Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT THE BLACK ORCHID by @CelineJeanjean #WeekendBlogShare

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Jessie has been reading The Black Orchid by Celine Jeanjean


Reviewing a sequel is always a little bit challenging. I’ve begun to think of it as advice on if it’s worth it to start reading the first book of the series.

In this case the answer is yes.

You’ve got to start with The Bloodless Assassin (previously title The Viper and the Urchin) where you will meet the assassin that reminds me of Eyore and the street urchin who teams up with him.

And then, for sure, you’ve got to continue on to The Black Orchid.

Hands down my favorite part of these books is the characters. In the first book it was the witty dialogue between the two. In this sequel the focus shifted away from the dialogue (don’t worry it was all still fun and fantastic) and onto some major character development. I won’t spoil anything with details but let’s just say things have changed quite a bit and watching the two main characters adjust to their new position in life is to watch some great writing at work!

Would I recommend it? Yup. Yup. Yup! Just don’t forget you need to start with The Bloodless Assassin to make the story even more enjoyable! And then please keep reading because I think this one might be even better than the first!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I discovered this book because I’m a proud member of Rosie’s Book Review Team!

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THE BLOODLESS ASSASSIN by @CelineJeanjean #YA #Fantasy #Steampunk #BookReview

The Bloodless Assassin (The Viper and the Urchin, #1)The Bloodless Assassin by Celine Jeanjean
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Bloodless Assassin is book #1 in The Viper and The Urchin series and has been re-launched under its new title. I felt this book was a mix of fantasy and steampunk.

The Viper is Damsport’s deadliest assassin, but he also a poet, a writer and an alchemist. However he has a serious flaw, he can’t stand the sight or smell of blood, which is why his chosen weapon is poison.

Rory is a teenage girl, a street urchin and thief. For two years she has been saving all her money to pay to be Master Xian’s pupil. Inspired by the meeting of a scarred female warrior she wants to learn the art of sword-fighting to take her away from life on the streets and enable her to protect herself and in time become, perhaps, a hero.

When Rory loses her savings, she must find her own luck. She chances upon a street brawl and helps save a man who might just teach her how to swordfight if she can just blackmail him. The gentleman she saves is Longinus aka The Viper.

However Rory’s training becomes interrupted by a copy cat murderer who is impersonating The Viper. Just how far will someone go to make The Viper take the blame for the murder of a very important dignitary? Can Rory and The Viper get over their differences in time to solve the puzzle?

There are some great characters and dialogue in this book, the steampunk machines are lightly sprinkled with a higher emphasis on the fantasy world setting. Book #2 in the series is already available to readers.

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