Thumbs up for The Devil’s Concubine by Jill Braden. Fantasy.
I do enjoy a good ruthless heroine. (The humor of posting this review back-to-back with Maestra does not escape me.) It’s good that this series recently got new covers—the old ones gave the incorrect impression that this series were erotic or paranormal romances, which is not the case at all. Yes, there’s chemistry (and, even better, witty repartee) between the main characters, but it’s really a murder investigation/revenge story. What sets it apart is the evocatively-described world, which draws from various island and Asian cultures. Add in shapeshifters, a struggle against colonialists, and a complicated heroine, you’ve got a thoroughly enjoyable start to a series. The first book is free as an ebook, so I highly recommend picking it up.
“I’ll bet you fill out a vicious form, Mister Zul. Emphatic verbs and terse sentences. I can picture the Thampurian government quaking as they read it.”
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