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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Zoë Archer: BLADES OF THE ROSE

Author:  Zoë Archer
Series:  BLADES OF THE ROSE
Plot Type:  SMR, HIS
Ratings:  V-4, S-4, H-2
Publisher and Titles:  Zebra
     Warrior (2010)
     Scoundrel (2010)
     Rebel (2010)
     Stranger (2010)
     "The Undying Heart" in Half Past Dead anthology (Kensington, 2010)

          OVERVIEW OF THE WORLD-BUILDING          
     Two groups face off in this series as both attempt to locate and control the Sourcesmagical objects imbued with various powers (e.g., Thor's hammer, which can instigate horrendous thunderstorms). The Blades of the Rose is a group of good guys; the Heirs of Albion are the extremely evil villains.

     Each book focuses on one Blades couple as they meet, fight (but not too hard) their attraction to one another, and go off into their soul-mate future.

     Each book is set in a different part of the world: WarriorMongolia;  ScoundrelGreece; RebelAlaska; Stranger and "The Undying Heart"—England.

     Although these books all take place during the mid-1800s, they do not have the usual historical feeleither in language or manners. The heroines are much more modern in their behavior and outlook than most Victorian ladies found in romantic novels, and the men come across as very early feministsthey want their women fighting right next to them on the front lines.

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