Wow. This is a powerful read. Dark as hell, but still powerful. I want to give it five stars, but I just couldn't get into the format. I hate that it started the way it did as I didn't know anything about Livia and it painted her in a bad light. I feel the book would have been way more powerful if it was linear, as I found myself clinging to every word in the THEN parts and not caring about the NOW because it wasn't the Livia I was coming to love. She was in the end, but it was like reading two different people, and I preferred the writing of child Livia to the dark, cold adult Livia (as we don't get both in one until the end). That threw off the flow for me. Other than that, damn good book.
If you liked the John Rain series by Eisler, you'll like this one too.
Very thrilling book, from beginning to end. Eisler does a great job with character descriptions and keeping one on the edge of your seat.
This is a dark, intense thriller with many scenes of graphic sex & violence. But it’s also an absorbing story with a compelling cast. Seems like the start of series and I would read more. I found it comparable to Ava Lee series by Ian Hamilton.
An unusual and interesting premise: Trafficking victim turned vengeful dragon.
The narrative voice is simplistic. Livia’s characterization, hard to swallow. We are to believe this fierce girl is a polymath, but her long quest to find her sister is pretty formulaic. Her English gets better; she brings home As; she stars in college.
But when Livia gets really, really mad at bad guys, there’s a bit of kinky eroticism. And the details about martial arts and phone surveillance are addictive in a violent sort of way.
At the book’s end, Barry Eisler provides notes and links which offer readers additional insights into fancy fighting knives, jiujitsu moves, and sobering cases involving human trafficking.
In so many ways, this is not an easy read, but the plot is undeniably compelling: Who doesn’t want to root against sleazy traffickers and pedophiles?
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