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The Fire King (Dirk & Steele, Book 9) (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Marjorie Liu

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Title:The Fire King (Dirk & Steele, Book 9)
Authors:Marjorie Liu
Info:Leisure Books (2009), Edition: Original, Mass Market Paperback, 307 pages
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An abomination in the eyes of other shifters the male is Chimera, born of two shifter species and hunted for it. They have a mental instability that causes them to snap without warning and after such a spell, the man realizes he's killed his friends woman. So he committed suicide only to wake 1000 years in the future and kidnapped by modern day shifters. The heroine can speak and understand any language so she's sent in to determine if he's a threat or not. She's been through a horrible trauma that cost her her arm but although she's tortured with self conscious and lingering pain in the stump she's strong and intelligent and a survivor. She saves the male though it's very clear he doesn't trust her and together they go in search of his people. The book was very nice, as all of Marjorie books are. The characters started out as enemies, then partners. Then the became friends before finally turning into lovers. The evolution of their love was believable. With them gradually beginning to respect one another and not tossing out words like love or romance prematurely. It was nice to see that as I find sometimes characters fall in love far too quickly and therefore cheapen the romance somehow. Marvelous addition to a stellar series. ( )
  Eden00 | May 14, 2016 |
Karr was killed 3,000 years ago but wakes up to find his world changed. Soria is still adjusting to the loss of her arm a year ago, but has the unique ability to 'hear' and understand all languages. She's sent to talk to Karr and find out if he's dangerous or not. Turns out Karr is a chimera - lion and dragon. ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
Amazon preorder,Amazon received
  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
I love that in a book with three thousand year old shape shifters and psychic translators, the only moment that broke my suspension of disbelief was "Oh, sure, he cuffed her at wrist and upper arm? On the same arm?! The amazing redundant serial killer!". The old dragon is really getting on my nerves, though things turn out better in this book than expected. Also didn't expect Roland to turn up as an ex boyfriend. I wonder if he will ever get a HEA? ( )
  Capnrandm | Apr 15, 2013 |
I enjoyed this one much more than the previous installment in the series, The Wild Road, mostly because of the heroine. Soria is a former agent of the Dirk and Steele detective agency, someone who can understand and speak any living language (most awesome superpower ever, y/y? She says as a medievalist who struggles with Latin), who left the agency after suffering a disabling injury.

While this book has the same flaws as Liu's other books (her prose never rises above the serviceable; some of the dialogue makes me wince), I'm willing to take that for an awesome, multiracial heroine who is sexy and kickass despite having lost an arm. (Was anyone else picturing her being played by Zoe Saldana?) Also to be liked: older women being awesome and in control; the reappearance of Eddie and Koni. ( )
  siriaeve | Feb 28, 2010 |
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Long ago, shape-shifters were plentiful, soaring through the sky as crows, racing across African veldts as cheetahs, raging furious as dragons atop the Himalayas. Like gods, they reigned supreme. But even gods have laws, and those laws, when broken, destroy.

Zoufalství. Epätoivo. Asa. Three words in three very different languages, and yet Soria understands. Like all members of Dirk & Steele, she has a gift, and hers is communication. When she is chosen to learn the dead language of a shape-shifter resurrected after thousands of years of icy sleep, she discovers a warrior consumed with fury.

Strong as a lion, quick as a serpent—Karr is his name, and in his day he was king. But he is a son of strife, a creature of tragedy. As fire consumed all he loved, so death was to be his atonement. Now, against his will, he has awoken. Zoufalství. Epätoivo. Asa. In English, the word is despair. But Soria knows the words for love.

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"Zoufalství. Epätoivo. Asa. Three words in three very different languages, and yet Soria understands. Like all members of Dirk & Steele, she has a gift, and hers is communication: That was why she was chosen to address the stranger. Strong as a lion, quick as a serpent, Karr is his name, and in his day he was king. But he is a son of strife, a creature of tragedy. As fire consumed all he loved, so an icy sleep has been his atonement. Now, against his will, he has awoken. In English, the word is despair. But Soria knows the words for love."--p.[4] cover.… (more)

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