Thursday, June 24, 2010
Julia Reviews "The Spymaster's Lady"
Title/Author: The Spymaster's Lady by Joanna Bourne
Publisher/Year Published: 2008 by Berkley
How I got this book: Checked out of the library
Why I read this book: To prove the old adage "You can't judge a book by it's cover"
Rating: 4 stars
Seriously. Let's start right off the bat by gazing at this cover. I try not to judge books by their covers, really I do. But the first time I picked up this book, I doubted that anything within would be worth my time.
I was wrong.
The Spymaster's Lady, despite its cover, is not about oiled chests, getting men out of their clothes or even carrying around guns in one's waistband. It's about spies; spies for England and spies for Napoleon/France. Even though I found this in the romance section, I would classify this book more as an adventure romance with the heavy emphasis being on the adventure and not the romance. The romance is there, it's just not as prominent as you would normally find in romance novels. Don't get me wrong there are still a couple of steamy scenes, it was just that I cared more about the spy games then the love games.
This book picks you right up from the first pages and does not let go until it thinks you should be let go. You find yourself caring for all of these characters and cheering for them to conquer the multiple hurdles thrown in their paths. The two leads, especially the female lead, you come to know and understand. This book has no whimpering female either. She is more hard core than most women of today.
If you like adventure and don't mind a little bit of romance, give The Spymaster's Lady a try. Ignore the cover (although I must mention that they did just rerelease it with a less chest-y cover). Embrace the chase and underhanded cunning. Enjoy the well written, engaging spy games.
I give it 4 sparkling, well oiled stars.