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Tiger Eye (Dirk & Steele #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  3,560 ratings  ·  262 reviews
Long ago they roamed the earth -- dragons, tigers…shapeshifters -- men who wore the forms of beasts. Their world was magic. Now it is gone.

But some remain…

He looks out of place in Dela Reese's Beijing hotel room -- exotic and poignant, some mythic, tragic hero of an epic tale. With his feline yellow eyes, he's like nothing from her world,. Yet Dela has danced through the e
ebook, 384 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 1st 2005)
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I recently decided to reread the Dirk & Steele series because I have fallen behind and haven’t read the last couple books. Since the later world building gets more and more detailed, I figured I had better freshen up so as not to find myself confused by forgotten plot elements. Plus, they’re good. How can I say no to a sure thing? :)

If you’ve read the back of the book and been underwhelmed, just wipe that slate clean. I don’t know who wrote that summary (fingers crossed that it wasn’t the a
While working in China, Sword maker and artist, Dela Reese, visits Beijing's Dirt Market and is sold a mysterious box with a curious riddle attached to it. When she finally gets the box open, imagine her surprise when a handsome, seven foot tall warrior pops out like a genie from a bottle.

Enslaved to the owner of the magic box he's tied to, one-time shape shifter, Hari, is wary of the half naked woman who has summoned him. Cursed by a dark magi two thousand yrs ago and forced to commit unspeakab
This is Liu's first book, and the first in the Dirk & Steele series. It's pretty decent, with some solid strengths and some fairly noticeable weaknesses. This paranormal romance / erotica (not urban fantasy, IMO) is told in 3rd person, with POV alternating from heroine to hero. It was easy to follow the shifting POV.

MILD SPOILERS -- I keep it pretty obscure

Content: Explicit sex and different sex, no swearing, bloody savagery, suggested rape

Plot: The story reminded me of X-Men, with differe
Yz the Whyz
Typical PNR storyline and a catchy beginning for a series, Dirk and Steele.

You have a hero trapped for centuries and was accidentally released by our heroine who refused to enslave him. Our heroine herself has an affinity to steel, and together they will battle the Magi, the original reason why our hero is in his current predicament.

Liu has an interesting writing style, very lyrical prose. The storyline is good enough for me to continue reading, and she introduced enough secondary characters tha
Maria Schneider
Way too much gushing about how great looking and muscular and 7 foot tall giant and blah, blah, blah. There was sort of a plot, but it was overwhelmed by the "romance" features of the book. Some of the book was also quite repetitious (there would be a great action scene, but then we'd have to "relive" it as the heroine went over it in her head in a kind of "what if" regurgitation or "I should have done this" or "I didn't know I could do that".) Really, I thought the plot could have used some "cl ...more
Shapeshifters, romance, ancient men brought to life. Yum.

The characters were quite enjoyable in this book. I had accidentally picked up book 11 in the series and read it with a bit of confusion, so I think with this series it's important to start from the beginning. I think this author's strength is creating non-cliched characters with emotional nuance, and even in this first book she succeeds in making me invested in the characters. The plot is a bit meandery and side plots leave for so long so
Tiger Eye's plot feels like it was cobbled together from scraps of other novels from multiple different genres. There are Chinese mafia men, a paranormal detective agency, an evil magic-wielding psychopath, and various shape-shifters, all coliding together in a series of seemingly-unrelated action sequences separated by long stretches of inane filler. Liu's clumsily overwrought writing style does nothing to lessen the confusion of her plot. Her long sentences are packed with stilted, flowery lan ...more
5 Dreamy Stars

I have read this book at least half a dozen times, and every time feels like the first time. I discovered this book completely by accident when I was browsing at the local library. You know how they say don't judge a book by its cover, well, I did. I thought the cover and the woman on it was so beautiful that I didn't even bother to read the back and took it home. That was five years ago, and now this book is one of my favorite books of all time. It is so well written and the cha
This was one of the most promising first novels/new authors I’d read in a long while, and perhaps remains my favorite of an excellent series. Some of my enthusiasm may be because this particular story hits exactly on many of my favorite themes -- a tortured hero who still holds on to strength and honor, a strong, confident heroine, and real trust between the two of them. I love stories when the h/h rescue each other, both working to their own strengths and abilities. I also particularly enjoyed ...more
The further on this book progressed, the wonkier the plot became, it has several First Novel problems, and Liu has a couple of stylistic tics that make me twitch, but overall this was an enjoyable piece of trashy fluff. Dela, the female lead, was entirely lacking in common sense at times, but I liked that she was able to defend herself most of the time, and that she was the one who held the power balance (at least initially) in her relationship with Hari. My favourite part of it, and what will g ...more
Decided to give Liu one more try. In conclusion, she really needs a good editor who's willing to slash her work into ribbons and make her rebuild it into something that makes sense. She's far too fond of adding in new elements out of the blue, whether they're characters or emotional baggage. Perhaps I shouldn't expect otherwise of a plot which involves a guy springing out of a mysterious box.

The first half, where our hero and heroine meet, felt very different from the second, where suddenly ther
Mia Marlowe
Jun 20, 2008 Mia Marlowe rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adult readers
I'm still a neophyte when it comes to paranormal romance. Historical is my sub-genre of choice, but it's impossible to deny Marjorie Liu's talent. Just for inventiveness, I'd give her five stars for the ALADIN & THE MAGIC LAMP meets THE X-MEN scenario in Tiger Eye. But she also writes seamless prose and I'm a sucker for poetic language.

She's hooked me. Now I have to go out and find the rest of the Dirk & Steele titles.
LOVED every single word from the first to the last! I like PNR but UF is really my favorite genre. So, to completely fall head over heals in love with this story was an unexpected pleasure. It really is the author's voice and her mastry of the language. The way in which she writes had me highlighting all over the place. I should just throw the book into yellow die and be done with it.
Just about the most annoying premise ever (I've been serving women for a thousand years, and you're next, lucky you), but these books look interesting and alas, they must be read in order.
Tiger Eye is the first book in the Dirk & Steele series and was a really fun story start to finish. Some of the elements in the story are familiar ones, such as shapeshifting and psychic energy (Delilah, or Dela, can sense energy from metals and uses that gift to make weapons,) but they are crafted in such a way that they don't feel played out or tired. The one other book that I was reminded of while reading Tiger Eye was the first book in Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series, Fantasy Lover ...more
The premise of this book of this book is pretty cheesy. Lone woman releases cursed tiger-shifter-warrior-man from a box who is obligated to obey her every whim and they fall in love. But there's more to it, like the setting at first is in China which was interesting. And the woman has psychic powers like being able to see the future and having control over metal. She also happens to be from a family of people with psychic powers who run a company that employs people around the world... with psyc ...more
Ronda  Tutt
Fun and Delightful Read!

The Shape-shifters - Dragons, Tigers, Ravens, Magi/Wizard and Humans with special gifted powers had me totally captivated making this first book in the series a fun and delightful read. I found myself laughing at some of the humorous interactions between the characters and loved the idea behind Dirk & Steel.

"An Agency dedicated to finding people who aren't normal... - A detective agency of sorts... - Agency dedicated to using psi-talented to help others, to do jobs t
So much fun to read!

Magic, a curse, and a kickass heroine, combine to create an entertaining read. Tiger Eye is the first book in Marjorie Liu's Dirk & Steele series and is an excellent start to the series.

Tiger Eye is the story of Dela and Hari, two characters with special abilities. Dela can hear the call of weapons and is a well-known weapons maker. She is a remarkable heroine, not only clever and resourceful, but a kickass fighter. Hari is an amazing specimen of a man, huge and powerful
Krista Bunny
First off, I want to say that I loved the premise of this book. It's a great idea and the writing style was very easy to follow and captivating.
Now, I only gave this book 3 stars because of the sex scenes. Judge me all you like, but during an intimate scene, lines like "and then she did something and it was all over" it irritates the shit out of me. What is the SOMETHING (literal word used during an intimate scene)? Its just so juvenile to me and completely turned me off reading the rest of the
Wow. I'd heard this series was crackfic, and it totally is. Shapeshifters, check. Ancient cursed items for sale at the flea market? Check. Mysterious, wise old Chinese women? Random assortment of psychic powers? All-powerful secret society masquerading as an ordinary detective agency? Fated love enforced by unbreakable psychic connection? Check, check, check. The sheer number of improbable plot elements is exhausting.

Most paranormal writers avoid the potentially bestial aspect of shapeshifter lo
Gina Briganti
Marjorie M. Liu has a very poetic voice at times, and at others she is simply a very nice read.

The agency she crafted, Dirk & Steele, is made up of people with paranormal abilities. They use their abilities to solve crimes that official agencies can't, or won't solve. The agency also makes people who have felt like oddballs all of their lives feel valued. Together they can use their gifts to help people.

It took a little too long, in my opinion, to figure out exactly what Dirk & Steele w
Carolyn F.
Cover is a little lame - I liked the older version better. It looks like the guy's wearing a wig, which he probably is.

Dela is sold a little box that she opens when she's alone in her hotel room. Out comes Hari,a tiger shifter who can't shift and has been a slave at the control of each "master" who opens the box. Dela sets him free through her actions until she can do it by deed. The only thing, well not the only thing, one of two things I found disappointing - he was only an actual tiger shift
This book started out good, and ended well, but at one point was almost a painful read. I realized at 2/3 of the way thru that I could put it down and happily not pick it up again. Never a good sign. It had promise, the story was good. It was just that the two instantaneously decided they were in love, while nothing had happened to prompt it. I saw nothing particularly special in Dela. Hari revered her for not becoming his master, while I think she simply acted as most people would in this day a ...more
This book was not for me. I thought that it might be the case but I wanted to try it anyways. I'd never read anything by the author but know of her comic book work and the description of the book sounded so kick butt that I hoped the romance angle would be pretty low key, unfortunately I was wrong. Many times during the book either during an action or when the character's should have taken action, they reflected on their feelings, it really slowed down the pacing.

I think if you like romance or
I enjoyed this one especially as a beginning to a series. Hari's plight was pretty intriguing and I loved the way he interacted with Dela and her fellow Dirk & Steele colleagues. I liked the fact that he was not your typical alpha shapeshifter hero. Dela was a good match for Hari though she did cross into TSTL territory a couple times.

I like the overall premise of Dirk & Steele and am looking forward to reading more about the guys especially Artur, Eddie, and Blue. I did get a little co
I almost quit reading a few times toward the beginning, but it got better. I should have loved it, but it wasn't very well written and felt pretty heavy handed at times. Delilah, a psychic, buys a mysterious riddle box in Beijing. When she opens it, Hari pops out; he's a 2000 year old shapeshifter (tiger) who's under a curse. He has to serve as a slave whoever owns the box. Great setup, but it got really tedious. Dela's interactions with him, especially in the beginning, were pretty lame. Too mu ...more
Jul 09, 2009 Joy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joy by: Oyceter, Rachel
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I liked this first book; it has promise. I kinda wish there was more flushing out of Dela's back story though. Also, I so thought the ending was rushed. Tell me more about Long Nu! About the shape-shifters! There were two big story-lines going on and they both seemed to wrap up a bit to quickly for me. I'm hesitant to read the next book, so maybe in a little while I shall return to this series. :)
Ein Fluch, ein Gestaltwandler und eine Schatulle..

Delilah Reese ist eine Frau mit besonderen Fähigkeiten: Sie kann mit Metall "sprechen": Wenn sie einen metallenen Gegenstand berührt, verrät er ihr seine Geschichte. Daher ist es nicht verwunderlich, dass sie Waffenkünstlerin wurde und für ausgesuchte Kundschaft besondere Waffen schmiedet. Von ihrer "Gabe" wissen nur wenige Menschen; ihre Familie hat die Dirk & Steele Agentur gegründet, die aus Menschen wie ihr, Menschen mit besonderen Fähigk
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