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The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Novel of Suspense (edição: 2014)

de M. J. Rose

Séries: Reincarnationist (6)

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"From one of America's most imaginative storytellers comes a passionate tale of love and treachery, spanning the days of Catherine de Medici's court to the twenty-first century and starring a woman drawn back, time and again, to the past. In 1533, an Italian orphan with an uncanny knack for creating fragrance is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici's perfumer. To repay his debt, over the years Rene; le Florentine is occasionally called upon to put his vast knowledge to a darker purpose: the creation of deadly poisons used to dispatch the Queen's rivals. But it's Rene;'s other passion--a desire to reanimate a human breath, to bring back the lives of the two people whose deaths have devastated him--that incites a dangerous treasure hunt five centuries later. That's when Jac L'Etoile--suffering from a heartache of her own--becomes obsessed with the possibility of unlocking Rene's secret to immortality. Soon Jac's search reconnects her with Griffin North, a man she's loved her entire life. Together they confront an eccentric heiress whose art collection rivals many museums and who is determined to keep her treasures close at hand, not just in this life but in her next. Set in the forest of Fontainebleau, crisscrossing the lines between the past and the present, M.J. Rose has written a mesmerizing tale of passion and obsession. This is a gothic tale perfect for fans of Anne Rice, Deborah Harkness, and Diana Galbadon"--… (mais)
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Título:The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Novel of Suspense
Autores:M. J. Rose
Informação:Atria Books (2014), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 384 pages
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The title of this book caught my eye. A collector of dying breaths? Hmmm. Then the book jacket reinforced my urge to check out this book. The book shifts, chapter to chapter, from the 16th century to the 21st century and back again. One story is about the perfumer to Catherine de Medici, the other is about a modern day perfumer in Paris. There's intrigue and suspense here and you could tell there'd be some action between forces for good and forces for evil. Imagine capturing someone's dying breath in a bottle and then bringing them back to life in another body in a future time?

So far, so good. I was entertained the moment I started reading. It may not be time travel, but with a reincarnation theme woven throughout, it was almost a supernatural time travel read. Likeable characters, interesting plot.

So why 3 stars instead of 4? Too many love scenes! Many would disagree with me, but I felt the plot and the story were so good I wanted more of that and less romance. (More action, more dialog, less smooching.) Still, that's not a big complaint. I'm not sure I was entirely satisfied with the ending. The dying breaths left me a little puzzled.

I would be interested in reading more from this author. It seemed like her characters had a back story to them that I was unaware of and must be characters in other books of M. J. Rose's. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
In The Collector of Dying Breaths, we are taken to 16th Century France where a monk believes he has created a formula to collect a person's dying breath and supplant that breath into a living body, reigniting that soul. And so, the author approaches reincarnation from a different angle and it's brilliant.

Jaq, our recurring heroine in the series, has experienced a great loss and so the concept of capturing someone's dying breath intrigues her, while she is wary at first. She encounters an heiress who has her own reasons for wanting to know the secret, but Jaq has an agenda of her own.

Intertwined with the modern day story, we have the apprentice of the now deceased monk working closely with Catherine de Medici herself, not only as a scent maker, but as a creator of the deadly poisons with which Catherine is known to have dispatched her enemies. As usual, the author seamlessly moves back and forth from one era to the other and instead of feeling like two separate stories, they play off and compliment each other. As the reader, we never feel like we're in one time or the other, but made a part of both times.

I always look forward to a new book in this series because each book can really be read as a stand alone. The reason for this is that the author always connects the present, continuing characters and their lives to a certain era in the past and it works beautifully. I look forward to where and when the author will take us to next. ( )
  TheTrueBookAddict | Mar 22, 2020 |
Had no idea this was part of a series... it absolutely stand on its own. Interesting story, fairly well written. ( )
  LaurieGienapp | Dec 8, 2017 |
Almost 4 stars - ( )
  kimkimkim | Aug 21, 2017 |
The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Novel of Suspense is a lush gothic tale of a mythologist, Jac L’Etoile, who investigates mysteries, usually with historic backdrops.

My take on it: Perfume + suspense + history = a magical 5-star book to savor.

My admiration for the author's work — and her gumption — goes way back. Several years ago, I heard about how M.J. had self-published a novel, Lip Service, long before it was fashionable — or easy — to do so. She was a pioneer who believed in her work, and had the professional skills to market it. ( )
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"From one of America's most imaginative storytellers comes a passionate tale of love and treachery, spanning the days of Catherine de Medici's court to the twenty-first century and starring a woman drawn back, time and again, to the past. In 1533, an Italian orphan with an uncanny knack for creating fragrance is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici's perfumer. To repay his debt, over the years Rene; le Florentine is occasionally called upon to put his vast knowledge to a darker purpose: the creation of deadly poisons used to dispatch the Queen's rivals. But it's Rene;'s other passion--a desire to reanimate a human breath, to bring back the lives of the two people whose deaths have devastated him--that incites a dangerous treasure hunt five centuries later. That's when Jac L'Etoile--suffering from a heartache of her own--becomes obsessed with the possibility of unlocking Rene's secret to immortality. Soon Jac's search reconnects her with Griffin North, a man she's loved her entire life. Together they confront an eccentric heiress whose art collection rivals many museums and who is determined to keep her treasures close at hand, not just in this life but in her next. Set in the forest of Fontainebleau, crisscrossing the lines between the past and the present, M.J. Rose has written a mesmerizing tale of passion and obsession. This is a gothic tale perfect for fans of Anne Rice, Deborah Harkness, and Diana Galbadon"--

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