Reviewer: Danielle Mason
Title: The Fire King - 9th in the Dirk and Steele series
Author: Marjorie Liu
Release Date: July 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, United States/China
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Marjorie's Website/Blog: www.marjoriemliu.com
Karr is a Chimera, or the unique type of shape shifter you get when two different breeds of shape shifter fall in love and have a child. In Karr's case he's part dragon and part lion. When he shifts he becomes a mixture of both.
Thousands of years ago Karr committed suicide over something horrible he did. Now he has been awoken into a time and a world he doesn't understand nor can he be understood in. That is when Soria is called in to help. Soria's special talent is understanding languages. She just absorbs the languages somehow and is able to both speak and understand the language within moments of being exposed to it.
When Soria and Karr are first around each other something just clicks between them. Soria, even knowing how dangerous Karr could potentially be, can tell that he doesn't want to hurt anyone on purpose. Karr realizes something even more important. He realizes that Soria is his lifeline and the only person he can communicate with in this strange world he has found himself in. They also soon realize that together they have to fight a mutual enemy to keep safe the one thing that is truly sacred to the Chimera people, their children. All the while trying to figure if what they are feeling towards one another is just because of the circumstances they have been thrown into together or true in their hearts.
The relationship between Karr and Soria is the reason I could not put this book down for anything. I loved how they were written. The way they fought one another but at the same time were doing everything to make sure the other was safe or didn't need any help. I also enjoyed the way they were comfortable around each other from the beginning; even while not trusting. To me that is the way most if not all relationships whether romantic or just friendship start out and progress.
This book never has dull moment in it. It keeps you reading no matter what you have to do around your house. I mean if you have laundry to do you take the book with you and with one hand you are switching clothes. You just cannot put it down. It is full of action and the romance is sizzling. I highly recommend reading any of Marjorie Liu's books because she knows how to pull you in and keep you until the ride is over.
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