Dirk & Steele, Book 1
Publisher: Lovespell Books
Date Published: December 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Tammy
Obtained via publisher
The first book in Marjorie M. Liu’s Dirk & Steele series, TIGER EYE, takes readers on a journey to a fantastical world where magical warriors, evil mages, curses and love eternal springs to life.
Like Aladdin and his magic lamp, Dela Reese has a puzzle box that when opened unleashes a magical warrior that is forced by a curse, to do the owner of the box’s bidding. Dela wants nothing to do with forcing anyone to do anything, and tells the surprised warrior just that. Hari has been enslaved by the box for millennia and has a hard time, believing Dela simply wants to set him free. While Dela and Hari search for a way to break the curse, someone is trying to kill Dela to get to the box and Hari.
Marjorie Liu’s TIGER EYE takes readers on a fantastical journey where ancient warriors appear out of nowhere prepared to do as asked, where good really does win over evil and the impossible becomes possible. Hari has been tortured and abused for what seems like forever, when he suddenly finds his new mistress simply wants to set him free. Trust is very difficult for Hari, but Dela proves herself worthy of his trust and she opens Hari’s heart to the possibility of love and a future outside the box. Hari is a complex character both deeply tortured yet every bit the honorable warrior willing, to do whatever it takes to keep his mistress safe. Dela is a strong, modern woman willing to accept the unbelievable in order to have her happily ever after.
This storyline is fast paced and stretches the imagination. The characters are vibrant and bigger than life. Fans of fantasy and happily ever after endings are sure to enjoy TIGER EYE, Marjorie Liu’s first book in her Dirk & Steele series.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.