, seduction, and treachery, with a kingdom at stake. Passion Play is the journey of a woman who must master her passions in order to win all that she desires. Passion Play is sure to appeal to fans of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Legacy series.

Most definitely am looking forward to this one, now that I loves me some Jaqueline Carey. I am interested to see if she lives up to the hype, or if she carves out her own niche.  I am going for niche myself, rather than shadow walker.


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