Image of The Fire King (Dirk & Steele, Book 9)


Image of The Fire King (Dirk & Steele, Book 9)

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.

Former Dirk and Steele operative Soria is still recovering from the incident that cost her an arm. She's in no mood to take a job for Roland, but her unique gift at understanding any language is vital: A man who speaks a language no one understands has been found in an ancient tomb.

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)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith