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What a fantastic book. The story takes place in London during the Napoleonic wars, and revolves around Lady Andromeda and Lord Fenimore (Fen, the son of a marquis), both of whom have fairy blood in them. As such, they both have magic abilities, Fen with knives, swords, daggers etc., and Andromeda with fire. Through Fen's magic, his knives, swords, and such, are always restless. If left to their own devices, they would jump up and possibly stab someone at random, and it takes some effort to keep them still. Rather than have the blades rising up and stabbing people, Fen opens a furniture shop and keeps the blades busy making beautiful custom furniture. All this to the chagrin of his high-ranking father, who is embarrased that his son has become a lowly tradesman.
Andromeda doesn't believe in her magic powers, but when her life is at stake, she realizes she is able to control fire (hence the name: Lady of the Flames). Attending a fancy ball with her fiance, Lord Slough, who is one of the most eligible bachelors in the country (and whom she does not love) she runs into her former love, Fen, who had unceremoniously left her five years earlier due to a misunderstanding. The haughty Lord Slough looks down on Fen and speaks disparagingly of him. Andromeda dislikes Lord Slough even more when she heard him speak down to Fen, and she tries to think of a way to break off her disastrous engagement.
Later in the evening, Andromeda overhears Lord Slough speaking with a Frenchman, and she realizes Lord Slough is a traitor to England. Not only is he smuggling French spies out of England, but he's also planning to sell to the French the names of two English spies who are working inside France. She runs out of the room but fearing that Lord Slough might realize that she overheard him and he might want to dispose of her, she tries to figure out a way to get away. She "accidentally" spills wine on her dress, which gives her an excuse to change clothes; stealing off to another room in the massive mansion with one of the maids, she was given a red dress with a red cape and she slipped off into the night. Rambling through the streets late at night, through unsavory neighborhoods and accosted by strangers, she runs to the only person she can trust: Lord Fenimore (Fen) and ends up at his small dwelling above the furniture shop. If you look at the book's cover, you will see a perfect rendition of this scene in the book. Many times when I got to the end of a chapter, I would pause and go back to admire the cover, because it so beautifully illustrated Andromeda's flight from Lord Slough. All of this happens very early in the book, so I haven't really given away any spoilers. It is at this point that our story really starts.
Of course, disappearing in the dark of night and not returning home to sleep will ruin her reputation, especially so if it should become known that she was alone with Fen in his house. At least that's one way to get out of her engagement to Lord Slough, although she knows no one else will ever marry her either. She will be looked down upon not only by the gentry, but by the servants too. Therefore, both she and Fen are flabbergasted when they hear that Lord Slough has been looking for her because he intends to go through with the marriage. Why would a high-ranking nobleman want to marry her now that she has a ruined reputation, when he can marry any other girl he wants? What is his true motive for insisting on marrying her, no matter what?
Fen knows he will not get any help from his father so he has to single-handedly prevent the revelation of the English spies to the French. Even though he has help from his partner, Harry, he still has his hands full trying to protect England, and Andromeda at the same time.
What a delightful read this is. You will meet helpful goblins, gossipy ladies, spies, assassins, and traitors. Some of those you thought were the good guys are not good, and those you thought were the bad guys are not bad. And you won't be able to stop reading to see if there is any way that Andromeda can get out of her predicament.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest opinion. And my honest opinion is: I loved this book, and I would love to read more books by this author, in the same vein.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Perfect lady, disgraced lord, traitor, spies, magic with fire, magic with blades and love (of course!). Magic with is fraught with peril--but so is love.
Lord Fenimore Trent's uncanny affinity for knives and other sharp blades led to knife fights, duels, and murderous brawls. Five years ago, he faced a choice: marry Andromeda Gibbons, the woman he loved, or find a safe, peaceful use for his blades by opening a furniture shop--an unacceptable occupation for a man of noble birth. The choice made itself when Andromeda turned to another man. The furniture shop prospered, but now Fen's partner has been accused of treason. In order to root out the real traitor, he may face another unpalatable choice--to resort to the violent use of his blades once again. Once upon a time, Andromeda Gibbons believed in magic. That belief faded after her mother's death and vanished completely when Lord Fenimore, the man she loved, spurned her. Five years later, Andromeda has molded herself into a perfect--and perfectly unhappy--lady. When she overhears her haughty betrothed, the Earl of Slough, plotting treason, she flees into the London night--to Fen, the one man she knows she can trust. But taking refuge with Fen proves to mean far more than getting help--it means learning to believe in love, magic, and the real Andromeda once again.
Loved this book! What a good story, a fun romp. I enjoyed every minute of this story. Yes a fun romp even amidst two lovers who were separated by a misunderstanding and magic. Yes, there is magic, betrayal, spies, upper class nobility and those considered to be of the lower class (by being tradesmen). Andromeda was only days away from her wedding and she was liking her fiancee less and less as time goes on. Then she overheard that treasonous conversation by the Earl of Slough (what a great name for such an evil guy). Andromeda was a smart, likeable person and true to the times that this story is set, unfortunately no one would listen to just a woman. She needed to get to safety, and get help. She needed proof and to put a stop to what is being planned against her beloved country.
Okay so normally I probably wouldn't be into reading stories that included hobgoblin's and etc., but what a charming story. Even Cuff, was charming and protective in his own way. It also took us on the journey that Andromeda made to begin to believe in magic again and to find out what her skills were and to learn to control them. When Fen, (Lord Fenimore ) finally stopped shunning Andromeda, he realized that he believed a lie, for 5 years. He also realized he never really stopped loving her. I loved Fen's business partner, Harry Wellcome, he was unique to the core. Fen's father at times had such a cavalier attitude towards the life and safety of others although a point in his favor was that he did love his son. He didn't understand him but he did love him. The romance between Fen and Andromeda was sweet and at times fierce too. They had known and trusted each other since childhood before things went so wrong. There is a HEA to their story though.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.