Trailer ¾ Butterfly Swords (Tang Dynasty, #1) PDF by ✓ Jeannie Lin

Trailer ¾ Butterfly Swords (Tang Dynasty, #1) PDF by ✓ Jeannie Lin I tried to read this sometime last year, but my head was in the wrong place and I couldn t get started This time I was hooked after a few pages in Overall, it was a fun read that soothed my desire for geographical and cultural diverse HRs No Dukes here Ailey was a wonderful fierce heroine Brave, confident and believed in her and her family s honor Ryam was an interesting hero, a skilled fighter, though he was a barbarian from land far away I did not feel like I got a great picture of his background He was a nomad from far western lands I liked him, but he did have a tendency to feel sorry for himself and to drown his problems in drink.
The writing was engaging and world building well done I liked the romance It had sweet mome 5 Stars for this breathtaking historical With only two historical novels published to her name, Jeannie Lin has shot into my list of favorite authors after being totally and utterly captivated by the tale of love, Tang Dynasty politics and the beautiful sensuality that she wields in her stories I picked up Butterfly Swords right after I was done with The Taming of Mei Ling which was just a teaser into Jeannie Lin s capability in keeping readers enthralled by the magic that she creates with the words because simply put, it was just utter and sheer magic that leaped out from each and every one of these pages as I read along.
Set in 758 AD, Tang Dynasty China, this is the story of the sixth child and only girl of the Emperor of China during the time Ai Li is on her way to meet her husband to be, Li Tao, a military governor in one of the provinces As I read Butterfly Swords I felt I was on a balancing act with likes and dislikes Not that I didn t enjoy this book, but at the same time I felt there was some glaring weaknesses that made this book falter With the old saying of opposites attract Princess Ai Li and Ryam truly come from different walks of life One of the glittering royalty and the other of just fighting to survive Sparks truly fly when these two meet, only burns brighter With Ai Li needing to get back to her family to warn them of danger and Ryam out to protect and make sure Ai gets there safety this on the road romance martial arts story gets the reader a glimpse at the intrigues and shady allies whom would stab you in the back the moment your guard is down Jeannie Lin did a wonderful job of showing the reading how the silk roads effected the empire I rarely read romances, but when I caught the words Tang dynasty, butterfly swords, and woman warrior, I decided to give this a go And thankfully, there were no damsels in distress in this one Well, the damsel has distress, but nothing she can t handle with her butterfly swords and just a little bit of help of a blonde barbarian Ai Li aka Ailey is on her way to marry Li Tao when she discovers that her fiance is planning an uprising against her own father She runs away with hired bandits to escape her upcoming nupitals and report her newfound information to her father However, Li Tao is not giving her up without a fight and Ai Li finds herself running for her life with a blonde barbarian sidekick The blonde barbarian, Ryam, is running himself, from his own inner demons Despite being chased down constantly by Li Tao s army and sword battling anyone in their path and ev I ve had mixed luck with Jeannie Lin s writing I either highly enjoy it or can t get into it at all This wasn t terrible but it couldn t keep my attention either I would still recommend her as an author but I would suggest some of her other works first.
Butterfly Swords is set during a unique time period in the Tang Dynasty in 758 AD China Ai Li, the daughter of an emperor, is betrothed to marry, Li Tao, a warlord This is an arranged marriage and one that Ai Li doesn t want because she has found out that her husband to be has plotted against her family and may have killed one of her brothers Ai Li has always been the dutiful daughter, but in this case she will defy her parents wishes and return to them and tell them what she knows, regardless if she will be disgraced in their eyes As she s returning home, she s set upon by thugs, pretending to be bandits, thanks to one of her father s lieutenants who wants to help her She runs off with this group of men, uncertain of her future She trusts no one and will disguise herself as a boy using her trusty butterfly swords to protect her seeing as she has 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 Miles From Home, With Only Her Delicate Butterfly Swords For Defense, She Enlists The Reluctant Protection Of A Blue Eyed Warrior Battle Scarred, Embittered Ryam Has Always Held His Own Life At Cheap Value Ai Li S Innocent Trust In Him And Honorable, Stubborn Nature Make Him Desperate To Protect Her Which Means Not Seducing The First Woman He Has Ever Truly Wanted 3.
5 stars.
I loved the first half of this story It s a great road romance in an unusual setting with unusual characters for historical romance Ai Li is escaping from an arranged marriage because she s discovered that her groom had her brother murdered and is plotting against her father, who is a powerful leader in the Tang empire which leader exactly isn t revealed until much later She is helped by Ryam, a mercenary barbarian from the West when the groom s henchman track her down Ryam and Ai Li eventually make their way back to the capital, learning about each other and falling in lust then love along the way But they are truly starcrossed lovers, since she s imperial elite and he s a mercenary barbarian Her life and future are tied up inextricably with her family responsibilities, while he has no family except his fellow soldiers for hire Ai Li knows her parents will be angry, but sh I just love the cover for this It s just so sexy I mean, how often do you see a full frontal picture of an Asian woman doing an action instead of just merely giving off some blank, vacant expression in the background, or looking pretty for some exotic value Not much I can tell you.
The world building historical facts of her time felt genuine enough The author put in some amount of effort and it paid off although don t take my words as gospel because I am really not that familiar with Chinese history culture as I m knowledgeable about Japan s one Nothing jarringly stood out to me and the characters all behaved appropriately for people of their position and their time period.
I m not too big of a fan of the Asian falling in love with a white person, because usu I really loved this until the last 50 pages where some of the hero s heroine s decisions started not to make much sense for me Still, a very nice book and so much different from other romances.
There is another book that deals with the relationship between a Chinese and a foreigner, that s not pure romance but is SO much realistic, especially with how a foreigner would be treated in Medieval China Compared to this, I found Ryam s easy acceptance as unrealistic to say the least, especially compared to his looks.

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