Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Hidden Blade (The Heart of Blade Duology #1) by Sherry Thomas

You know how some book's synopsis sometimes seem to have been "changed at birth", when you compare them with the actual book?
Well, not this one! ;)
This story really is a mix of "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" with "Downton Abbey", or some other Regency inspired series.
I loved "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon"!
Downton Abbey? Well I have seen some episodes, but I am not crazy about it.

In this tale the author gives us the background of  the main character's lives who will "star" in "My beautiful enemy" novel.
Through different cultures, and settings, we accompany Leighton's and Ying Ying growth from children to young adults.
How they were raised, what they had to fight against, and especially which social constraints that period threw at them...Ying Ying more than Leighton, although the boy doesn't end up having an easy life.

This has some action scenes _more towards the end _ but the story really has its worth, on its ability to make that time period come alive on each and every page, from the traditions to social practices. Eastern and western.

 Also, the author managed to create a strong female character capable of taking care of herself in a very difficult time period for women, and that isn't a small achievement!
Thank you for that.
Despite all the situations that Ying Ying ends up facing, she never comes out as a victim.

The descriptions are beautifully done, the characters felt original, and the setting is just haunting.
Suffice to say that a "Beautiful Enemy" read is coming next.
p.s . I have however to mention this, because I got really upset by it's non existence...
That's what happens with expectations, you know?

Where is my chopped villain??? o_O

 Author's Official Site

Buy " The Hidden Blade" (Yes, the BD has it!!)


  1. This book makes me eager to learn more about Chinese history.

    And man, I loved the martial arts bits. Quite cool. Thomas is very adept at creating a world and making it feel real, even though it's just historical.

  2. The author gave us a whole new world, and it never became boring or difficult to get into it.
    I did too! The scenes were really vivid!
    I can't wait to hear your opinion on the second one of the series, for us to compare notes :)


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