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The Emperor's Conspiracy de Michelle Diener
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The Emperor's Conspiracy (2012 original; edició 2012)

de Michelle Diener

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Through good fortune, Charlotte Raven escaped the poverty of the London slums and is now an educated, wealthy Society lady. But she lives between two worlds, unable to completely turn her back on her old life -- especially Luke, her childhood protector and now a ruthless London crime lord. When Lord Edward Durnham is asked to investigate the alarming movement of gold out of England, his search leads him to the stews of London, and his recent acquaintance with Charlotte gives him access to a dark world he barely knew existed. As they delve deeper into that world danger stalks them at every turn, both from unknown foreign agents and from denizens of the underworld, and Charlotte must mediate between her two worlds to form a working alliance to save England.… (més)
Membre:BurgandyIce
Títol:The Emperor's Conspiracy
Autors:Michelle Diener
Informació:Gallery Books (2012), Edition: Original, Paperback, 336 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:*****
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Super easy read, started today finished today. Not what I would consider historical fiction, that's reserved for things like Pillars of The Earth, and Sarum, and Lincoln and the like. This was like the Coke Zero of historical fiction, but an interesting enough plot to read until the end. If I'd had to work hard at it I might not feel the same way, but since I didn't, let's just call it entertaining. ( )
  its_aduck | Jun 6, 2018 |
Warning - the ending of this book is very abrupt and doesn't completely resolve the romantic subplot of the story. For the sake of a review I will assume the author intends to bring back the characters in another book. Otherwise I would be annoyed at the ending of this one.

The mystery part of the novel was done well enough, but the best part of the book are the main characters and their stories (and backstories). Charlotte is a complex heroine who is (thank the lord) mature and worldly although fairly young in years. This is due to her childhood raised in the slums, orphaned and protected by a boy named Luke. Having taken a beating in prison, Luke has grown into a bitter, violent crime lord who is both physically and emotionally damaged. The one soft spot he has is his love for Charlotte, who he protects with a ferocity that sometimes frightens her. Rescued and taken in by a rich lady as an adolescent, Charlotte strives to keep a foot in both worlds, trying to remain loyal to Luke while attempting to please her guardian and friend, Lady Howe.

Unlike so many heroines of historical novels these days, Charlotte is not impulsive or silly, and if she believes something needs to be done she doesn't wait around for a man to take care of it, but takes action herself; not impulsively but with careful thought and planning. And I also loved the character of Luke, but then I have a soft spot for damaged anti-heroes. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
My thoughts:
It started so good..and yes it continued to be that good! :D

It was a nice mix of historical fiction, suspense, mystery and romance. Charlotte the heroine was no simpering miss of the ton. She used to live in the slum, daughter of a whore, worked as a chimney sweep but was saved by a nice lady and raised as her ward. While still be connected to the underworld. Oh yes I loved that premise at once.

In this story there is a mystery too. Gold smuggled out of England and a Lord who tries to figure out the plot. A Lord who become the romantic interested of our cool heroine. As he is not one of those silly Men of the ton who wants her dowry and are all talk. And it works, because they do not fall at once, they do not even like each other at once. It's a story that will take time.

A good mystery, evil guys, flirting and the underworld. Yes that other thing I liked. She has an old friend, Luke who is now a crime boss and it just brought something new and very fresh to it. A woman torn between two worlds, dividing loyalties and a plot that kept it going. It was a book that was hard to put down, easy to read and suddenly I had read it and wanted more.

Conclusion:
I truly enjoyed it ( )
  blodeuedd | Mar 2, 2016 |
I guess I shouldn't have expected much since the Ebook was only $3.99 but it was not a bargain. The last 50 pages or so were absorbing but the book was too abrupt in the way it started. The story is sort of like Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series but a student version. ( )
  cygnet81 | Jan 17, 2016 |
One of the first things that struck me with this book was how it never really lets up with the story-telling and action. From one discovery to the next, the story moves at a brisk pace, leading the reader from one scene to the next with hardly a stop in between. I did like this for the most part as I was always eager to find out the next big surprise. Yet, there were times where I felt a bit overwhelmed. At times, so many people were introduced and just chucked into the story that I had to pause and try to remember where they came from. There were some really nice historical details, though, that bumped this story up in my opinion. Using real events for the impetuous to the story gave it some lovely added depth.

I did really like the dynamic between Edward and Charlotte. It was intense and very charged, yet sweet at the same time. I felt that Edward appreciated Charlotte for what she really was, a woman of two worlds who felt tied to both. I liked there weren't any of the cliched misunderstandings that a novel like this could have fallen prey to. Charlotte was very up front with her past from the very beginning, warning Edward's sister to the danger her sons were in. She wasn't afraid to expose her secret to accomplish a good deed, neither was she afraid to expose herself to Edward when it needed to be done. I felt that this added a very honest depth to their relationship and set a tone for mutual cooperation and trust.

While at times a bit overwhelmed from the sheer forward moment of the story, I felt this was a novel I could get lost in and love. The characters were wonderfully vivid, the historical details set the scene beautifully, and Edward's and Charlotte's relationship made me smile. Overall, a very well written novel set in Regency England. Very recommended. ( )
  Sarah_Gruwell | Jan 13, 2016 |
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Through good fortune, Charlotte Raven escaped the poverty of the London slums and is now an educated, wealthy Society lady. But she lives between two worlds, unable to completely turn her back on her old life -- especially Luke, her childhood protector and now a ruthless London crime lord. When Lord Edward Durnham is asked to investigate the alarming movement of gold out of England, his search leads him to the stews of London, and his recent acquaintance with Charlotte gives him access to a dark world he barely knew existed. As they delve deeper into that world danger stalks them at every turn, both from unknown foreign agents and from denizens of the underworld, and Charlotte must mediate between her two worlds to form a working alliance to save England.

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