Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Sword Dancer

The Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin
5/5 stars
Harlequin, 2013
281 pages
Adult Historical Romance

Source: Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I've read several of Lin's historical romances before including the amazing My Fair Concubine last year, which completely blew me away. I was thus excited to return to historical China and meet some new amazing characters.

As expected, the hero and heroine were fantastic, each strong, powerful characters with tremendous physicality in addition to their growth as characters to confront the emotionally scarring moments of their past. My favorite part though is probably the way I read hero Han: a man who was attracted to the independence and agency of Li Feng. Though he wanted to take care of her and protect her, he also knew that she could take care of herself and he was attracted to her spirit. I just...I can't even fully describe how incredible I found their relationship to be.

The central conflict for them is that she is technically an outlaw with a soft touch for those in need while he is a thief catcher with a rigid sense of right and wrong that does not allow for leniency. They have several great conversations about their respective point of views and how they can move toward each other on the spectrum of what constitutes justice. In addition, I appreciated that they took a while to give into their physical urges-I like a slow burn.

As for the non-romance aspects, I ended up getting a little confused by the political conspiring going on. As Han and Li Feng discover, there is a salt smuggling ring going on (salt being a very valuable commodity at the time) in addition . But the last few chapters describing the new direction of Han's career with an official position in the government; there's another worker with a generous sense of right and wrong who was great to learn about.

Overall: Another great romance from Ms. Lin-definitely one to check out!

12 comments:

  1. This sounds really good -- I'll definitely check out this author's books!

    Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. I love her so much-I think she writes amazing characters and avoids a lot of problematic points in some historical romances.

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  2. The book and the author are both new to me. I'm gonna have to check it out, sounds pretty good. Glad you enjoyed it. Wonderful review.

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    1. Hope you do decide to check her out-great adult times!

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  3. I like the sound of this author's romance novels both because of the history and culture but also the love stories.

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    1. Have you read any of her books? I bet you would enjoy them.

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  4. Love the sound of this one. The historical aspect intrigues me and I can never turn away from a good romance. It sounds like this hero and heroine balance each other out. I'll be looking for this one.

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    1. They really do balance each other-love their strength!

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  5. Glad you enjoyed this one too. Their romance really was great. I loved how it didn't conform to romance novel norms. I too wasn't that into the salt smuggling thing, and found my attention wandering/myself confused. *shrugs*

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    1. The characters were definitely much stronger than some of the plot points, which is always a good thing in romance, I think.

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  6. Wow high praise, that's good enough for me to put this one on my wishlist. New-to-me author too so thanks for the highlight!

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    1. Hope you love it-I think she's such an awesome writer and she has several other titles you can try if you do like her writing.

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