Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Review: "The Wild Road" by Marjorie M. Liu

After reading Marjorie M. Liu's The Fire King I had to go find her other Dirk & Steele novels. The first bookstore I hit only had The Wild Road, the 8th book in the series (looks like I'll be reading the series backwards). I realized as I started reading it was about a character that had appeared in Liu's contribution to the Dark Dreamers anthology.

The Wild Road was a quick read. It's about Lannes, a gargoyle, whose brother is a member of the detective agency Dirk & Steele. Lannes keeps himself isolated from others after - sure no woman could love one such as he. However, on one of his rare visits to the city to visit an old friend, he stumbles across a woman covered in blood trying to steal his car. She has no memory of who she is and is desperate to get away. Lannes finds himself wanting to help her discover who she is and how she lost her memory. They soon discover that their histories are connected. I didn't feel this story was as cohesive and as emotionally charged as The Fire King, but it was still satisfying. My take: ½


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