Saturday, October 30, 2010

Review: Tiger Eye by Marjorie M. Liu

He looked completely out of place in Dela Reese's Beijing hotel room - like he belonged to a myth, was the tragic hero of some epic tale, exotic and poignant. He was like nothing from her world, neither his variegated hair nor his feline yellow eyes. Yet Dela had danced through the echo of his soul, and she knew this seven-foot warrior would obey.

Hari had been used and abused for millennia; he was jaded, dull, tired. But upon his release from the riddle box, Hari saw new mistress was different. In Dela's eyes he saw a hidden power; himself within reach of all he had lost, of avenging those wrongs. This woman was the key. If only he dared protect, where before he had savaged; love, where before he's known hate. For Dela, he would dare all.

I love to discover fantastic new-to-me authors like I now have with Marjorie M. Liu. She was on a panel at NYCC on shapeshifters in pararoms and also signed autographs for fans and I thought to myself that I really needed to get on the ball and start reading her books. If I hadn't already had this copy of Tiger Eye at home I would have bought one as soon as I was ready to read it.

Tiger Eye is one of the best paranormal romance novels I have read in some time. It has an exotic flavor that is missing from most; the Beijing setting at the beginning lends some of that flavor but it lingers even after it switches to California. The plot moves along at the right speed so it doesn't give you any opportunity to get bored and the characters were all pretty compelling. Hari pulled at my heart with his quiet dignity and I wanted to jump in this book and tear at the Magi myself. Dela and her metal-sense was pretty darn cool; I mean, who doesn't think that chicks who know their weapons are sexy?

I am so excited to read more of Marjorie M. Liu's books and Tiger Eye was an excellent start for both of us. It is being rereleased at the end of this December by Avon Books.


Jen D. @ Not Now...I'm Reading! said...

Thanks for reviewing Tiger Eye Jen. I too was curious about Marjorie Liu's series after the NYCC panel. I'll keep an eye out for the re-release in December.

Jen said...

She impressed me in NYC as well. I could really see her as she was at the con in my head as I read Tiger Eye. Does that make sense? I had actually tried The Iron Hunt a few years ago but couldn't get into it (not that I tried that hard) so I think seeing her in the flesh made me want to give her another shot. Got the rest of her books through PBS too :)

Jen D. @ Not Now...I'm Reading! said...

Makes perfect sense. I was going to order it the other day but, didn't for whatever reason and then I read this review and decided to go for it.