**spoiler alert** Genevieve Pasquier is a girl crippled from birth by being born with a clubfoot,loved by her scholarly father but despised by her bea**spoiler alert** Genevieve Pasquier is a girl crippled from birth by being born with a clubfoot,loved by her scholarly father but despised by her beautiful and vain mother who dotes on her more beautiful older sister.
She is in short an ugly duckling but a smart duckling ;)
Her father educates her and gives her books to read.
When on his deathbed he sends for her and gives her some words of wisdom.
But her mother thinks Genevieve was told where her father hid a vast fortune.But Genevieve of course dont know anything and is then put through such abuse that she has no other choice but to leave home.
While escaping she happens on the powerful society witch Catherine Montvoisin wwho proposes a deal:work for her and get revenge.
She become the Marquess, an allegedly 200 year old fortune-teller who acquired immortality through an elixir and its not long before she is popular in the aristocratic circles of Paris.
But things get dangerous when Athenais Montespan,the kings mistress,ask to get her fortune told.
It seems like Monvoisin has some darker agenda that could shake France if the plan is ever carried out.
I dont want to give to much away,but there is enough suspense so you wont get bored.And all the characters feel real and has motivation for their actions. And there is a romance but it takes a while for the heroine to realize who truly loves her.
Judith Merkle Riley has written other historicals wich ive also enjoyed but this book remains my favorite of them. There is some horrible elements in this story(rape,occult rites,poisoning) But in the end the good prevail.
This is built around an actual event in history,the affair of the poisons.And even though the author takes some artistic liberties it stays mostly true to history. ...more
One fine day I came upon a series of books called "Silent in the.." by an author named Deanna Raybourn.Great! I thought an historical fiction with a fOne fine day I came upon a series of books called "Silent in the.." by an author named Deanna Raybourn.Great! I thought an historical fiction with a female sleuth to boot.This can not be bad in any way. ...Well it was so-so.
I gave up my hopes for finding a good Victorian Era Lady Sleuth Book
Until I found "A most dangerous woman" by LM Jackson
It all starts when a mysterious woman called Sarah Tanner opens up a coffee house in a seedy street in Leather Lane,London.
No one knows where she comes from but her new neigbours all agree that she is bound to have a dark and mysterious PAST(thats in capital letters folks)
Not soon after she is recognized by an old friend,who hardly makes it out of the door before he is murdered.But why? Sarah decides to set out and discover the truth.
Even if it means she has to face old foes and other dickensian London obstacles.Like a Victorian female crime boss that goes by the name of "Her Majesty and her henchman,the suave and violent Symes and many other villains from the London underworld.
I was hooked.
Sarah Tanner is a bit unconventional,but she feels real within the era that she lives in.And while she isnt from exactly upper class or working class she knows how to act both downstairs and upstairs.The other characters both villains supporting character feels real and substantial.
The mystery is quite good and well thought out,as I didnt figure out who was the culprit until the protagonist did and even then youre in for some twists and turns in the plot.
Its a historical fiction,with a mystery and a heroine with a backbone that isnt a Mary Sue .Whats not to like?
I am quite sad that there probably wont be a third book in the series as the second book raises some question about the future for the main character. I even asked the author about it.
Kagama Just finished "The mesmerists apprentice"... and I found it very enjoyable.Was a bit disappointed though that it didnt feature "her Majesty" or Symes.I thought their affairs with Sarah werent quite finished.
I would also like to find out more of Sarahs past Perhaps in a future book?
LM.Jackson "Glad you enjoyed Mesmerist's ... always nice to know some people are actually reading my books! My plans for the next Sarah Tanner book definitely feature Symes and Her Majesty, and at least one crucial event from her past ... check back with me in 12 months or so ...!
In fact, I confess, Sarah Tanner's UK future hangs on a publishing knife-edge at present ... however, my books are doing well in France (merci, mes amis!) which makes another ST book more likely, even it's retrospectively published 'on-demand' by me, from the French edition (!). best wishes, Lee (ps. see my other books published as "Lee Jackson
Kagama "Vive le french!^^ Its too bad to hear..But I hope things picks up
I was drawn in by the premise of a heroine falling in love with the villain.Guess if I was dissapointed...Confusing narrative,characters who never comI was drawn in by the premise of a heroine falling in love with the villain.Guess if I was dissapointed...Confusing narrative,characters who never come alive and lots of other problems this book has.
**spoiler alert** It begins excitingly with the heroines husbands death.Then she meets a private investigator her man had hired..who thinks her husban**spoiler alert** It begins excitingly with the heroines husbands death.Then she meets a private investigator her man had hired..who thinks her husband was murdered.After that nothing happens at least halfway into the book.
And I may have overread myself on the Victorian society..but i find it hard to believe they discussed sex THAT casually (with their fathers)
A big cast of characters but not one of the manage to catch my interest or keep myself care for even the protagonists....more
**spoiler alert** How to make justice to a book that blew you away when you first read it?
Ariel is accompanying her mistress-Edouin up on the mountain**spoiler alert** How to make justice to a book that blew you away when you first read it?
Ariel is accompanying her mistress-Edouin up on the mountain to gather some flowers. Then suddenly Edouin is snatched and abducted by a winged creature.
Horrified she runs to tell everyone that Edouin has been kidnapped.
But no one believes her Except for a strange blind old woman who tells her the creature she saw was a vampyre and that he kidnapped Edouin to become his "wife" wich essentially means to steal her soul
Ariel decides if no one will try to save Edouin its up to her to do it.Even if she is a lowly slave girl.
So she goes up the mountain and waits for the vampyre to come back.
He does and takes her back to his castle to be handmaiden to his "wives" other young women he has taken.
They are little more than wraiths though after he has stolen their souls so Aeriel cant tell wich one of them is Eoduin.
To keep the vampyre complacent she begins to tell him tales and she also cares for his beasts,hideous creatures wich are kept starved to better guard his castle.
But she discovers the time is approaching when he needs to steal his final bride and take his wives souls to his mother.And then not only his wives will be lost...the last of the vampyres humanity will be destroyed too.
Aeriel doesnt know what she can do.Only that she has to do something
When I first found this book I was take away by the story.It didnt hurt either that the cover was done by the amazingKinuko Y. Craft
The author somehow manages to blend the story of Bluebeard,Beauty and the beast(altough the vampyre is beautiful,he is still a monster)and the storytelling of Szcherezade into one story.
And its a coming of age tale too.
At times its quite a surreal read,and I think the best comparision I could make is call its a surreal fairytale.
But I think the sheer originality of the story and the world its set in elevates the book from more more straightly written books.
Her "vampyre" is quite different from the norm too they have wings like angels
“They were jet, those wings, as deep as the sky, as black as Eoduin's hair—no, blacker, for they were dull, unoiled. They gave off no sheen in the light, no gleam to the eye. They drank up the light and diminished it: they were wings of pure shadow”
Thats a good example of the poetic and evocative prose.
I am glad that I found this one. It has been a re-read for me since the age of 14.
I read many favourable reviews about this book,and many of them were gushing with praise for it. A Japanese “Gone with the wind” With a gorgeous cove I read many favourable reviews about this book,and many of them were gushing with praise for it. A Japanese “Gone with the wind” With a gorgeous cover. Can you imagine I was so eager to get this book in my hands?
The plot boils down to this: Sachi is a peasant girl who is adopted by a princess.The princess is going to be the shoguns wife. Sachi grows up in the Edo castle and learns the strict protocol of the castle and using a halberd. The heroine becomes noticed by the shogun and becomes his concubine.
Cue one creepy sex scene (first time nevertheless..poor girl)and some bawdy jokes about "picking mushrooms" by some older women.And then we have the shogun unexpectedly dying,adding to the unrest of the land.
War breaks out and Sachi and a handmaiden flees the castle,Sachi posing as the princess.They met up with some ronin samurai and decide to travel with them. After this I lost grip on the plot….except for the love story between Sachi and one of the samurai. What was his name again?
And as for the eriting....
First of all someone hand this author a book about synonyms!
There is only so much repeating of words one can endure. For example someones hair is described as “bushy” throughout the whole book and everyone seems to have “plump” lips.And the plot structure is lacking,feeling sketchy and not that well thought out,the same can be said for the characters up to and including our maincharacter.
Fascinating history yes but it reads more like a history book than a novel sometimes.
And even if I found the love story touching sometimes..it didn’t have that extra oomph! Like in the real “Gone with the wind”
Just about readable.
If you are interested in the authors claim that there was no word for love in japanese culture up until the 19th Century. Here is her take on it. No sources though so I dont know...
**spoiler alert** At first I was intrigued by the story,I dont think Ive ever read a supernatural YA book that starts out with the mother dying so tha**spoiler alert** At first I was intrigued by the story,I dont think Ive ever read a supernatural YA book that starts out with the mother dying so that was interesting. Then things went downhill...
I felt like the heroine had multiple personalities,one moment letting people walk all over her the next making friends with the same people :/
The characters jumping to strange conclusions I swear sometimes it felt like I had skipped part of the story.
Really it felt like it wanted to cash in on Abandon by Meg Cabot
And I wonder...when the author wrote the book,did she at any point realize she was pairing off the heroine with her own uncle?