Sunday, June 16, 2013

Review: The Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin

The Sword Dancer (Sword Dancer, #1)
 Title:  The Sword Dancer (Tang Dynasty #4)
Publisher/Publication Date:  Harlequin Historical,  May 21, 2013
Format/Source:  Paperback, Author
Genre: Historical Romance
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Synopsis from Goodreads

The Thief Who Stole His Heart

Sword dancer Li Feng is used to living life on the edge of the law—a woman alone in the dangerous world of the Tang Dynasty has only her whirlwind reflexes to trust. She will discover the truth about her past, even if that means outwitting the most feared thief-catcher of them all...

Relentless, handsome and determined, Han sees life—and love—as black and white. Until he finally captures the spirited, courageous Li Feng, who makes him question everything he thought he knew about right and wrong. Soon he's faced with an impossible choice: betray the elusive sword dancer he is learning to love, or trust his long-disregarded heart and follow her to dangerous, tempting rebellion...
I loved the world building in The Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin as it whisked me away to another place and another time. I was captivated as I witnessed the amazing romantic tale of Li Feng, the sword dancer aka a thief, and Han, a thief catcher, unfold. It was set in the Tang Dynasty AD 848. The descriptions were so well-written that I could conceive a clear picture of the setting, people, laws, and values of the time period. From the hierarchical justice system to the customs and beliefs, Lin skillfully weaves bits of history throughout this fantastic tale.
The strong female heroine was intriguing, and I just loved how Han chased after Li Feng as she kept slipping out of his reach. I liked the fact that Li Feng was so strong that it compelled her to stand firm by her beliefs and fight for what she believed in.
As for the plot it took a slightly different turn than what I’d foreseen. And I was shocked by some of the twists along the way as Li Feng searched for answers regarding what happened to her family.
I am definitely looking forward to reading books 1-3 of the Tang Dynasty series and future work by Jeannie Lin. If you’re looking for an exciting historical romance novel, The Sword Dancer is a must Read.
I received a copy of the Sword Dancer from the author, Jeannie Lin, for an unbiased review. Thank You.

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