by Lynn Kerstan

November 2003
ISBN: 0-451-41116-1
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Mass Market Paperback

One of the most intriguing characters I have encountered in my reading is Helena Pryce, personal assistant extraordinaire. I was drawn to her wit, resourcefulness and take-charge efficiency in the other two tales in this outstanding trilogy. Her personality remained a mystery, as shrouded as her eyes, shielded from the light by specially fitted lenses. I wondered whose story would be told in this final tale. I am pleased to say it is hers.

The Silver Lion reunites the main characters from the Heart of the Tiger and The Golden Leopard, drawn back into the story by the common thread of Miss Pryce, who finds herself seeking a new position. She is, however, only interviewing with one person - Derek Leighton, the Earl of Varden, known to some as The Archangel. Varden’s household is in an uproar and not even Helena’s impeccable references can secure her a position with the nobleman - unless she passes the test he has set before her.

As the story unfolds, we learn about Helena’s unorthodox youth, and the truth behind the polite mask she presents to society. We also learn about the demons that drive Varden, and put him in the path of danger and intrigue.

The Silver Lion is well-written, with excellent pacing. The reader is quickly caught up in the plot, and remains riveted until the stunning conclusion. There are twists and turns a-plenty, and I was surprised on several occasions. The book is an excellent ending for a strong trilogy filled with romance, passion, intrigue and suspense. I will be glad to add it to my “keeper” shelf, and look forward to her next book.

Reviewed in October 2003 by Paula.

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