Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Review: Tarnished Knight (Grimm's Circle #4) by Shiloh Walker

Synopsis (via Goodreads):
The mind forgets, but the body remembers. Everything.

Grimm’s Circle, Book 4

One look at Jack Wallace and Perci knows he’s going to be trouble. Even surrounded by soul stealers, he’s a one-man wrecking crew. What does he need Grimm training for? He’s already hell on earth, a warrior bent on destruction. And something…more.

He’s too strong and fast to be a mere mortal. Even covered in blood, he makes her forget she’s only here to do a job and get out. It’s twisted. Sick. She hasn’t felt this alive in three centuries.

Born with a natural talent for killing unnatural things, Jack has always known things he shouldn’t. The fact that Perci is one of them glows all over her. Giving him an unholy urge to see just how far he can push her before don’t touch me melts into touch me there.

When they come together, it isn’t careful or cautious. It’s heaven and hell, exposing all their raw and wounded places to healing heat, resurrecting memories of a destined love from the distant past. But the evil that destroyed them once before has tracked them here, threatening their second and last chance at forever. Demanding a sacrifice no one—Grimm or human—should ever be asked to make…

Warning: Dark, sexy, a little bit scary—this fairy tale is only for grownups and is best saved for bedtime.
My Thoughts: First things first: I had an awful lot of fun reading this book. It's sexy and fast-paced and it breaks your heart more than once.  I haven't read the others in the series (although I have them sitting on my TBR shelf) but I had no problem following along and keeping up with what was happening.

Perci is damaged and she's spent the last 300 years hurting- not just herself but, without realizing it, also those around her.  She needs to be shaken up and rattled around.  Enter Jack, someone who knows a little too much about the Grimm but who she trusts immediately and implicitly.  He infuriates her.  He arouses her.  He makes her feel again.

I really liked the mythology behind this whole series.  I'm a sucker for twisted fairy tales and the concept of the Grimm fits in with the idea that all myths and stories and fairy tales are based on a kernel of truth- no matter how much the story itself has changed with the tellings.  Shiloh Walker did a wonderful job taking these childhood classics that we've grown up with and tweaking them just enough that, while still recognizable, they had their own voice.

Sure, it's a sexy, purring, up-against-the-wall voice, but I don't think we grown-ups mind all that much.

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  1. thanks for the review... glad you liked it!

  2. Thanks for giving me a chance to review it early!