Former Emperor's consort Ling Suyin was renowned for her beauty: the ultimate seductress. Now she lives quietly alone - until the most ruthless warlord in the region comes and steals her away... Li Tao lives by the sword and is trapped in a web of politics, at the centre of which is Ling Suyin. Can he uncover her mystery without falling under the spell of her innocence and beauty?
Sword dancer Li Feng is used to living life on the edge of the law - a woman alone in the dangerous world of the Tang Dynasty has only her whirlwind reflexes to trust. She will discover the truth about her past, even if that means outwitting the most feared thief-catcher of them all....
Former Emperor's consort Ling Suyin is renowned for her beauty; the ultimate seductress. Now she lives quietly alone - until the most ruthless warlord in the region comes and steals her away.... Li Tao lives life by the sword, and is trapped in the treacherous, lethal world of politics. The alluring Ling Suyin is at the center of the web. He must uncover her mystery without falling under her spell - yet her innocence calls out to him. How cruel if she, of all women, can entrance the man behind the legend….
Sword dancer Li Feng is used to living life on the edge of the law. She will discover the truth about her past, even if that means outwitting the most feared thief-catcher of them all.... Relentless, handsome, and determined, Han sees life, and love, as black and white. Until he finally captures the spirited, courageous Li Feng, who makes him question everything.
Yan Ling tries to be servile, but being intelligent and strong-minded, she finds it a constant battle…Proud Fei Long is unimpressed by her spirit – until he realises she’s the answer to his problems…He has to deliver the Emperor a ‘princess’. Can he train a tea girl to pass as a noblewoman in two months? Yet all Fei Long wants to do is break etiquette, by taking her for his own…
"I love the cover for this book!"
In a flat above a noisy north London market, translator Iona Kirkpatrick starts work on a Chinese letter: "Dearest Mu, The sun is piercing, old bastard sky. I am feeling empty and bare. Nothing is in my soul, apart from the image of you. I am writing to you from a place I cannot tell you about yet...." In a detention centre in Dover exiled Chinese musician Jian is awaiting an unknown fate.
Winner of the 2009 Golden Heart Award, a sweeping romantic adventure set in the golden age of China. Journey to the very edge of honour, loyalty... and love. During China's infamous Tang Dynasty, a time awash with luxury yet littered with deadly intrigues and fallen royalty, betrayed Princess Ai Li flees before her wedding.
"Dills & Hoon bodice ripper in Chinese disguise"