by Stephanie Laurens

November 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-179514-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Many times, authors will start really well and as their series or other stories are thumped out at lightning speed, we see the quality diminish. Stephanie Laurens has written many books. My mother is one of her biggest fans and can go on for ages about her Cynster, Bastian Club and other miscellaneous stories. I've never personally read one of her novels, but I figured now was as good a time as any to begin.

I picked up the book and read the intro that she eloquently wrote in the front of the book. About the Black Cobra - “a fiendish villain” in a story set just after the battle of Waterloo. This series is going to be about heroes working together to bring an unknown fiend to justice and the women that steal their hearts along the way.

From the very beginning, I was pulled in by the prose and the elegant soldiers-turned-spies. An adventure quickly ensued and not since I had read Alexander Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo have I enjoyed a novel as much as this. The intrigue was constant, the romance genuine, her heroine strong, the characters defined and the story well sewn together. I had expected that with such a strong hero as Colonel Derek Delborough, the heroine would be meek and mild. However, Deliah turned out to be a cultured, sophisticated woman who I could enjoy reading and seeing through to the end.

I can't wait for the next book in the series!

Reviewed in November 2009 by Lucy.

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