Oct 19, 2010

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Review: Scoundrel by Zoe Archer (The Blades of the Rose #2)

Paranormal Romance
October 5 2010
Mass Market Paperback
320 pages
Zebra Books

Yummy Man – Bennett Day
Kick Ass Chick – London Harcourt

From Goodreads
“The Blades of the Rose are sworn to protect the sources of magic in the world. But the work is dangerous—and they can’t always protect their own…
Ready For Action
London Harcourt’s father is bent on subjugating the world’s magic to British rule. But since London is a mere female, he hasn’t bothered to tell her so. He’s said only that he’s leading a voyage to the Greek isles. No matter, after a smothering marriage and three years of straitlaced widowhood, London jumps at the opportunity—unfortunately, right into the arms of Bennett Day.
Risking It All
Bennett is a ladies’ man, when he’s not dodging lethal attacks to protect the powers of the ancients from men like London’s father. Sometimes, he’s a ladies’ man even when he is dodging them. But the minute he sees London he knows she will require his full attention. The woman is lovely, brilliant, and the only known speaker of a dialect of ancient Greek that holds the key to calling down the wrath of the gods. Bennett will be risking his life again—but around London, what really worries him is the danger to his heart…”

With its action, adventure, danger, magic and romance mixed with exotic locales, wonderful characters and slimy bad guys all wrapped in the author’s talent for storytelling, this is a wonderful and fun series.  And I am really enjoying it.

“Scoundrel” in the second book in Zoe Archer’s The Blades of the Rose series.  This time around we follow Bennett Day, a Blade (a secret society charged with guarding the world’s magic), who has been deployed to Greece where the annoying and self serving Heirs have gathered.  They only reason the Heirs gather anywhere is when they are close to discovering the location of a Magical Source.  The Heirs want to steal the world’s magic and use it to empower England and make it the ultimate ruling country.  Once Bennett arrives in Greece, he meets a lovely English lady who happens to be the daughter of one of the Heirs.  He’s confused by why she is there (since the Heirs never employ women) but soon finds out that she is the key to finding the Source that he must get to before the Heirs do.

London Harcourt has a secret.  She is an expert in linguistics.  Especially the most ancient of languages.  That is it was her secret until recently, when her father discovered it.  You see, ladies in 1875 England aren’t supposed to be smart beyond what they need to make proper wives.  London’s father, Edgeworth, happens to be one of the Heirs’ inner circle and needs London’s talent to decipher the writings they have recently discovered in Greece.  London is widowed and knows nothing of the Heirs or of the existence of magic.  Once she arrives in Greece, she is kidnapped by Bennett and his associate Athena and told the truth about her father, the Heirs and the existence of the Blades of the Rose.  London is shocked…and has a difficult decision to make.  Does she continue with her father in his mission or does she join the Blades and Bennett, and leave her entire life as she knows it behind?

I really enjoyed watching London grow and become her own person throughout this story.  She is craving adventure and not afraid to get her hands dirty.  She is treated like a delicate English rose by her father and his peers, but in truth she is quite the little spitfire.  And she is a perfect match for Bennett.  Bennett has a reputation for being quite the scoundrel and unwilling to attach himself to any one woman.  His partners tend to just take whatever he is prepared to give and be happy with that.  London is not taking his crap and he’s a little taken aback.  It’s great!  Bennett is fantastic and funny.

I thought the action and adventure and danger in “Warrior” was intense, but it was nowhere near the levels you see in “Scoundrel”.   It was definitely turned up a notch in this one.  Something else that was even better this time around was the supporting characters.  Athena Galanos, a born witch whose family is proudly made up of women who only use men as sperm donors, and Nikos Kallas, the ship captain who agrees to help charter the Greek seas alongside the Blades were wonderful.  They also had quite a bit of chemistry on the page, which was super fun to witness!  It’s always nice when the supporting cast adds as much to the story as the lead characters.

I am very happy that I have decided to continue with this series, and “Scoundrel” has left me wanting even more.  I mentioned exotic locales in my opening paragraph…  Well “Rebel”, the next book in the series, is going to be taking place in the most exotic locale to date.  It’s taking place in Canada!  So you know it will be the best book so far!  😉  Expect “Rebel” in stores October 26th 2010 and the fourth book, “Stranger”, where we will finally know all about the brilliant but somewhat mysterious Catullus Graves, to hit bookstore shelves November 23rd 2010.

4.5 stars

Giggle worthy quotes
“There was something about mothers that brought out the petulant child in everyone, no matter one’s age or station.  How depressing.”
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“’What kind of name is London?’ he asked suddenly.  ‘I’ve never met anybody with that name before.’
Who knew what directions his clever mind would take?  ‘My full name is Victoria Regina Gloriana London Edgeworth Harcourt.’
‘Great God, how cumbersome to embroider.’”

Books in The Blades of the Rose series –
Warrior
Scoundrel
Rebel (October 2010)
Stranger (November 2010)

  1. Oh wow awesome review! I’ve never read Zoe Archer, apparently I am really missing out. 🙂

  2. FV – I like her style. It’s different from anything else I have in my book closet. I think that’s one of the reasons I like her series so much – it’s a change of pace for me. 🙂

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