Lin, Jeannie, A Dance with Danger (Tang Dynasty, Book 5), (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).
Title: A Dance with Danger (Tang Dynasty, Book 5)
Author: Jeannie Lin
Issues: Assault; Gendered Expectations (Women); POC; Revenge; Violence; WOC
A promise sworn on the edge of a sword…
After a failed assassination attempt on a corrupt general, Bao Yang is a wanted man. Taking refuge with an ally, Yang accidentally compromises the man’s daughter when they’re discovered alone. To save her honor, he must marry the beautiful Jin-mei immediately!
In Yang’s arms, Jin-mei feels alive for the first time. She’s determined not to lose him, even if it means joining his perilous mission… But when she realizes just how destructive Yang’s path could be, can she convince him that their life together could be so much sweeter than revenge?
When I first imagined the world of The Sword Dancer, I envisioned a wild land filled with heroes and bandits with the lines between them completely blurred.
For those who have read The Sword Dancer, I hope you enjoy seeing what happens to Li Feng and Thief-catcher Han. Like all great romances, the rooftop marriage proposal was a beginning rather than an end, and their adventure continues here.
For history buffs: the places and people in this book are part real and part imagined. Fujian province was the seat of several rebellions. Rogue warlords were a plague upon imperial power in the late part of the dynasty. And when you read about the rebel figures that emerged throughout Chinese history, many of them made their wealth through the salt trade.
The Linyan Stone Forest is an actual place. The pictures of it are dramatic and awe-inspiring. According to travel sites, it wasn’t explored until centuries later during the Qing Dynasty due to the dense growth that obscured it from view.
Perhaps I’ll be able to visit one day, and imagine the colorful bandits who made those hidden caverns their hideout.