Tiger Eye: A great deal of depth and emotion

Marjorie M. Liu Dirk & Steele 1. Tiger Eyefantasy book and game review Marjorie M. Liu Dirk & Steele 1. Tiger EyeTiger Eye by Marjorie M. Liu

Having enjoyed Marjorie M. Liu’s Hunter Kiss urban fantasy series, I decided to look into her paranormal romance series, Dirk & Steele.

Tiger Eye is the first novel in the Dirk & Steele sequence. The heroine, Dela Reese, is a sculptor with a psychic affinity for metal. On a trip to China, she buys a mysterious riddle box and finds herself bound to Hari, an immortal shapeshifter, by magical forces beyond their control. What follows is a fast-paced plot in which the two must evade danger (both mundane and supernatural) and contend with their growing feelings for one another.

The romance is well-written, with a great deal of depth and emotion; the love scenes are both sizzling and tender. Fans of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s early novels will enjoy Tiger Eye, and I suspect that fans of Anne Bishop‘s Black Jewels series will feel the same way.

Stylistically, Tiger Eye is written in simpler, less avant-garde prose than the Hunter Kiss books; which series you prefer will likely be a matter of taste. Like Hunter Kiss, though, Tiger Eye has moments where the prose is so beautiful that I had to stop reading and grin at the pages, often through a tear or two.

Most of the conflict in Tiger Eye is external. If you’re into romances where the protagonists bicker constantly throughout the story, you won’t find that here. However, if you’re looking for interesting characters, haunting magic, and “true love conquering all,” you need look no further.


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KELLY LASITER is a mild-mannered academic administrative assistant by day, but at night she rules over a private empire of tottering bookshelves. Kelly is most fond of fantasy set in a historical setting (a la Jo Graham) or in a setting that echoes a real historical period (a la George RR Martin and Jacqueline Carey). She also enjoys urban fantasy and its close cousin, paranormal romance, though she believes these subgenres’ recent burst in popularity has resulted in an excess of dreck. She is a sucker for pretty prose (she majored in English, after all) and mythological themes.

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3 comments

  1. Wonderful review!

    I discovered Marjorie through her Dirk & Steele series and fell in love with her writing. While I enjoy her Hunter Kiss series, D&S will always hold a place in my heart.

    Tiger Eye was definitely one of my faves =)

  2. I’ve only read a couple of the Dirk & Steele books but I intend to someday get to the ones I’ve missed! Liu has a ton of imagination, and I love that her books feature smart, capable heroines and heroes who appreciate those traits, and both protagonists will just be plain ol’ good people. So many PNRs have macho jerks as heroes instead.

  3. i’ve read hunter kiss and dirk steele they are both awesome

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