A Dirk & Steele Novel, No 9
Marjorie M. Liu
Avon Books / HarperCollins
July 26, 2011 / ISBN: 978-0-06-201986-8
by Linda Young
"Long ago, shape-shifters reigned as gods. But even gods have
laws that they break at their own peril."
Every member of Dirk & Steele has special abilities. Soria's
is the gift of communication. That is why she was chosen to be brought
in to learn the language of the tormented warrior that was resurrected
after thousands of years of icy cold sleep. She is desperate to
learn more about who he is and what he is. Her curiosity leads her
on a journey that entails a war that has lasted thousands of years.
It also sparks a fire within her that she didn't know existed.
Karr was once a king, quick and deadly as a serpent and as strong
as a lion. He had watched as everything he loved was consumed by
fire. Death would be his salvation and the only way for him to escape
the pain and heartache that he felt. However, thousands of years
later he is awakened against his will and meets a human that stirs
him in ways he doesn't understand or desire. But this human can
see past his rage and only she can speak his language and with words
that will cool the destructive fury in his soul.
Soria must find a way to return him to his own and give him a chance
to accept his new world and show him the power of love. But the
danger that follows them is determined to destroy them both. Those
pursuing Soria and Karr see him as a monster that must be vanquished.
Is Soria's love enough to save Karr, or will she be the cause of
his death and hers?
Liu never fails to catch my attention from the start with her books.
This time she takes you to the mountains and deserts of the east.
Soria is unique in different ways. I won't say how because I don't
want to ruin the surprise. Karr has his own uniqueness. He's a shifter
of a different kind. The relationship between the two is one that
will keep you reading into the night.The fear and lack of trust
must be built upon. In the midst of all the travel and battles it
keeps you turning the pages. I loved this story. It is another great
story in the Dirk & Steele series. I can't wait for more.
of other titles
The Dark of Dreams, bk
Touch, bk 2
Red Heart of Jade, bk 3
of Heaven, bk 5
Song, bk 6
Last Twilight, bk 7
Wild Road, bk 8
Fire King, bk 9
the Flames, 12