Top positive review
A good one
on August 18, 2014
Setting: 1821-22, India and various locations in England
Genre: Romantic adventure
Lord Hugo Duran, a thoroughgoing reprobate, though under sentence of death, agrees to try to find the golden leopard, an idol that had been stolen from a small principality in India by an Englishman. He has one year to do this before the sentence is carried out. He returns to England with Shivaji, the royal assassin, and sees Lady Jessica Carville, the daughter of an Earl, with whom he'd had a brief affair 6 years prior, before his return to India. She agrees, despite their history and her mistrust, to help him find the leopard. He plans to find a way to escape during the course of their search.
The characters are interesting. Duran is a lying, manipulative scoundrel, but his charm and hidden emotions make him likable. Jessie is hard, cold, and ambitious, but she's hiding vulnerabilities that make you feel for her. Shivaji is calm, and coolly accepting that fate has set him the task of killing Duran, but you have to like him as well. All 3 of these main characters grow over the course of the story.
This is a well written story. I chuckled, I teared up, and it almost triggered my claustrophobia. It kept me awake until I finished it - really, I tried to go to sleep, but my dreams of what might happen next kept waking me.
I definitely recommend this adventure.