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Tiger Eye (Dirk & Steele #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  4,346 Ratings  ·  307 Reviews
“I didn’t just like this book, I LOVED this book. Anyone who loves my work should love it too”
New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan


“If you have yet to add Liu to your must-read list, you’re doing yourself a disservice.”


The first exciting Dirk & Steele novel by the incomparable Marjorie M. Liu, Tiger Eye is a breathtaking masterwork of paranorma
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
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
Yz the Whyz
May 07, 2010 Yz the Whyz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 15, 2011 Maria Schneider rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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
Mar 24, 2015 Erika marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I feel bad. I couldn't really read for a couple of days as life got really distracting. Now, I lost my mental/emotional connection to this storyline. Can't seem to get back into it right now. I am going to come back again.
Nov 27, 2015 Elaine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read because of a strong recommendation of the author. Personally, I wasn't impressed. I know this title is in a more romance-centric series, which doesn't bode well for quality, and maybe I have some confirmation bias going because of that, but while I found this book fluffy and easily devoured (and I did finish it, so there's that), it has a lot of problems.

1. The plot. Also, closely related, the pacing. A middle 30% of the book doesn't have much going on, really, after a strong start. (I thi
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
Snarktastic Sonja
The cover of this book really threw me off. Paranormal romance covers typically have cheesy covers - but this one . . . just doesn't seem to quite fit. And, I don't always notice or pay attention to covers, I was just thrown off.

I enjoyed the beginning of the book which takes place in China. I felt surrounded by the market place and immersed into the culture. And, the description of the riddle box was well done. However, I did feel that the relationship between Dela and Hari was a little fast an
::drums nails::

So it was cheap (possibly free, I can’t find the receipt right this second.) The author was a name I recognized. Despite the fact that it featured a were-tiger, I said ‘what the hell’ and went for it.

Don’t let me do that again.

What you have here is a twist on the whole genie in a bottle scenario. Heroine - Dela, with supernatural powers of her own - opens a magic box and finds a 2000 year old, immortal were-tiger warrior at her command. They fight crime. Well, they try to keep her
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
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
Sep 20, 2010 Jeri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 premise 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 psychic powers. T ...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
Mia Marlowe
Jun 03, 2008 Mia Marlowe rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
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Oct 15, 2016 Brianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting story. I really liked how it started off set in China. The heroine, Dela, was an extremely good person. I loved how honorable she was, and just found her really likable. As for Hari, the hero, I felt so bad for him! A slave for 2000 years, cursed by a Magi to have to do what he was told. I I liked Hari a lot, though. He was smart and really great to Dela. I thought their romance was a little quick, but I kind of understood it because Dela learned a lot about h ...more
May 22, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Eric Mesa
Feb 24, 2015 Eric Mesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I set out to see if I could enjoy a romance book. I got this Marjorie Liu book for free from Barnes and Noble in a Friday giveaway. The cover promised a cheesy romance, but I knew going in it was Liu who I loved on X-Men and I knew it was a paranormal romance, to which my wife said "like the movie Ghost?"

It turned out to essentially be like the Robert Ludllum books I read in college while flying home on break, only with better sex scenes (because the two characters in a Ludlum book usually ended
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
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New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and she leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop.

Ms. Liu is a highly celebrated comic book writer. Her extensive work with Marvel includes the bestselling Dark Wolverine series, NYX: No Way Home, X-23, and Black
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