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- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publisher: Zebra; 1 edition (September 1, 2010)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2010
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003IYI7KK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,039 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Another thing that bothered me was the editing. Archer has a great grasp of prose, but sometimes...a lot of times...she would have back to back paragraphs that said the same thing. As if she couldn't decide which paragraph she liked better, so she just left them both in there and no editor slashed it. That bugged me a lot.
Lastly, I think she worked the supporting cast in well. Day, the whore, Graves, the brilliant Negro!!!, and Ming, the strategist, all had depth, interesting quirks and back stories that didn't overwhelm me. But I doubt I'll read anything further from this series. I also liked her treatment of the Mongolian culture and its people. Taught me a lesson that you can praise and criticize a culture by showing many incarnations of its people as a super-villain, a few small town heroes, and all those in between without casting the white man as the savior.
In Outer Mongolia, Gabriel meets Franklin Burgess and his daughter, Thalia. Upon hearing the message, Thalia volunteers to take on the mission as her father is injured. There is an instant sizzling attraction between the two.
Gabriel offers to come along with her. She refuses; he discreetly follows her anyway. After he saves her and her servant, Gabriel learns that Thalia's father is part of a secret society called the Blades of the Rose. The Blades purpose is to protect magic Sources from the Heirs. The Heirs want to use these magical objects to achieve their goal of making England the most powerful country in the world.
Thalia and Gabe are both smart sensible people. Thalia knows that she needs his experience as a soldier to help her. Gabe needs Thalia to help with the language and cultural barriers. There's real danger in what they do. There's a wonderful moment that happens after Thalia kills for the first time. Gabriel treats her with care, comfort and empathy as she tries to grapple what she has done, even as she realizes the killing needed to be done.
Gabriel and Thalia are a wonderful couple. Here's one of my favorite lines of the book that exemplifies their relationship:
"I like this very much," he said nibbling on the tips of her fingers. "An army of two."
"Who's in command?" She answered as she fought for breath.
What a wicked smile he had. "Let's take turns."
*sigh* Lucky for all of us, there are 3 more books in the series, which is being released in the next few consecutive months. The next book, Scoundrel, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The third book features a native Canadian hero and the last book features a black inventor.
I cannot wait!!!!
Here's a link to the series, which is a great blend of adventure and romance. Highly recommend for readers who love Indiana Jones or The Mummy movies.
Zoe Archer is new to me, so as I impatiently wait for Scoundrel, I'm going to explore her backlist.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Bravo, Zoe. This novel is a real winner.
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