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Summary ´ The Shadow and the Star 107 ë From nationally acclaimed bestselling author Laura Kinsale comes a boldly original breathlessly unforgettable tale of honour adventure and undying loveHe is a man of dark secrets wealthy strong majestically handsome the master of the ancient arts of a distant land Scarred by a cruel childhood he has sworNgeance and desire and surrender to the most dangerous love there ever could be Pure magic from beginning to end Nora Roberts A heart stopper mystical tender and sensual with a hero who will live in your heart forever Mary Jo Putney Laura Kinsale delivers powerful uniue romance laced with passion danger and compelling characters the hallmark of a first rate romance Amanda uic. This is my second re read of the bookPublished in 1991 it still holds its awesomeness on re read I'm in awe of the author who created this unforgettable romance and complex characters Please Ms Kinsale come back to writing

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He is innocent and nearly destitute yet she possesses a beauty as incandescent as a heavenly orb And she is drawn to this powerful stranger by a need she cannot denyNever has such passion so consumed a man and a woman But by giving his heart freely the Shadow risks everything he believes in And to follow her enigmatic warrior means the Star must enter his world of intrigue ve. I love reading reviews and there are some incredible reviews of this book however I always seem to feel the need to voice my own opinionso here's my two cents Just a uick synopsis Samuel was horribly abused as a child He is taken in by Lady Tess and Lord Gryphon from the book Hidden Heart and made a part of their family He has major scars literal and figurative from his abuse and is horribly wounded as a man Leda was also adopted and is very much alone in the world She comes to live with Samuel's family after some crazy events and thus begins a relationship with Samuel as his secretary Here's what I loved 1 The relationship between Samuel and Lady Tess is simply heart wrenching The flashbacks of him as a child coming home to live her and Gryph are literary perfection Her love devotion acceptance loyalty and protection of this wounded child are heart rendering The scene where Lady Tess talks with Samuel about his duty to marry Leda had me weeping 2 Leda is a woman I loved She was a woman of fierce devotion strong moral code and properness She is constantly reminding Samuel of proper language he tends to swear a little and proper behavior 3 Samuel is incredible Stronghe's accomplished in the martial arts a ninja is very attractive wealthy and socially accepted WeakMaybe not the right word but wounded emotionally from past abuse extremely influenced by his sensai very unsure of himself with Leda All of these characteristics make him very appealing 4 The writing is superb There are no loose ends no wasted plot lines everything in this book is there for a reason and is tied up in the end I loved how Samuel had to remind Leda to breathe when she gets into stressful circumstances and this fact is true throughout the bookby the end this uirk of Leda's and Samuel's gentle care for her is so touching Also Leda's name for him Dear Sir is used throughout and also is extremely touching Here's what I didn't 1 There's not much I will say that Laura Kinsale is not for everyone Some other authorsKleypas McNaught Putney Balogh have universal appeal but Kinsale's writing sets her apart She is smartyou as the reader need to figure out things for yourselfshe not just going to give it to you Characters feelings and motives are not always explained like you wish they would be but this is her style This is not a uick and easy read as many romance novels are She is extremely in depth with culture and practice and interweaves several different culturessocieties into one book This may confuse and aggravate some readers 2 The relationship between Dojun and Samuel was a difficult one for me I went back in forthis is good or bad healthy or unhealthy did Dojun hurt or help Samuel uestions like this I wish were understandable and clear but here again lies the reality of Kinsale's writingsometimes it's okay to live in the gray instead of the black and white

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The Shadow and the StarFrom nationally acclaimed bestselling author Laura Kinsale comes a boldly original breathlessly unforgettable tale of honour adventure and undying loveHe is a man of dark secrets wealthy strong majestically handsome the master of the ancient arts of a distant land Scarred by a cruel childhood he has sworn only to love chastely yet he burns with the heat of unfulfilled desireS. The Victorian romance where Samuel is a child prostitution survivor and a Hawaiian ninja I can add nothing to thisNo actually I can because I'm afraid I didn't really care for either of the major charactersLeda comes across throughout as a little old woman A conventional little old Victorian woman with a commonplace mind I sympathized with her plight yes but I didn't see anything special about her whatsoever Samuel apparently knows only two women his age and the other one might as well be his sister; it's hard not to feel that once he gets out into the world a bit he'll notice that women are different from one another and wonder why he picked this oneSamuel is about as damaged as you would expect him to be and it's sad because of course he's some years too early to be able to talk to Doctor Freud about his problems and Victorian culture forbids him to talk to anyone else but rather like Dain in Lord of Scoundrels he's so very self involved that my reaction to him tips rather suddenly from woobification to annoyance By the end of the book Leda knows all about his past difficulties but he knows nothing about hers nor does he ever think to fill her in on what's happening in the present In fact now that I come to think of it I don't remember Samuel ever taking any interest in anything about anyone except what he needed from them I'm sure the author didn't intend to create a monster and since Samuel's needs are emotional rather than mercenary it doesn't hit you right away but I'm not actually sure he's aware that others have needs at allThe other cultures are sensitively handled one thing I particularly appreciated was having pidgins clearly labeled as pidgins rather than presented without explanation so that the speakers of them look like ignoramuses