"Brilliant Debut book!"
An utterly brilliant debut book that will knock your socks
off!! This novel has been gaining word of mouth through
reviewers, and with good reason. This book is imaginative,
powerful, and literally hard to believe it's a debut book.
So grab it quick, read it and then you can turn all your
friends onto this great new author from Dorchester
Publishing. Dorchester is known for giving new talent that
chance to spread it's wings, and some of the best writers
in Romance today came through Dorchester Publishing's
tutelage. Marjorie M. Liu, is simply an amazing writer and
will be one Romance readers wait eagerly for until her next
book. It won't be a long wait as A Taste of Crimson comes
out in August 2005.
Dela Reese (Okies...I had a little stumble at the start
because of the name is too similar to Della Reese the
actress, but I quickly was able to get past that mental
image because of the powerful writing) is a sculptor of
metal. She uses this talent to create stunning weapons and
statues. But she is not just a regular armourer, she is
from a family of people with psi power. The "core family"
uses their powers to combat forces of evil in the world.
Dela is not so strongly gifted, so she pours her psi power
into the creation of weapons. Having a deep love for swords
and a collector of them myself, a character with the same
passion really intrigued me.
Hari is a tiger (love the imagery). But like Dela he's
more...much more. He is a shapechanger. Finally something
besides werewolves...lol! An evil Magi bespelled him, and
has kept him prisoner in a puzzle box. Dela is hunting
antiques when she comes across the box. She releases Hari
and now he is bound to her. Only her djinn from the
bottle...hum box...is not a happy camper. He's been
imprisoned for two thousand years, so he's had time to
build a royal mad on, not mention the backlog of hormones!
Others covet the power and the box, are filling to kill to
gain it. Add in one of Dela's magical swords was used to
kill a child, and the Chinese Mafia wants a piece of the
lass as payment. Only Hari is not willing to let Dela go.
They must join forces to save the other from evils, both
mortal and magical, in this goes to the wall, exciting
story you won't soon forget.
Marjorie M. Liu has a strong voice, a deft feel for
plotting and strong imagery that should catapult her to the
top of romance in quick time. So don't wait until someone
tells you, "you have to read this book"...be the one in-the-
know telling your friends. They will thank you!
Posted March 7, 2005
Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted January 3, 2007