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Meanwhile, an even more sinister plot awakens as far as Longinus is concerned. For someone is trying to eliminate black silk from Damsian markets ... and how can Longinus maintain his reputation as the most elegant assassin in Damsport if he can't dress the part?
A few of you may remember when I read The Viper and the Urchin last year. The title has since changed to The Bloodless Assassin (a fabulous title!), but the story remains the same ... and The Black Orchid once again brings us back to the world of Rory and Longinus.
At first glance, you'd think these two made an unlikely pair, but I absolutely love the dynamic duo. They are perfect foils for the other's personality, and I really enjoyed their growing friendship/alliance ... as well as the tumultuous moments introduced in this book. I simply adore Longinus, adore that he's equal parts pompous snob and brilliant assassin. I particularly enjoy how his intuition is almost always spot on ... but for all the wrong reasons. Not to give too much of a spoiler, but his missing black silk actually plays a huge part in solving the mystery. The author did a wonderful job of utilizing his unique personality to progress the plot and it never once felt forced or contrived.
And Rory ...? Who wouldn't love cheeky, confident, practical Rory? This book frequently highlights Rory's growth, not just as a character, but as a young girl trying to find her place in her newly expanded world. Her personality and the issues she faces were perfectly created: I could identify with her multiple times during the course of the novel. (Tears weren't shed, but I definitely had to pause a couple of times to battle the emotion. Especially when she runs away from the party ... ah! I wanted to hug her!)
Also, I'm dying - literally dying - to have more of the romance hinted at in this book. I'm not going to say who, because I don't believe in spoilers, but ooohhh how I loved the romance. (There better be more in book three, Ms. Jeanjean! You hear me?! More romance! I need my urchin love story!!!) Again, there's only hints of romance (so far) so don't be put off if you're not into that sort of thing. There's plenty of mystery and action and humor to appease everyone.
That brings me to my recommendation: read it. Everyone, just go pick up a copy and read it. The story stands quite well on its own, but you really should grab The Bloodless Assassin to go with it, so you can have an entire weekend of well-made sassy characters, sword-fighting action, blood-chilling assassinations, witty banter, and all the other amazing goodness to be found in this series.
I mean it. If you enjoy reading at all, you'll definitely find something to enjoy in this entertaining world. Personally, I think it's going to be the assassin terrified of blood ... but then again, that might just be me.
Once again, Loginus and Rory find themselves investigating the current troubles in Damsport at the behest of The Old Girl - disappearing men, bodies turning up completely drained of blood and worst of all no black silk! Whatever will Loginus do without black silk? How can anyone respect the Viper (Loginus) without him been clothed in black silk - no one will take him seriously!
Another fun adventure with Rory and Loginus - I highly recommend this fab read.
Our main characters maintain their quirky and lovely personalities making them so much FUN to read. They are good adventures that takes me to another time and place. There is no magic involved which I love because - honestly, I feel magic is a cheat. Here we have characters that must use their brains, talent, cleverness, and learned skills to get them through their adventures. They are "clean" books. Meaning I can read them and my friends 15 year-old can read them because they are not full of uncalled for or unwarranted violence, sex, or foul language (yes some cursing but it fits the situation.)
I am not a professional book critic. I am simply a woman who is well read in the classics, mainstream, and alternative books. From autobiographies to science fiction. I know what a great adventure is. I know Rory and Longinus are great adventurers.
My biggest credit to these books is due to having to downsize my library. Only my very favorite books are in my small library. Asimov Austen, Collins, Dumas, Hemingway, Kipling, MacDonald, McCaffrey, Poe, Shakespeare, to name a few known authors. Let me tell you, after reading these...on Kindle.. I purchased them for my collection. I know I will re-read them. I know they absolutely belong on my shelves.
I am very much looking forward to book 3.
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