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The Sword Dancer (Tang Dynasty #4)

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The thief who stole his heart
Sword dancer Li Feng is used to living life on the edge of the law--a woman alone in the dangerous world of the Tang Dynasty has only her whirlwind reflexes to trust. She will discover the truth about her past, even if that means outwitting the most feared thief-catcher of them all....
Relentless, handsome and determined, Han sees life--and lo
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ebook, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Harlequin Special Releases (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jewel
4.5 stars

This review is for a free copy courtesy of Harlequin via NetGalley

This was a very enjoyable, exciting book, I found myself rushing thorough it, but when I finished it I wanted to relive it again, slower.

The Sword Dancer is set in China during the Tang Dynasty, an unfamiliar setting for me, which made this book all the more interesting.



Li Feng is more than just a sword dancer, which Thief-hunter Han notices while watching her dance, he is intrigued by her and when fighting erupts after
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
"After many heartbeats, Han spoke. 'We must have known each other in a former life. Fate keeps on bringing us together.'
'We keep on meeting because you keep hunting me down,' she said with a scowl
He lifted his head and gave her a look that bordered on fondness."


Face it, Han. Li Feng is just not into you.

We all have our favorite authors, those to whom we can turn for an excellent, always enjoyable read after the inevitable glut of terrible books. In the historical romance genre, some authors whos
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Aoi
The Sword Dancer is the latest release in the Tang Dynasty series, and I have to say I'm impressed by the sheer variety of settings covered. From the lonely isolated steppes of the northwest (An Illicit Temptation), to the culture and sophistication of Changan ( My Fair Concubine), China at its most mysterious and magical is laid before us.

The story takes off with infamous thief-catcher Zheng Hao Han arriving in a dusty no-name village when a martial dance troupe is putting on a performance. Hao
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
It's no secret that I'm a wee bit obsessed with Asian culture. If a book is set in Asia, whether modern or historical, I'm probably going to be intrigued. Also, I must admit a fondness for romance plots in an Asian setting, due both to my teenage love for the novel Shogun and my adoration of manga/manhwa. With my first read by Jeannie Lin, I get to travel to historical China in a read full of romance and adventure.

Jeannie Lin's The Sword Dancer surprised me in a great way. The relationship herei
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Fedora
This was EXCELLENT.

Ms. Lin writes so beautifully, and The Sword Dancer was such a pleasure to read. The opening chapters are a very enjoyable game of wits as sword dancer Li Feng and then bounty hunter Hao Han take turns at winning the upper hand in their duel for their goals. Li Feng has been used to fending for herself for over a decade and is focused on closing in now on her past. Han only knows that the lithe performer is clearly a trained swordswoman and the mystery of her past keeps him in
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Christine
After recently going on a romance binge and reading about countless Dukes and rakes and ranch hands, I started hankering for a book by Jade Lee, a half-Chinese romance writer who has set some of her sexiest stories in ancient China. But as far as I know, Lee hasn't written any new imperial China romances for a while, and, thirsting for a change of scenery (you can only read so many Regency romances and Westerns), I started looking around for other historical romance writers who don't shy away fr ...more
Mary Gramlich
My love for you cannot be silenced it is so strong

When a thief confronts a master thief hunter nothing but the spark of sword against sword can be hotter than the attraction they feel.

Wen Li Feng is many things but at the heart of her passions is the need to find the family she lost and avenge the death of her parents regardless of what side of the law she finds herself residing. Li goes from one area to another chasing a clue here or possible sighting there. Her childhood consisted of always be
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Scott Rudolph
I received The Sword Dancer as a Goodreads.com giveaway. I usually write a full review on my blog and post it here, however this one seemed to slip through the cracks after I had read it. The novel set during the Tang dynasty, tells the story of a young woman named Li Feng, who is on the run from the officials and wanted in a Jade robbery. Enter stage left Hao Han, a thief catcher of sorts who attempt to capture her, though it is she who captures Han's heart. Han becomes captivated by the young ...more
Dragana
Asia, especially China and Japan, have always been an interesting topic for me. Trips to these countries are too expensive, so the only way I can visit them is through books. The Sword Dancer immediately got my attention with a picture of a girl in a kimono wielding a sword on a cover. I haven't heard about sword dancing before, but I was intrigued and ready to let Jeannie Lin tell me more about it.

The Sword Dancer's plot revolves around two characters: sword dancer Wen Li Feng and thief-catcher
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Sophia
When I get the opportunity to read historical romance with a setting that is not the typical, I am always intrigued. China is a magical place with scope for a good, hearty story. I have read one other book by this author in the same historical time period and it was a wonderful blend of history, adventure and romance so I was eager to give this one a try.

The story begins when a thief-taker, Han, pursues his hunch that the thieves to a shipment of jade are traveling with a performing troupe. He i
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Jennifer
This was a lovely romance, one to immerse yourself in. I loved how the hero and heroine danced around each other, both as they fought and as they fell in love, their goals colliding, intersecting, and diverging until a world existed where they could be with one another (much like Joanna Bourne's The Black, only set in a shorter period of time). If you've read Outlaws of the Marsh, there are some lovely echoes of that novel in Lin's book as well. Lin's books are incredibly well plotted, but she d ...more
Debeehr
Normally I really, really don't like romances, so it's a surprise to me that I not only finished this one but even enjoyed it. Startlingly different from most romances, it is set in Imperial China, during the Tang dynasty, and follows a thief catcher, Han, who is on the trail of a female sword-dancer, Li Feng, whom he suspects of being involved in a jewel heist. However, in the course of his investigation, he and Li Feng stumble on a wider corruption scandal that ties into the fate of Li Feng's ...more
Kit
Wow, this one was remarkably bad after the two good ones I just read from this author. It felt like she was running with a vague idea she had and could care less about the characters or plot one way or another. Also, is this self-published? The grammar is atrocious, with bad tense changes all over the place and random prepositions inserted everywhere. It may sound like I'm nitpicking but when it happens that much, it's extremely distracting. All I could wonder was whether they couldn't afford to ...more
Cindy
another fabulous romance by
jeannie line! this one was especially
exciting as far as action, intrigue,
mystery and adventure. i loved han as
the thief catcher and Li Feng as the
sword dancer and fugitive.

really enjoyed the setting and historical
details of this one as well.

looking forward to reading lin's next
Tang romance!
Farhana Faruq
Said to be a historical-romance - still waiting for the historical part! How disappointing! I picked it up because I was hoping it would have some fascinating history of China in (or any for that matter) ...and I thought the cover was cool (teaches me a lesson).

The storyline itself is interesting, but I didn't think much of the characters. As well you could tell the whole novel was written by a female... unless it was intentional to make Han such a pathetic character following Li Feng like a los
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Kerri
This book was interesting and I liked it, but I didn't love it. It was a quick read and worth the time. I found the characters to be very compelling and was fascinated by their journeys. At the end, I was disappointed by the author's choice to have Han basically turn away from his innate sense of right and wrong (the black and white of it) in order to give the book the traditional happy ending. I didn't think that his journey would have led him to that end. It was, however, a very nice end to th ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Do you know what I like most about this book? China. Over a thousand years ago. Romance. I mean what was the last book you read that took place then and there? Mine was, well ok it was another Lin book. But before that, nada. I love that it's new and yes new, different, exciting.

This one is about Lin Feng, who is in a bit of trouble. She was taught the art of the sword, and is an excellent sword dancer. But she has also been in the wrong company.

Han is a thief catcher and he is tracking her. He
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Bookworm1858
Source: Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I've read several of Lin's historical romances before including the amazing My Fair Concubine last year, which completely blew me away. I was thus excited to return to historical China and meet some new amazing characters.

As expected, the hero and heroine were fantastic, each strong, powerful characters with tremendous physicality in addition to their growth as characters to confront the emotionally scarring moments of thei
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Shay Williams
I do love a historical romance on occasion. For me, they are a great way to learn more about history then simply the dates. Oh yeah and I hate the memorizing the dates thing. I would much rather know more about the people and how they were effected by events. That being said, I have never read one based in the East and now I have to ask myself why.

I was utterly fascinated by the culture that Ms. Lin presents in THE SWORD DANCER. It is so different from what we experienced here in the West and be
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Nicole
Jeannie Lin has surprised me with her unusual tales of romance in the ancient China. I enjoyed her first book, Butterfly Swords thoroughly and to be honest, Am so pleased to pick up any of her next installments.

The Sword Dancer is the story of a strong willed heroine in the search for the answers to the mysteries of her past. Along the way, she is tailed by the famous thief catcher, Han and like that, the story opens up.

Jeannie has a way with words. I just love how she illustrates the era with w
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Sandy
4.5 stars

THE SWORD DANCER is the latest release in Jeannie Lin’s series of historical romance/adventure novels set in the Tang Dynasty of China. I contacted Jeannie before reading the novel to ensure that I would not be confused or lost as the book is labeled number four, but she reassured me that each storyline is a stand-alone and the only connection is the historical period of the Tang Dynasty.

The premise focuses on sword dancer Li Feng avenging the loss of her family and Hao Han, a thief-col
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Kaliska
I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway contest, and managed to not realise I had won until it showed up at my house.

For a book which I had (uncomfortably) anticipated a proverbial bucket-load of sexual encounters, I found myself pleasantly surprised to find that it focused predominately on the growing relationship between Wen Li Feng and Zheng Hao Hun, rather than their relationship from a purely physical point of view, as well as the historical aspects of China in the T
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
Now some of you may have known that I really didn't read romance novels before I began book blogging. It's hearing about books like Jeannie Lin's historical romances set in China that really turned me on to reading more romance books. I really, really enjoy her books.

"The Sword Dancer" is a great romance that takes place during the Tang Dynasty. Lin pulls together a lot of great historical detail together with a fantastic love story between Li Feng, the beautiful sword dancer and Han who is tor
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Sherry
One of my favorite works by a Tang poet is "Observing the Sword Dance Performed by a Disciple of Madam Gongsun," and Jeannie brings this poem to life in The Sword Dancer. Li Feng, a spirited and cunning sword dancer from the rivers and lakes who becomes involved in a jade heist, finally meets her match in Hao Han, a notorious thief-catcher whose dangerous profession belies his fierce dedication to upholding justice.

The humor and romantic tension between the protagonists are probably the two high
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Chris Mead
4.5 Blue Ribbons

THE SWORD DANCER is full of lavish detail and exotic flare. Jeannie Lin brings the Tang Dynasty to life with her animated writing style. Packed full of action and adventure, this story is sure to please those looking for a dramatic and unusual historical escapade.

Abandoned as a child, Li Feng has been forced to learn to support and defend herself. Taken in by a Taoist Master, Li trains under his direction and becomes an accomplished sword dancer. The only thing that Li has from h
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Anne Monteith
I really enjoyed this novel set in China during the Tang Dynasty. The most famous thief-catcher, Zeng Hao Han captures sword dancer Wen Li Feng thinking she is still involved with the thieves that have stolen a shipment of gold and jade.

Her parents were killed when she was a child and as her mother hid her away she gave her daughter a jade vermillion pendent and she is searching for someone who can tell her more about the piece and about her parents. After escaping from her cell the first time s
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eyes.2c
...a dangerous, deceptively fragile heroine!

A stolen shipment of gold and jade. A dancer, Wen Li Feng, who happens to carry a piece of jade depicting a phoenix, one of a set. A Thief-catcher, Zeng Hao Han who targets his criminals with unerring judgement. Acting on instinct Han feels that Fi Leng is the key to solving the theft.He is sure that she is involved with the stolen shipment in some way. After all there is that jade piece! So begins a dance extraordinaire between thief and catcher. The
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Nicole Laverdure
captivating exotic adventure!
I was attracted by the exotic book cover of The Sword Dancer written by Jeannie Lin.I was totally surprised to read a delightful novel written with charm and finesse.It is the adventure of Wen Li Feng, the sword dancer and Zeng Hao Han, the thief catcher. It is also a mystery suspense around the Vermilion Bird in flight, a precious jade that
Li Feng had inherit from her mother. Ms. Lin very well described the history beneath ancient China where her characters travel
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Maggie Boyd
I was surprised to find myself not really loving this novel since so many of Ms. Lin's books have been four or five star reads for me.

When renowned thief catcher Zheng Hao Han first sees the sword dancer he is certain of two things - she is utterly enchanting and she is a thief.

Wen Li Feng is a thief but of course she is working towards a noble purpose. When Han captures her and puts her in prison, she is able to escape. Thus begins a game of cat and mouse where the prey and predator soon find
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Cecilia Rodriguez
The story is set in China during the Tang Dynasty.
The plot is similar to "the Fugitive," in that Li Fang is trying to keep from getting caught by thief-catcher, Zheng Hao Han.
The action, especially the sword fight scenes are well described.
The other movie that comes to mind, is: "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," but Lin's story has a happier ending for her to lovers.
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USA TODAY Bestselling author Jeannie Lin grew up fascinated with stories of Western epic fantasy and Eastern martial arts adventures. When her best friend introduced her to romance novels in middle school, the stage was set. Jeannie started writing her first romance while working as a high school science teacher in South Central Los Angeles. After four years of trying to break into publishing with ...more
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Tang Dynasty (5 books)
  • Butterfly Swords (Tang Dynasty, #1)
  • The Dragon and the Pearl (Tang Dynasty, #2)
  • My Fair Concubine (Tang Dynasty, #3)
  • A Dance with Danger (Lovers and Rebels, #2) (Tang Dynasty, #5)
Butterfly Swords (Tang Dynasty, #1) The Lotus Palace (The Pingkang Li Mysteries, #1) My Fair Concubine (Tang Dynasty, #3) The Dragon and the Pearl (Tang Dynasty, #2) The Jade Temptress (The Pingkang Li Mysteries, #2)

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