Chrysanthe by Yves Meynard

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...few of the characters reveal enough depth to keep readers engaged, and exciting events are buried in poetic language.
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Christine, the princess and heir to the real world of Chrysanthe, is kidnapped as a small child by a powerful magician and exiled in a Made World that is a version of our present reality. In exile, supervised by her strict "uncle"(actually a wizard in disguise), she undergoes bogus memory recovery therapy, through which she is forced to remember childhood rape and abuse by her parents and others. She is terribly stunted emotionally by this terrifying plot, but at seventeen discovers it is all a lie. Christine escapes with a rescuer, Sir Quentin, a knight from Chrysanthe, in a thrilling chase across realities.

Once home, the magical standoff caused by her exile is broken, and a war begins, in spite of the best efforts of her father, the king, and his wizard, Melogian. And that war, which takes up nearly the last third of the work, is a marvel of magical invention and terror, a battle between good and evil forces that resounds with echoes of the great battles of fantasy literature.

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About Yves Meynard

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YVES MEYNARD lives in Longueuil, Quebec. He is the literary editor of the SF magazine Solaris, and has published six books in French. 
 
Published March 13, 2012 by Tor Books. 497 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Chrysanthe
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Kirkus

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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jan 23 2012

Flashes of originality and gleams of insight aren't enough to redeem this ponderously verbose and occasionally awkward effort.

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Publishers Weekly

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jan 16 2012

...few of the characters reveal enough depth to keep readers engaged, and exciting events are buried in poetic language.

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National Post

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Reviewed by David Berry on Apr 20 2012

...it’s not likely to convince anyone ready to pass off fantasy as only that.

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