Saturday, July 11, 2020

Book Review: Tiger Eye by Marjorie M. Liu

Tiger Eye
Author: Marjorie M. Liu
Series: Dirk & Steele, Book 1
Publication: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (June 3, 2010)

Description: The first exciting Dirk & Steele novel by the incomparable Marjorie M. Liu, Tiger Eye  is a breathtaking masterwork of paranormal romance—a stunningly original tale of magic, sensuality, desire, and danger, featuring a hero who is the answer to every romance lover’s fantasy. Tiger Eye  is the book that started it all, ushering readers into the Dirk & Steele world of shapeshifters, psychics, and extraordinary beings, showcasing one of the most inventive talents currently working the shadowland where passion and the amazing intertwine.

My Thoughts: This was an entertaining paranormal romance. It introduces an agency - Dirk & Steele - which provides a haven for people who have  psychic talents. The agency was apparently formed by Dela Reese's grandparents who are formidable people. Dela is an artist and a weapon maker. Her skills let her interact with metals. She also has the power to block her mind from outside influences.

The story begins with Dela in China and at the Dirt Market looking for interesting things. After bargaining with an old woman for some textiles, she is offered a strange box and is convinced to buy it for a very small amount of money.

After her purchase, she is importuned by a handsome man who gives her the creeps. She manages to escape from him by causing a scene and returns to her hotel. There she examines the box and discovers the way to open it. Much to her surprise, the box contains a tiger shifter who has spent the last 2000 years as a slave to whoever opens the box.

Hari was cursed by someone he calls the Magi and has spent the last 2000 years at the command of whoever opens the box. And he hasn't been owned by nice people. He has killed and been tortured and sexually abused. He has long since learned not to trust anyone who controls him.

But Dela is different. She has no desire to have a slave and becomes the only friend Hari has had since his imprisonment. But the Magi wants to recover Hari's box and Dela has attracted the attention of someone else who wants her dead too.

I liked the story and the cast of characters who are Dela's friends. I liked the romance that developed between Hari and Dela and even liked the love scenes which were not overly graphic. The story was fast-paced.

Further books in this series apparently follow the romances and adventures of many of the characters introduced in this first book.

Favorite Quote:
Love is a leap of faith. You must leap, and believe Hari will catch you as you fall. And if he not, that is the way of things. You will not be the only girl to have ever suffered a broken heart.
I bought this one Nov. 19, 2011. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. I thought this book was tremendous fun. I called it a kitchen-sink book because it had everything and the author kept adding stuff. Magic boxes? Immortal genie type slave? Weretigers? Mob threats? Magic knife powers? Give me more!


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