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The Fire King by Marjorie Liu
August 24, 2009 - Amy Phelps
New York Times bestselling author Marjorie Liu continues her popular Dirk and Steele series in "The Fire King."
Soria works with a variety of magical creatures, or she did until a recent battle that left her losing an arm and emotionally scarred as well. She herself has been known to read minds, and has a gift of languages. It is in this capacity that she is called in to help with a powerful and potentially dangerous shapeshifter.
Karr is an ancient shifter who has just awoken after centuries. He fears the other shifters and lashes out at them. As Soria speaks to him and learns what he is - a chimera - half lion and half dragon, another group of people attack and try to capture him. Soria takes him with her in an attempt to find out what both sides want from him - and to help him herself.
As Soria learns more of his past, she begins to see past his deadly exterior to the man underneath. Can Soria and Karr find their way past their wounded pasts to a future together?
I haven't read the other books in the series, and this was pretty easy for me to pick up and follow. The characters stand on their own right and the rest of the background is spelled out enough for new readers. It's sure to be a satisfying read for new and old readers alike.
"The Fire King" is published by Dorchester. It is $7.99 and 307 pages long.
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