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Thursday Quotables – The Black Orchid

Cover of the steampunk fantasy book The Black Orchid (Celine JeanJean). It shows a woman with long dreadlocks partially turned to us, holding a knife in her visible hand, standing in a rich corridor.

“See,” said Mizria, stepping up behind her. “You look lovely.”

If Rory had looked lovely, she certainly didn’t anymore, not when standing next to Mizria and there was a familiar safety in that. Rory knew how to be scrawny and filthy, she knew how to be invisible and pathetic, she even knew how to be brave. But she had no idea how to be lovely.

Rory tried grinning at the mirror, and was relieved to find the smile her reflection returned was definitely her own. That helped. She also found herself pleased that the girl in the mirror looked older than the sixteen years she had been pretending to for the last couple of years. She even looked a bit older than the eighteen years Rory suspected she was. Maybe she should try on an older age for a while. Eighteen or even nineteen might suit her. She’s have to work out what age would be more to her advantage.

“We’ll get you changed back into your normal clothes for the return,” said Mizria. “And we’ll wipe the makeup off. That way Rafe will get a real surprise when he sees you tonight.”

This time the mention of Rafe didn’t set of another deluge of nerves. Rory gave a final glance to the girl in the mirror. Maybe this was who she was supposed to be. She was still herself, but maybe this was the Rory of the future – a more confident and worldly Rory. A Rory who might not belong in the mansion, but one who could navigate that world.

Thursday Quotables Meme

THE BLACK ORCHID by Celine JeanJean is the second book in The Viper and the Urchin saga. It take place in a southern steampunk world, subtly different from the one we may be accustomed to, but still one full of mystery and plotting. The Black Orchid is structured like a mystery: there are murders going on and probably a plot to overthrow Damsport’s government. The pace is fast, enough to always have me willing to read a bit further and see where the story was going, but never so much as to get me confused at what’s happening.

And still, the characters are the true propellers of the story. As much as the mystery is engaging, what I really wanted to know was how Rory would fair with Rafe, how Longinus would cope with Rory’s changes and ambitions, what the hell was going on between the Old Girl and Mizria. I really enjoyed the fact that the story happened both in the streets of Damsport and inside Rory as she tried to sort out what happened to a few friends who disappeared (one turned up dead) and what was happening inside her heart and her mind.

I enjoyed this second installment in the series even more than I did the first The Bloddless Assassin (new title). And that’s saying something.

In post is part of the Thursday Quotables meme. If you want to discover more about this meme and maybe take part in it, head over to Bookshelf Fantasies

Pinteret pin. The title reads, "The Black Orchid", Celine Jeanjean (book review). The picture shows three black orchids with a red core.
Pinteret pin. The yellow title reads, "The Black Orchid", Celine Jeanjean (book review). The picture shows three black orchids with a red core.


  • Sara C. Snider
    Posted May 12, 2016 at 04:31

    That’s one of my favorite parts in the book. 🙂 Such a great series!

    • Post Author
      Posted May 12, 2016 at 04:49

      You know? I’d have a hard time telling what part is my favourite. It’s such an exciting book and in many different ways.
      I enjoyed the mystery very much, but there was a lot of action too. And the characters’ arcs are so engaging.
      I really enjoyed it 🙂

  • Celine
    Posted May 12, 2016 at 05:16

    Aw I’m so happy you liked this part of the book 🙂 I had such a great time putting Rory through those changes and seeing how she handled them! Thank you again for the wonderful review.

    • Post Author
      Posted May 12, 2016 at 05:27

      You’re very welcome, Celine.
      It was a very easy review to write. I loved the book 🙂

  • Mandibelle16
    Posted May 14, 2016 at 22:39

    Sounds exciting an like it is an interesting series I will have to look for on IbooksKoboor Kindle. Liked the part you chose to tell.

    • Post Author
      Posted May 16, 2016 at 10:32

      It is a very enjoyable series that’s getting better and better 🙂

  • Claire Noland
    Posted June 8, 2016 at 20:04

    This sounds like a great book to read on a long summer’s day. Can this one be read without reading the first in the series?

    • Post Author
      Posted June 8, 2016 at 20:08

      Mhm… wouldn’t say so. It actually feels like the story will be a complet one, once it’s finished.
      I’d recommand reading the first book first. But believe me, you won’t regret it 😉

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