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Passion Play

(The first book in the River of Souls series)
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The daughter of one of Melnek's more prominent merchants, Ilse Zhalina has lived most of her life surrounded by the trappings of wealth and privilege. She has wanted for nothing and many would consider her lot a most happy one. But there are dark secrets even in the best of families and Isle and the women in her family have learned that to be beautiful and silent is the best way to survive.

However, when Ilse fianlly meets the colleague of her father's selected to marry her, she realizes that this man would lock in her a gilded cage. In her soul, she knows he is far crueler and more deadly than her father could ever be.

Ilse chooses to run from this life. Her choice will have devastating consequences and she will never be the same.

But she will meet Raul Kosenmark, a man of mystery who is the master of one of the land's most notorious pleasure houses.and who is, as Ilse discovers, a puppetmaster of a different sort altogether. Together they will embark on a journey that will reshape their world.

Lush fantasy. Wild magic. Political intrigue and the games of seduction and treachery to gain control of a kingdom. PASSION PLAY is all of these and more. It is the journey of a woman who must conquer her passions in order to win all that she desires.

Genre: Fantasy    Get it on Google Play

Praise for this book

"Passionate, articulate, clever, this book sings. A marvelous debut novel." - Patricia Briggs

Used availability for Beth Bernobich's Passion Play

Hardback Editions

October 2010 : USA Hardback

Title: Passion Play (River of Souls, Book 1)
Author(s): Beth Bernobich
ISBN: 0-7653-2217-X / 978-0-7653-2217-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

April 2012 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Passion Play (River of Souls)
Author(s): Beth Bernobich
ISBN: 0-7653-6198-1 / 978-0-7653-6198-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA