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Foul Lady Fortune de Chloe Gong
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Foul Lady Fortune (edició 2022)

de Chloe Gong (Autor)

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights and Our Violent Ends comes the first book in a captivating new duology following an ill-matched pair of spies posing as a married couple to investigate a series of brutal murders in 1930s Shanghai. It's 1931 in Shanghai, and the stage is set for a new decade of intrigue. Four years ago, Rosalind Lang was brought back from the brink of death, but the strange experiment that saved her also stopped her from sleeping and aging--and allows her to heal from any wound. In short, Rosalind cannot die. Now, desperate for redemption for her traitorous past, she uses her abilities as an assassin for her country. Code name: Fortune. But when the Japanese Imperial Army begins its invasion march, Rosalind's mission pivots. A series of murders is causing unrest in Shanghai, and the Japanese are under suspicion. Rosalind's new orders are to infiltrate foreign society and identify the culprits behind the terror plot before more of her people are killed. To reduce suspicion, however, she must pose as the wife of another Nationalist spy, Orion Hong, and though Rosalind finds Orion's cavalier attitude and playboy demeanor infuriating, she is willing to work with him for the greater good. But Orion has an agenda of his own, and Rosalind has secrets that she wants to keep buried. As they both attempt to unravel the conspiracy, the two spies soon find that there are deeper and more horrifying layers to this mystery than they ever imagined.… (més)
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Títol:Foul Lady Fortune
Autors:Chloe Gong (Autor)
Informació:Margaret K. McElderry Books (2022), 528 pages
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Series Info/Source: This is the first book in the Foul Lady Fortune series. I borrowed this on ebook from my library.

Thoughts: I really enjoyed Gong's "These Violent Delights" duology and was really looking forward to this new series. I am not very familiar with Shakespeare's "As You Like It" (which is what this is supposed a retelling of) and wasn't that fond of Rosalind as a character in "These Violent Delights". While I appreciate the historical detail in this book I ended up finding it very dry and boring and almost stopped reading it numerous times.

This book follows Rosalind, who is somewhat immortal because of the medical treatment she received in These Violent Delights. She is now working for the Nationalists as an assassin to take advantage of her fast-healing, etc. With the Japanese Imperial Army set to invade and strange murders happening in the streets of Shanghai, Rosalind is asked to take on a new role, that of a spy. She is paired with Orion Hong and supposed to pose as his wife while they two of them try and figure out who or what is behind the Shanghai murders.

I just didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as the These Violent Delights duology. This is incredibly focused on the politics in Shanghai at the time and I don't enjoy reading politically heavy books at all. Gong does an excellent job providing historical detail around the Communists, Nationalists, and Japanese Imperialists if you are in to that sort of thing. I don't have a lot of interest in this area and mostly found it boring and slightly confusing.

Rosalind and Orion were both fairly unlikable as characters and their relationship felt forced. The most interesting character in the book was Roma's younger sister, Alisa, who we hear from quite a bit. Additionally, there aren't as many exciting, fantastical elements in this book as there were in the last series. Yes, Rosalind is basically indestructible and yes, there are strange murders happening. However, the creepy madness and strange insects in the first duology were way more intriguing and compelling.

This was basically a political story with some murder mystery elements and a lackluster romance. I just wasn't a fan. There were multiple points while I was reading this where I would just set it down and think "Why do I keep reading this? I just don't care." However, I liked These Violent Delights so much I really want to finish this and give it a chance.

My Summary (3/5): Overall I didn't like this book very much. It was too heavy on complex politics with not enough mystery or fantastical elements to make the story interesting to me. I found it incredibly boring and slightly confusing (probably because I kept glazing over when they were talking about all the spying between the different factions). The characters were not all that engaging and the relationship between Rosalind and Orion felt forced. I will not be continuing with this series and don't plan on picking up more Gong books unless they sound really, really intriguing. ( )
1 vota krau0098 | Nov 3, 2022 |
Complex, deftly woven, with enough action and intrigue for several books. I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to finding out what comes next. ( )
  sennebec | Oct 27, 2022 |
I'm so excited that we have another book in the These Violent Delights universe! I have to admit, Rosalind Lang was not a character I had strong feelings about in the original duology, but she got her chance to shine in this book. This is the rare 400-page book that I wished were even longer.

After the Scarlet Gang and the White Flowers fell apart, Rosalind Lang got a new identity and aligned herself with the Nationalists as an assassin. But for this mission, her handler gives her a fake husband, a fake name and a fake job, asking her to go undercover long-term. Shanghai's being haunted by a serial killer who injects his victims with unknown chemicals right on the streets, and Rosalind soon suspects someone at her fake job may be involved.

Rosalind finds herself annoyed by her flirty, playboy spy husband, until she starts to see the heart behind his fake front. Together, they have to decide who to trust and how to keep their cover intact while pursuing a dangerous killer with unknown allegiances.

Rosalind's also disturbed to find someone from her past working at the same newspaper. Her secrets as Rosalind Lang may not stay hidden as her ties and loyalties are tested.

Filled with twists, turns, and changing loyalties, this book has secret agents, double agents and triple agents as the Communists, Nationalists, Japanese and Westerners fight for control of Shanghai.

I cannot wait for the next book in the duology! ( )
  Asingrey | Oct 10, 2022 |
Foul Lady Fortune. I wanted to enjoy it more than I did, to be honest.The first half of the book felt slow, but by the second half, I got attached to the characters and setting and wanted to know what happend.
OK, let’s dig deeper. I have mixed feelings about the writing style. Overall, it’s pleasant to read, but there were a few sentences that pulled me off the narration. Plot-wise, I had a lot of questions about the plot and spy network that didn’t get fully answered and a couple of plot points felt… plot-hole-y, unless I didn’t understand. Because of this, I wasn’t feeling fully immersed in the world.
That said, I liked the historical Shanghai setting and history, between the different factions of the time, and we see it through individual lenses - people that don’t have strong opinions, people who do... I enjoyed the diversity of the characters and the building slow-burn between Orion and Rosalind. The novel has cool concepts and twists and manages to make us understand the world, even though lots of characters already appeared in previous books, which I haven’t read. I wonder how different my experience would have been, but you can definitely read this book even if you haven’t read Chloe Gong’s other novels. I felt like the setting, the ambition of this historical fantasy Shakespearian retelling and the dialogues were a strength of this book, and the second half warmed me up to the idea of reading the next book.

I want to thank Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  OpheliaAutumn | Aug 2, 2022 |
this was a really fun read. pacing was great with an end leaving you not-so-patiently waiting for the next in this duology...... read the epilogue!!!! ( )
  gwyl | Jun 23, 2022 |
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights and Our Violent Ends comes the first book in a captivating new duology following an ill-matched pair of spies posing as a married couple to investigate a series of brutal murders in 1930s Shanghai. It's 1931 in Shanghai, and the stage is set for a new decade of intrigue. Four years ago, Rosalind Lang was brought back from the brink of death, but the strange experiment that saved her also stopped her from sleeping and aging--and allows her to heal from any wound. In short, Rosalind cannot die. Now, desperate for redemption for her traitorous past, she uses her abilities as an assassin for her country. Code name: Fortune. But when the Japanese Imperial Army begins its invasion march, Rosalind's mission pivots. A series of murders is causing unrest in Shanghai, and the Japanese are under suspicion. Rosalind's new orders are to infiltrate foreign society and identify the culprits behind the terror plot before more of her people are killed. To reduce suspicion, however, she must pose as the wife of another Nationalist spy, Orion Hong, and though Rosalind finds Orion's cavalier attitude and playboy demeanor infuriating, she is willing to work with him for the greater good. But Orion has an agenda of his own, and Rosalind has secrets that she wants to keep buried. As they both attempt to unravel the conspiracy, the two spies soon find that there are deeper and more horrifying layers to this mystery than they ever imagined.

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