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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Some much so that I hated to see this book end.

Passion Play

Benni was born in a theater playing Star Wars, and has loved science fiction and fantasy ever since. Every time I had to, I grumbled and I stayed up late Tuesday night to finish it. Once Ilse arrives at a “pleasure house”, the story picks up and I enjoyed the middle third of the book as we follow her journey to heal and find a place for herself in her new home. So I’m going to go with the trusty spoiler tag option that goodreads so helpfully provides for me. But none of it happened until the latter half of the book.

This book goes the extra mile to realistically portray what would happen if a young, vulnerable year-old girl runs away from being sold and instead falls into the hands of sex slave traders.

Page 66 is where the gang-rape scenes start. Yet, you assume both men are bisexual.


Sep 23, And the rape was blamed on the victim – because she “gave her consent. Shortly after her ordeal, Therez is launched into a life of court intrigue and romance with Raul Kosenmark. This is a First Reads review.

Together they will embark on a journey that will reshape their world. The entire book deals with emotions and relationships–and the amazingly complex tangles they get into–with an unusual, breathtaking sensitivity and grace. It’s not mystical, it’s not difficult, and it’s not a secret or a big thrilling reveal. Then there is Isle. I thought the romantic lead guy a castrato was very interesting, and the relationship formed there had some intriguing stuff.

Nov 21, Penny rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Through the Looking Glass | The River of Souls Series

It’s referenced several times throughout the book, and I really liked that aspect of the world. And he has a sexy, powerful and attentive male lover. An admirable heroine Passion Play starts off strong. If you think you can handle the slow pacing in the middle, you could do a lot worse than Passion Play. There were several points in the story where I disliked the characters or found the story boring.

With the introduction of magic and past lives, I expected more of this during this section. This debut novel didn’t really come together for me. She also finds the other half of her heart.

Beth Bernobich – Passion Play – A Fantastical Librarian

It is a public service. Not only killed, but his throat burst, in effect silencing him. Both were a disappointment, so I’m really glad I took a week off from reviewing brenobich week to highlight the best of Ilse chooses to run. Passion Play is the first book in the Erythandra series. Ilse chooses to run. Ppassion clinically cleared of ADHD, Benni requires constant engagement, whether through good pacing, character development, or world-building.


Every character, however briefly appearing, is clearly a complex person with their pasion motivations, no matter how Good or Evil by the standards of the reader or the protagonist.

I occasionally thought that this book was going to pull in one of the tired standard cliches. However, after that point, the focus of the book suddenly changed to the political wrangling of the benrobich characters – and that just wasn’t nearly as interesting to me.

We agreed I would be too disturbed, so he summarizes.

Beth Bernobich – Passion Play

What’s so great about them? They felt more like placeholders, filling set roles in the plot, rather than people. Many would consider hers a happy lot. But there was also a lot in it that nearly made me put it down, ranging from the cliches of the fantasy genre to the flimsy storyline which has more than enough time to flesh bteh out.