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Silk and Shadows

(Silk Trilogy #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,475 ratings  ·  216 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author—a classic love story that has become one of her most beloved and acclaimed historical romances...

He called himself Peregrine, and like the falcon he was wild and free. He was superbly handsome, fabulously wealthy, overwhelmingly seductive. He cut a dazzling swath through Victorian London—and wove a web of desire around beautiful a
Mass Market Paperback, 431 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Signet (first published 1991)
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Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
It's been many years since I read this book. After I started my "relationship" with Kindle, I have downloaded this book remembering that I really liked the book when I was but a young girl. I have recommended the book to a few GR friends as one of my favorites from Mary Jo Putney but had never re-read it until tonight. And I am finally writing a proper review for it.

After paging through a few "new" regency novels, all with glowing ratings and written in the past 5 years, I got really tired of a
Alexis Hall
Let's just say this: I normally really enjoy MJP and this book has not aged well.

Trigger warnings for this review.

I think revenge narratives in romance are inherently difficult - for all the Count of Monte Cristo is a sexy motherfucker he destroys literally everything and everyone around him for reasons that become increasingly detached from, and have never been justified by, the reality of his own suffering. Don't get me wrong, I love that book, but it it's not ... y'know ... *romantic*. Althou
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: victorian
I'm not sure how I missed this story until now. The author is a reliable "go to" storyteller for me and this turned out to be no exception.

He called himself Peregrine, the wanderer, and he came to London for revenge.

With this intriguing opening line, Ms. Putney introduces us to a mysterious and exotic man who would become a hero of the story. Who is he? We know that he came from a remote area of Central Asia. He goes by the name of Prince Peregrine of Kafiristan, Mikahl. Slowly throughout th
DNF at 26%

Unfortunately I can't muster enough interest to continue. The revenge angle is too open, there is no mystery. The characters are written in such a way that it feels like the author was trying to make them into something they were not. I didn't feel any chemistry or even mutual like between the MCs. Maybe one day I will continue, but today is not that day. This is the case of it's me not you here. The writing is perfectly fine, it's just not for me.
This started out so promising, a 3 possibly a 4 star book with great writing, a dark and mysterious alpha hero in search of revenge and an intelligent heroine with her own, much milder past. At the 37% mark, thank you Kindle for accuracy, I had my first doubts then, later, smart characters doing stupid things ruined it.

Mikhael, the H has come to England to exact revenge on Charles, smug, self-satisfied, VERY ambitious fiancee of Sara, the beloved cousin to H’s BF. Charles is also a very evil doe
Oct 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Well, hello, definitely lust at first sight by Sara when she meets Peregrine. By the way for some weird reason the name Peregrine is keeping me out of the story somewhat.
So sad when Peregrine meets Jenny Miller in the virgins brothel and she describes what life choices she really has. Just depressing knowing women's lives were really like this and still like this is some parts of the world. Oh man I just kept thinking please, please Peregrine save her. This line made my eyes water: "If he chose,
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wrote a similar review for MJP'S The Rake. As a romance novel this book merits 3 stars; however, as a historical fiction this book deserves 5 stars. You know 'comfortable' is a dangerous state of being...because it is tantamount to a constant state of being which allows no room for change and therefore no room for growth. MJP knows how to force you out of your comfort zone. She knows how to get under your skin and invade your mind and plant small worms of doubt that continue to move and slithe ...more
Zel Polev
Oct 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mikahl is Prince Peregrine and he has come to England for one purpose -- revenge. Lady Sara is the Duke of Haddonfield's daughter. When Sara is betrothed to Charles Weddon, Mikahl does everything in his power to break the betrothal. Once broken, he marries Sara. Mikahl hates Charles Weddon. He wants to destroy Charles and then kill him. But will Mikahl's vengeance cost him his wife? Can a man bent on revenge change his course?

Sara is a strong heroine with a moral fiber. Mikahl has suffered abuse
I first read this book quite a number of years ago and I've read it several times since that first time. It's one of the books I have in print but wanted to also get in ebook form so I would have it with me always. Mikhail or Perigrine as he is also known is a mysterious character bent on revenge. The book takes place in Victorian England and the object of Mikhails revenge is one Charles Weldon. I don’t want to give much away, but Mikhails need for revenge is understandable.

He appeals to his ol
After a few start-and-stops with Silk and Shadows, I finally got into it!

I read this for the revenge plot but I had to stop several times because Peregrine, marketed heavily as an exotic eastern prince, laid it on thick. I'm not saying that Peregrine is cringeworthy - he comes off quite suave, mysterious etc. but he was fetishized because he spent time in the east. I guessed early on something about his past, so it doubly irked me that he was considered so "oriental." Oh and the yin and yang dis
Jul 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
****Some spoilers be inevitable matey.. proceed wi' caution****

While this book is amazing as far as giving us an amazing story, I didn't connect to the H/H as much as I have in some of Putney's other stories. I'm not sure why I didn't really connect to either Peregrine or Sara, but I think it had something to do with the story of Revenge that permeated everything. I was too caught up in Peregrine's other motives. He was too secretive from her, he used her, and I knew it would come back to bite h
Our hero is an exotic 'prince' who has come to London to achieve rrrrrrevenge! A pity (not really, no) he ends up falling for his target's fiancee and sort of shifts focus to sexy makeouts. It's a lot of fun but I don't really have a lot to say about it, except that if you find mentions of child abuse (of sexual sort) triggering, stay away. Also, I am much less saintly than the heroine, so I was pretty POed when she told the hero that she gets why he wants revenge but she can't stay with someone ...more
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
A full meal, indeed. The backstory of revenge reminded me of "The Count of Monte Cristo". Fortunately this is a romance version so there is a happy ever after ending, cleverly done also. I've been on the edge of my seat for the last 20%.

I wondered how the author would redeem a man who is the hero but behaves like a villain convincingly.

Please see my GR friend Zoe's review for better details than I could ever write.
Oct 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
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3.5 stars I kind of struggled with most of this book. The writing was good but for whatever reason the story never really grabbed me. I don't particularly care for over the top evil villains and this book had a pretty despicable one so that might be part of the reason I wouldn't count this as a favorite. However, the two main characters were both likeable and saved the book from being a dnf for me. ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A must read! The Main male character in this book is like very original and like none of MJP other main male characters ! He is my Favorite!!

Emily S.
Mary Jo Putney is always a favorite! I liked this story of redemption and love.
Regan Walker
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Worthy Victorian Tale of Revenge and Redemption with a Mysterious Hero

Set in England at outset of the Victorian era in 1839, this is the story of Lady Sara St. James, the daughter of the Duke of Haddonfield and Mikahl Khanauri, an exotic chieftain from the East who has come to London for revenge on Sir Charles Weldon, betrothed to Sara. Mikahl is introduced to London society as Prince Peregrine of Kafiristan by his good friend Ross, Lord Carlisle, Sara’s cousin.

From the very beginning, practical
Dee Jay Blaylock

How intriguing to be wooed by an enigmatic foreigner.
Sara, who is betrothed to Charles Weldon, finds that her cousin Ross’s friend from Afghanistan to be a menace to her peace of mind and body.
As Peregrine and Sara find themselves ever more drawn to each other, Peregrine or Mikahl is drawn deeper into his plan of vengeance on Sara’s betrothed.
As the two go forward and end up marrying, Mikahl works on his plan to thwart Weldon in his business and wreak vengeance on whomever is in his o
Elissar اليسار
Jul 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Every once in a while I read a book so bad that I get even angrier at how there is no 'zero stars' option on here. This book was awful. It was so bad that I just skipped 10 chapters and the story picked up right where it had left off. She-is-saying-no-but-my-urge-is-too-strong kind of BS: Check. Racism/Islamophobia with no understanding of history: Check. Abnoxious 'hero': check. Insta-attraction that's difficult to believe even by HR standards: Check. You get the point, I have nothing but frust ...more
This was a tale filled with intrigue, lies, lust, passion and in the end enduring love shared by two people whose beginning was built on deception.

Lady Sara St. James proved herself to be a strong heroine just like "Peregrine"/Mikhal proved himself to be a better man than he thought he could be.

The savagery was offset by the softness that these two characters felt for each other and despite some rather brutal, and offensive to some, descriptive scenes this was a solid story to begin the series w
Sabrina Jeffries
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Actually, ALL of MJP's books are on my keeper shelf, but this is my favorite. I'll take Peregrine as a hero any day! He's a tortured hero who's lost his way, and Sara is the perfect foil for him—principled, kind, and warm. ...more
I like an angsty romance, more than a bit actually, but found this one to be a little over-wrought. I think that adding the villain's p.o.v. made the story incredibly unsubtle. I like Peregrine's emotional transformation but thought it came a little late in the story. ...more
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
The revenge plot was the only thing that kept me going and ultimately it failed to deliver. Disappointing book. Would not recommend.
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Too long and too slow.

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The best parts were between Slade and Jenny.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I loved this story. There was not a slow part in the whole book. I couldn't put it down, and I will definitely read more of her books.
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good characterization, interesting plot. *VERY MINOR SPOILERS*

I really appreciate an author who writes strong, well developed characters. Happily, Silk and Shadows has two: Mikhal (Michael), more antihero than hero and Sara, Lady St. James. By the end of the novel the reader really gets to know these characters, but whether or not you like them is up to you as both are not without some character flaws even if Sara comes perilously close to being too perfect. The few secondary characters are also
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
I've enjoyed some of Mary Jo Putney's other books, but this one didn't float my boat. Set in the early years of Queen Victoria's reign, it's well written, but the hero's character is all over the place. Peregrine is a fabulously wealthy foreigner, fixated on revenge against Weldon, a man who wronged him when he was a child in North Africa. He comes to England as a Kafir prince from Kafiristan. I had to look Kafiristan up. Wikipedia says: 'a historical region that covered present-day Nuristan Pro ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have read a lot of Regency Romance novels. But I've never read one quite as dark as 'Silk and Shadows'. Most often, the grittiest thing to happen in this genre is that someone removes their gloves in public, yet 'Silk and Shadows' there was any number of scandalous and horrific elements. (view spoiler)
Yes, it intrigued me to see such a spin on a
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She writes young adult fiction as M.J. Putney.

Mary Jo Putney was born on 1946 in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very com

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