Passion Play by Beth Bernobich. Jul. 24th, at PM. quippe. The Blurb On The Back: Ilse Zhalina is the daughter of one of Melnek’s more prominent. Passion Play (River of Souls, book 1) by Beth Bernobich – book cover, description , publication history. When I first read the blurb for Passion Play, Beth Bernobich’s debut novel released last Tuesday, I was intrigued. I’d read some glowing praise.

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You can’t just say, “I loved it” or “I hated it” without giving the reader and to some extent the author some reason. Then his courtship of Ilse passikn rushed and left me unconvinced.

Want to Read saving… Error rating book. If you enjoyed When the Sea is Rising Red, then go read this book.

It is the journey of a woman who must conquer her passions in order to win all that she desires. So many people praised it that I assume she will eventually give out comeuppance, but I can’t possibly make it to that page, wherever the hell it is. I thought that was incredibly accurate. Non-librarians are welcome to join the group as well, to comment or request changes to book records.

Instead she works in the kitchen and eventually moves on to other jobs not involving sex. As the story unfolds, the reader is introduced in passing to hints and references to a sweeping scope of history and politics, both internal and external: I will definitely be buying the rest of this series And now for the slightly weird part of my not-a-review. The Time Roads 3. Plus, bernibich are the odds that it’s really all that bad? To find a path in life that she can be happy with.

Passion Play

There were several points in the story where I disliked the characters or found the story boring. View all 3 comments. So good were these first pages that I had to force myself to put the book down. An imposing restrictive household, a society that doesn’t leave young women many choices and a restlessness to leave and do something more. I really love this concept and hope to see it explored further in the next books. Horrible things happen, and they matter a great deal, but they do not define the protagonist.


For the most part, her prose is lively and free of cliches, though she frequently exhibits a first novelist’s tendency towards verbosity: The problem here is that the author throws exotic made-up names and such all over the place, but I never get the feel of the setting other than it’s vaguely historical, so to speak. She escapes and ends up at a pleasure house owned by Raul Kosenmark, a duke. Open Preview See a Problem? In fact, when she finally does catch a break it is hard not to believe that the other shoe still hasn’t dropped.

As it was a video from a highly respected reviewer, I didn’t have the opportunity to ask what I was supposed to do in this situation.

The real magic in the tale is in the layer upon layer of intrigue and detail, it slowly unfolds before a reader, drawing them deeper and deeper within the realm of the story. The chance of developing her magical skills and the tantalizing promise of the hunt for a bernogich item that might be able to force all sides to step back from war.

Beth Bernobich (Author of Passion Play)

Her fears are compounded when she intuits a deep-rooted anger from his mere touch. You are led to believe Nadine is a lesbian. Ilse chooses to run from this life. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

This is a well-written and mature work, despite my personal distaste for the one aforementioned plot element, and the further books in the series are lined up in bernoibch to-read queue, though not perhaps at the top of the list currently.

Despite some problems, Passion Play was a thoroughly engrossing read. The Leaning Pile of Books https: Kosenmark, and his household, is a unique place. It’s just common sense. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. It felt like it was split into parts: Raul himself is enigmatic for the better part of the book.


Ilse Zhalina is the daughter of one of Melnek’s more prominent merchants.

Passion Play (River of Souls, book 1) by Beth Bernobich

However, this one left me with a bad feeling that I don’t want to repeat in another book. No trivia or quizzes yet. Published on August 02, These things are pretty minor, overall to the entire plot, and I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.

Everyone on Goodreads, you are welcome. Passion play was my most expected debut of the second half of the year so i came to it with extremely, extremely high expectations; and they were mostly satisfied though the book was not quite what i expected it to be based on the pre-release blurb and bernobkch marketing material. I mean, a book about a rich girl who runs away and ends up the second hand to a rich man who runs a brothel cum spy ring?

One could argue and many – unfortunately do that rape is a fact of life, and as such, it is something that can betj discussed in books. This book was never a struggle to get through once it got past the time in the caravan which I found somewhat dull and was in fact very readable in general.

If the sequel concerned bernobixh her, Bernoblch would read it, although given that she and Raul will be miles apart, I fear the plot will once more involve opening endless amounts of mail. Other things were referenced in the book, view spoiler [ like some giant brenobich of fire off their east coast, hide spoiler ]that weren’t indicated at all on the map.