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Posted August 26, 2013
Wen Li Feng remembers losing her family when she was only three
Wen Li Feng remembers losing her family when she was only three years old. All she has left is a piece of jade from her mother. When a shipment of gold and jade is stolen from a security warehouse, thief catchers are searching for the thief or thieves. Li Feng is traveling with a group of traveling entertainers that have the thief catches watching to see if any of them are the thief. While performing a beautiful sword dance she catches the eye of the most famous thief catcher Zheng Hao Han. Li Feng runs and Hao Han sets out to bring her in, believing she was involved in the theft. He soon discovers he is in for a long and intriguing chase.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Based on a poem, Jeannie Lin has written a wonderful story that takes place in 848 AD China during the Tang Dynasty. Not knowing much about China, I found the characters and the settings drawing me in as did the movie Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, only with a happily ever after ending.
Posted June 4, 2013
4.5 stars: THE SWORD DANCER is the latest release in Jeannie Li
4.5 stars: THE SWORD DANCER is the latest release in Jeannie Lin's series of historical romance/adventure novels set in the Tang Dynasty of China. I contacted Jeannie before reading the novel to ensure that I would not be confused or lost as the book is labeled number four, but she reassured me that each storyline is a stand-alone and the only connection is the historical period of the Tang Dynasty.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The premise focuses on sword dancer Li Feng avenging the loss of her family and Hao Han, a thief-collector whose latest target is Li Feng and the troupe of performers and dancers with whom she is travelling. As one of the most regaled thief-collectors it is Han's duty to hunt those held responsible for crimes against the government and the people, but his latest target slowly chips away at the cold façade and heart of a man whose life revolves around crime and punishment.
The storyline follows Han and Li Feng as they play a game of cat and mouse, all the while Li Feng searching for the man/men responsible for destroying her family and her childhood. While Han wants the man brought to justice, Li Feng wants revenge and retribution. Not only does Li Feng run for her life, but for her heart as well, as she begins to fall for the man ordered to bring her in.
Throughout the story the couple will discover that the search for those responsible goes much deeper than they first suspect. The storyline is awash in political intrigue and mystery, death and loss, action and adventure, suspense, espionage and vigilante justice. And we cannot forget about the developing relationship between Han and Li Feng. There is a mutual attraction between the pair: what started out as hunter and the hunted will become one of friendship out of necessity; and lovers over time.
The world building is smooth as well as the intricate personal and cultural details of the historical Tang Dynasty. Character development is fluid as we learn the truth behind Li Feng's life on the run, her family history and the mysterious jade pendant she holds close to her heart. Li Feng is a strong, independent woman who strives for the ultimate act of revenge. Hao Han's decision to search for those who break the law and his decision to keep family and business separate pushes him forward but he will eventually have to face the reality that the woman he seeks to bring in is the woman who stole his heart. As a thief-catcher, he has caught the ultimate law-breaker or has the law-breaker caught Hao Han? There is a fine line between right and wrong, and only retribution for those who have loved and lost.
Jeannie Lin pulls the reader into an exotic world of sword dancers, Asian culture and the fight for political and financial control of one of the world's precious minerals. From the street vendors and entertainers to the political back rooms where deals are made and broken, THE SWORD DANCER is a fascinating and colorful storyline with a likeable couple that I would definitely like to hear more about.
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