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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Passion Play

The setting of “Passion Play” was enough to get me bth pick up Beth Bernobitch’s debut novel — a sort of medievalish Renaissanceish Italy-Spainy kind of world. Now remember how I said I had a Doubting Thomas moment?

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

Because she shows little believable emotion, I never feel that there is any instance where she would fail or die. And when she reaches it, she isn’t greeted by swarms of rosy-cheeked motherly types who just happened to be looking for a young companion or even helped by some kind hearted townsfolk. 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.


For the most part, her prose is lively and free of cliches, though she frequently exhibits a first novelist’s tendency towards verbosity: River of Souls River of Souls, 0. I love to talk about books. Curse him for having the grace of a cat and deft, cool hands. This debut novel didn’t really come together for me.

Then again, it could be because Ilse is such a wooden plank of a character, and Raul’s falling in love with her seems more like a plot fixture than an organic development in the story.

The relationship itself is a bit weird and towards the end, I felt unsatisfied at were the relationship bwth at. Thief of War River of Souls, 0. Or even Raul and Dedrick?

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

Mmm, I’m having a hard time rating this one. That being said it is not bad and I will probably read the next in the series.

This is a story about Ilse rising and remaking herself the way she prefers, with Raul providing support to her with support that others are unlikely to get. Oct 20, Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars 2 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars 4 of pplay stars 5 of 5 stars. This choice will change her life forever.

Beth Bernobich – Passion Play

Feb 09, Fade rated it it was amazing. Jan 17, Alice Janell rated it liked it Shelves: She faces down her mistakes and takes the hint of a chance provided to her to flee from a life that had become ten hundred times worse than the one she previously thought so terrible.


As she weaves her way into the life of the Lord Kosenmark, she realizes there is more at stake than her life. Sep 18, Aubrey rated it it was ok. See befh 7 answers from Beth Bernobich…. Berobich they will embark on a journey that will reshape their world. The story she spins us is exciting, moving and beautiful.

Boring c A teenaged Therez Bernobic is considered chattel by her wealthy, merchant father. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There is her unwanted but unavoidable separation from Raul. Watching her grow from the pampered merchant’s daughter at the beginning of the book, to the young woman she becomes was good. I felt cheated into reading it.

Therez Zalina is the daughter of an iron-willed and ruthless merchant who learns shortly after the story begins that she is to be married off to a guy that she f When Passion Play was first released in hardcover back init had a far more accurate cover art than this mass market paperback reissue.

There’s no tension, no build up.