Hari is a shapeshifter who has been cursed into a riddle box for about two millennia. He would like nothing better than to be free of the box, but does not see a way out. That is, until the day when Dela releases him from the box.
Dela is unsure of how it is exactly that she wound up with the box while visiting Beijing or what it is that she did that released Hari. What she does know is that she is willing to do her best to free Hari of his curse.
Having previously read a couple other titles (out of order) from Ms. Liu's Dirk & Steele series, I knew I would like Tiger Eye and I did.
The book has the elements that I like reading in the series: paranormal, mystery, the "mis"fits that make up Dirk & Steele, and, of course, Roland Dirk. What I also like about this particular book is how Dela's and Hari's strengths and weaknesses blend together and complement each other. There is also how all of the characters (Eddie, Artur, Dean, Blue and Dela and Hari) interact with each other.
A delightful read to cozy up to.
The first book in Marjorie M. Liu's extraordinary Dirk & Steele Series!
Long ago they roamed the earth — dragons, tigers . . . shapeshifters — men who wore the forms of beasts. Their world was magic. Now it is gone. But some remain . . .
He looks out of place in Dela Reese’s Beijing hotel room— exotic and poignant, some mythic, tragic hero of an epic tale. With his feline yellow eyes, he’s like nothing from her world. Yet Dela has danced through the echo of his soul and knows this warrior will obey her every command.
Hari has been used and abused for millennia. But he sees, upon his release from the riddle box, that this new mistress is different. There is a hidden power in Dela’s eyes—and with her, he may regain all that was lost to him. Where once he savaged, now he must protect; where before he knew only hatred, now he must embrace love. Dela is the key.
For Dela, he will risk all.