"exhilarating fantasy romantic suspense"
In Beijing, Dela Reese searches the various booths of the
Cheap Dirt Market until she purchases an ancient looking
riddle box for a ridiculously low price. She takes the box
to her apartment, but is unable to read the inscription that
looks like gibberish to Dela. However, she manages to "open"
the box; in the next nanosecond a handsome seven foot
warrior offers to obey her commands.
Dela tells Hari he is free, but he says she cannot release
him because part of the curse is that he must stay near his
owner. He explains that the curse began two millennium ago
when a magi stole his skin and killed his sister. When an
assassin tries to kill Dela with a knife she made, he
intercedes though she never commanded him to do so. As Hari
finds Dela unique and different than any previous owner,
they fall in love, but someone wants her dead and if they
succeed the trouble with Hari is that they would own him
unless Hari can end the curse by finding his skin.
TIGER EYE is an exhilarating fantasy romantic suspense that
enables the audience to glimpse modern day Beijing. The
genie in a non-bottle container rescued by a courageous
heroine is not a new theme. Sherrilyn Kenyon's did this in
FANTASY LOVER. However, Marjorie M. Liu makes it feel as if
she is the first to use this concept because of the
interactions between Dela and Hari. She adapts perhaps
because of her curse to "hear" people's laments while he
struggles to accept her honest efforts to liberate him
without personal gain; together they make for an exciting
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 18, 2006