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The Spymaster's Lady

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

This woman can write!

Other reviewers have written about the characters and the story, so I'll address Ms. Bourne's writing, itself: the woman is a rare talent. As a published author myself, I know good technique when I read it, and that's why this story 'works.' This is intelligent writing ...
Other reviewers have written about the characters and the story, so I'll address Ms. Bourne's writing, itself: the woman is a rare talent. As a published author myself, I know good technique when I read it, and that's why this story 'works.' This is intelligent writing that doesn't treat the reader like an idiot who needs to be spoon-fed every nuance and plot point. I enjoyed this book so much and was so delighted with the writing that I won't be trading my copy at the used bookstore. Rather, it has already joined the select few books, just over a dozen to date, that are my 'keeps' novels. Keep at it, Joanna we're waiting for the next one.

posted by Anonymous on February 13, 2008

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Worst Spy Ever

I had high hopes for this book, based on the premise and reviews, but it did not live up to them. The heroine was a constant contradiction. She supposed to have been a French super spy, which you would think would make her patriotic, deadly, brave, good at keeping and...
I had high hopes for this book, based on the premise and reviews, but it did not live up to them. The heroine was a constant contradiction. She supposed to have been a French super spy, which you would think would make her patriotic, deadly, brave, good at keeping and discerning secrets, and able to elude a tail, and yet she consistently managed to fail at all of these basic spy qualifications. She was constantly afraid, blabbed her entire life story to a complete stranger, and was caught by her enemies numerous times (one time she was "tricked" and unknowingly walked straight into their headquarters!). She refused to shot or kill anyone, regardless of the circumstances. It was like reading about two different people.

As for the romance, well, it didn't make any sense either. The hero and heroine meet up, she, for reasons known only to the author, rescues him and his friend from prison, even though they are English spies and therefore no allies of hers, they then turn on her and capture her. She falls in love with the hero for absolutely no reason. They have no chemistry, he treats her ruthlessly, and yet, we are told that they love each other.

As for the oh-so-convenient revelations near the end of the book, I was so annoyed that I almost threw the book across the room. I won't say what they were but they defied belief, especially if you have any knowledge of European history around this time.

I gave the book two stars, and not one, simply for the attempt at originality. If the author could work at consistent characterization and building more believable twists, then I would consider giving her another try but until then, I will not be wasting my money on any future novels from her.

posted by 122392 on April 12, 2010

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  • Posted February 6, 2015

    Exceptional!

    Outstanding cat-and-mouse spy thriller romance set in late 1700s France, after the Revolution. The heroine is one of the strongest, most interesting I have encountered in a great while. The tension between the hero and heroine, who are spies for opposing sides, is great reading. Highly recommend the entire Spymaster Series by Joanna Bourne.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2008

    Wrong genre

    This is a well written thought out book. But it does not belong in the romance genre. The two lead characters were well thought out there romance and how they fell in love with each other was not. One minute Annique is Grey's prison and he has drugged her with opium after she saves his friend the next shes in love with him! It was as if you were walking on a clear and sunny day then all the sudden your hit by a lightening bolt. It made no since! The plot did keep you guessing with all its twist and turns but...this is not a romance book.

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