THE FIRE KING
Genetics and taboos are the major themes of Liu's latest Dirk and Steele offering. Her new heroine is damaged physically and still recovering emotionally. Setting the action in remote areas of China lends it the feeling of centuries-old conflict. Complexity of character and motivation are a Liu trademark, and they always guarantee an exceptional read from this outstanding author.
While Karr is clearly a shapeshifter, he is also something completely different. Soria quickly discovers there are other shapeshifters who want to kill him and destroy evidence of his existence. What is Karr's deadly secret? In the center of a storm of violence and treachery, Soria and Karr must learn if they can risk both passion and trust. (LEISURE, Aug., 336 pp., $7.99)