Rikki Donovan is another one of my guest blog reviewer for me here on the blog. She will be reviewing a novel by Marjorie M. Liu today that she had previously read but would like to recommend to readers of this blog. I hope that it won’t be the first and last time Rikki can guest blog review here on Talk About My Favorite Authors so I can be able to post more reviews by Rikki here on the blog for all to enjoy and you can also visit her own blog to enjoy what she has to say.
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TIGER EYE by Marjorie M. Liu $ 6.99 (Book 1)(342 Pages)
Synopsis: An old woman at a market in China presses Dela into buying an old wooden box. When she opens the box in her hotel room an exotic looking man appears. Hari has been trapped inside the box for a long time. Hundreds of years ago a wizard cursed him, took away his ability to shapeshift and deposited him in the bottle. Only when the bottle is opened he comes out to do its owner’s bidding. Dela is determined to help Hari break his curse and find his skin again, so he can shift once more.
Review: “Tiger Eye” is the first book in the Dirk & Steele series. Dirk & Steele is an agency whose employees all have paranormal abilities. The guys working for it are extremely interesting characters who all get their own book in time. Dela is the sister of one of them and is constantly involved in the agency’s work. Once she and Hari are back in the US it turns out that they not only have to deal with the wizard who cursed Hair, but also with another party who threatens to kill Dela. The story has various plot strings it evolves around—Hari’s curse, the threats against Dela’s life and Hari’s and Dela’s blooming love.
The love story is a very good one. At first Hari is less than pleased to be summoned once more. Besides, he is full of hatred for the world in general. Well, who can blame him? Dela is not happy with the fact that a half naked hunk from another time is turning up in her room. However, soon enough they come to enjoy each other’s company thoroughly. There is a lot of chemistry between them and they never stoop to stupid banter and misunderstandings—one of my pet peeves. Dela wants to help Hari to regain his freedom at whatever cost. Hari in turn is resolved to protect Dela from her attackers.
The plot made sense and the world Liu built is compelling—magic, shapeshifters, people with various psychic abilities, it’s all there, but in a non-obtrusive way. I can’t wait to read more about the other Dirk & Steele members.