Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Review: "The Fire King" by Marjorie M. Liu

I believe that The Fire King by Marjorie M. Liu is her first full length novel that I've read (if you don't count her contribution to the Crimson series). I know I've seen her Dirk & Steele books on the shelves at the bookstore before, but I've never actually bought one. However, her 9th Dirk & Steele novel, The Fire King, seemed interesting enough to buy after I read some of the posted excerpts. Liu's Dirk & Steele novels follow various agents of Dirk & Steele, an international detective agency that is (unknown to the general public) composed of psychics, shape-shifters, and legendary creatures.

The Fire King introduces us to Karr, a dangerous desert creature that has been awaken against his will after centuries of sleep. Soria left Dirk & Steele after losing part of her dominant arm and is still attempting to come to grips with the loss of the limb. Soria has the gift of communication - the ability to absorb languages with proximity, and she is brought in to question Karr and determine if he is a danger to the agency and humans. The story of the various groups attempting to get their hands on Karr, and Soria and Karr's attempts to evade capture provide the action to the story. I like how Liu provides the reader Soria's background bit by bit. Both Karr and Soria are alone - Karr because no one has seen one of his kind in thousands of years, and Soria because her friends stopped seeing her after the loss of her arm. It was enjoyable reading about how these two loners find themselves no longer alone. My take:

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