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The whole story revolves around the dark mystery of Talon. Who is he? Why is he using his birds to hunt and maim or kill members of Parliament? The whodunit ending was very surprising - I hadn't guessed it.
'When I noticed that a main character in the book, Ramsay, was misspelled on his first and second appearances in the book as RamsEy, I was afraid there might be trouble.
Sad to say, the editorial errors were numerous and more glaring than just spelling. These mistakes made reading difficult and confusing.
I really like the Regency style of Jillian's writings. Her subject matter of mental health practices of the day makes her books unique and different (although Talon was almost too much for me in this book). Unfortunately, the editorial errors made the book hard for me to enjoy, and Chameleon ultimately couldn't win me over.
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine.*
Yet, I was hooked. Lady Victoria and her physician brother, Lord Ravensmoore, are determined to change the cruel or neglectful treatment of patients at the asylum for the insane.
Then there is the handsome former spy, Lord Witt, looking into a human attack by a hawk where the victim is near death. Witt allows Lady Victoria, whom he calls "little snoop,"to help investigate sometimes because he has an affection for her and she likes to solve mysteries.
I hated the character who trained hawks. I deducted he was the vicious Talon, the object of their search. But no one knows who Talon is.
A mental health institute was on my beat as a newspaper reporter and I was astonished at the diagnoses thought to be linked to insanity in the late 1800s: Paralysis, syphilis, Down's Syndrome, epilepsy, deafness, and a whole lot of physical problems that later experts learned had nothing to do with insanity. This book is set in 1818.
So it wasn't Lady Victoria's visits to the asylum and reading to patients that bothered me most, but the dreaded mammoth hawks who attempts to kill Ravensmoore and Witt.
I don't know if the author intended this book to be an allegory using imagery to reflect a spiritual message such as C.S. Lewis uses in the The Chronicles of Narnia, but a message came through loud and clear to me as the mammoth birds circle their prey.
First, Jesus warned that when the seeds of the gospel are sown in our hearts, some falls on the wayside and birds come in and devour it.Read more ›
Victoria befriends Lady Phoebe and wonders about the girl's brother, Lord Ramsey. Victoria joins Lord Witt, a friend of her brother, in trying to unravel the strange goings-on. When her own life grows endangered, how will she escape? She draws on strength from God to withstand this life-threatening trial.
Each chapter of Chameleon opens with an appropriate quote that helps establish the mood. Jillian Kent has woven a masterful tale, as noted by the awards lists on which the books appears. It's the second in a series, but strong enough to stand alone.
Lady Victoria Grayson is swept into a new and exciting world. After being isolated with a childhood illness for most of her life, she is finally living what she had only read and dreamt of.
Lord Witt`s wartime profession as a spy, taught him that all are not who they claim to be. When the Regent request Lord Witt to investigate Lady Victoria's physician brother, Lord Ravensmoore, Witt could not have guessed he'd be taken with his sister.
It's not long before Lady Vitoria and Lord Witt find themselves in the middle of a plot targeting the lords of Parliament. Together their feelings for one another will be tested, as well as their faith.
CHAMELEON is heavy on mystery, intrigue, and scandal with a light sprinkling of romance. CHAMELEON is as much about Lady Victoria and Lord Witt, as it is about Victoria's brother, Lord Ravensmoore. As soon as Mercy came into the picture, I sense the next book in this series would be hers. What a great introduction to the next book.
*Please see my profile for more information on this review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jillian Kent is a great author, I really enjoyed this second book in the series.Published 10 months ago by Jan Spriggs
Jillian Kent is quickly becoming a favorite author! This book had a surprising twist.Published 21 months ago by Sommer
I have had this book for awhile, and while it starts out a little slow for me, it hooked me in just a bit. Ms. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Martha A.
I do not generlly write reviews for book because usually I have nothing new to add to th collection of opinions already expressed. Read morePublished on June 15, 2014 by Female Reader
I had read the first book in this series and just loved it but I thought the story line in the second and third was just too far out...Published on March 18, 2014 by Linda H.
Jillian Kent did a great job creating a suspenseful mystery/romance. I was kept guessing as to the identity of the perpetrator for quite some time and was pleasantly surprised... Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by Lisa E
I enjoy the scriptures that go along with the story. It had moral values and it shows the battle between the good and evil. Would recomend to all who love to read.Published on December 27, 2013 by Keith J. Ascough
It was part of a series and it was OK, a romance and mystery. Kind of a light escape. Quick reading, didn't put it down until done.Published on May 28, 2013 by Kindle Customer
Waiting for the next book in the series. How much society has changed in their attitudes to physicians from regency to now.Published on May 22, 2013 by VCS186
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