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These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
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Oct 29, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: classic, familyconflict, fiction, historical-fiction, romance
Recommended for: lauren willig fans, raybourn fans
Read in October, 2009

I've only read two Georgette Heyer books but this is my favorite so far. It's a tale of the wicked, the innocent, the wayward and the lamb leading the wolf.

I literally just finished reading it and I don't want to go into too much for fear that I will spoil it!

I found Leonie to be a breath of fresh air as a character - and a woman at that! - in that time period. She is neither stupid nor completely innocent but she is young and hot tempered. She says what she thinks, whether she should or no, and her absolute loyalty to a man that the world refers to as Satanas is a little startling but speaks to the fierceness of her character.

Justin is the older gentleman, Leonie's "warder" and the one who sets up a game that ends with a poetic justice that leaves the reader as excited as Leonie is when she learns what happens. Justin's past is as dark and clouded as his reputation. While he may play the part of the dandy (by his clothes) he is quite like a wolf. Beautiful to look at and watch as they pounce but dangerous in his hunting and swift takedown. He is considered the omniscient one yet he doesn't fully realize just how much Leonie's loyalty is wrapped in a love that they both don't fully comprehend.

This book is darker than Friday's Child but the dialogue is amazing, the action makes for a page-turner and the eventual reveal of their emotions is like a complicated piece of classical music that you can't comprehend how difficult it is because it sounds beautiful and by darn, they make it look easy.

If you are a fan of historical fiction with a bent of romance, Heyer is truly one of the masters. She has paved the way for both Lauren Willig's The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and the mystery romance of Deanna Raybourn's seriesSilent In The Grave.
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