Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Wild Road by Marjorie Liu

The Wild Road
A Dirk & Steele Novel
Marjorie Liu
Leisure Books
July 29, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-8439-5939-0

From the back cover:
Lannes Hannelore is one of a dying race born to protect mankind against demonic forces. And while those who look upon him see a beautiful man, this illusion is nothing but a prison. His existence is one of pure isolation, hiding in plain sight, with brief solace found in simple pleasures: stretching his wings on a stormy night, long late drives on empty highways, the deep soul of sad songs. But when Lannes finds a young woman covered in blood—desperate and alone, with no memory or past—he will be drawn into a mystery that makes him question all he knows. And though it goes against his nature and everything he fears, Lannes will risk his heart, his secrets, and his very soul, in order to save someone who could be the love of his life...or the end of it.

My thoughts:
A woman wakes surrounded by a horrifically bloody scene and has no memory of what’s happened or who she is. She runs from the room and finds herself with Lannes, a man with his own secrets who’s willing to help. Together they try to unravel her past with little to go by. As clues emerge they follow them to their end, revealing a decades old mystery that has a bizarre connection to the amnesiac woman’s current situation.

Lannes is a gargoyle whose race is dying off with little hope for their future. Hiding away after being kidnapped and tortured by a crazy witch, Lannes has little contact with the outside world. When he ventures out to visit a friend, his life takes a sharp turn in the form of a woman he catches in the act of trying to break-in to his car. She’s a woman in need of rescue and protection, and that’s a combination Lannes can’t resist.

The Wild Road takes readers on a wild ride from the opening to the surprising end. While the characters have endured difficult times in their lives, their strengths are well described and shine through the shadows that surround them both. Ms. Liu has quickly become one of my favorite authors with her solid writing and engaging tales. The Wild Road is heavy on paranormal mystery and realistic in its romance. The creative twists and turns made it impossible to set down and I thoroughly enjoyed every chapter. This is listed as the 8th Dirk & Steele story in the series, but is easily read as a stand alone.

You can read the first chapter of The Wild Road by visiting the publisher’s site: Here

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


Wendy said...

I loved this book, very nice review! :)

Kimberly Swan said...

Thanks Wendy! She's really a terrific writer and now among my favorites. :)