08-17-2013 09:05 AM
I read this trilogy around 2006 and have been wanting to buy the three novels that I know of. Not sure if the author has written any more. It's about twin brothers who live apart. One lives in the streets and dyes his hair black. The other lives at some sort of magical place. They both possess magical powers. They get together and have to get to a special place to save the one brother's life who hasn't lived at the ... it's sort of a school for supernaturally gifted people...because he didn't live there and learn how to control his gifts and was being driven nuts. That's the best I can do about the plot.
I think the author's name begins with an M. It is a female and I think it's French, and so is the name of the first book... the menzzene or muziene or something like that. Thought I'd never forget it. Boy was I wrong!
Hoping someone can help. Thanks for reading and trying, even if you don't have the answer.
08-18-2013 09:08 AM
"Melusine" (and sequels) by Sarah Monette
"School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Melusine is a city both sordid and splendid, rich in history and layered with corruption. Monette shows readers this fantastical place through the eyes of two characters: Felix, a member of an elite society of wizards, and Mildmay, a thief and former assassin. After his past as a whore is revealed, Felix returns to the man who trained him to pass as a noble. His malicious mentor uses a sexual ritual and Felix's magic to shatter the Virtu, a crystal that stabilizes magic. Felix goes mad, is imprisoned, and is sent to an asylum. Mildmay's precarious existence becomes more and more difficult. When he hits rock bottom, he is hired by another wizard, whose card divination says Mildmay will lead him to Felix. Monette has created an interesting world, leaving enough unexplained to intrigue patient readers. Profane Mildmay and insane Felix have distinctive narrative voices"