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Thursday Quotables – The Viper and the Urchin

The Viper and the UrchinHis outrage at her refusal to get clean was soothing. Easier. He focused on that, rousing himself to his full height, the better to look down at her.

“Young lady—“

“I ain’t a lady.”

“Evidently. Forgive me, I don’t know what I was thinking. As I was saying, young… er… What is you name?”


“Fine. Rory. Yes, that will do.”

“It ain’t like you’re choosing it for me, that’s my name.”

“Yes, yes,” snapped Longinus. “Now, although you know me as the Viper, I would prefer you to call me Longinus.”

“Long genius? Really?”

“Lon-ginus. Although some have indeed referred to my intellect as genius-like,” he said with a modest smile.

quotation-marks4And if you knew Longinus, you’d know there is nothing modest about him.

The Viper and the Urchin by Celine JeanJean is a fast-paced fantasy with mystery elements, packed full of action and I really enjoyed it. What I enjoyed the most is the interaction between these two characters, who are so very different and still have enough in common – though deep down – that they come to an understanding in the end.

This is a stand-alone novel, but you can clearly see that there is more to come. The setting is complex and give out a lot more potential than this one story exploited. I especially liked the history of Damsport, because it’s intriguing, realistic and ripe for a lot more action and intrigue.

So, here I am waiting for the next novel…


NOTE: The author has now changed the title of this book to The Bloodless Assassin.


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THE BLOODLESS ASSASSIN (Celine JeanJean) The first book in the trilogy of "The Viper and the Urchin" this is how an elegant assassin and a down-to-earth urchin meet and are forced together and how this will bring the best out of them
THE BLOODLESS ASSASSIN (Celine Jeanjean) - A steampunk adventure in a tropical fantasy country. An unlikely assassin and a smart urchin. A political conspiracy. Need to say more?
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  • Amy
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 20:14

    This quote made me giggle. By the looks of it it’d be quite a funny read 🙂 She sounds so stubborn!
    Great TQ 😀
    Amy x

    • Post Author
      Posted July 30, 2015 at 20:23

      It is indeed a fun read, and oh my god, she is definitelly stabborn!

  • A Fold in the Spine
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 20:19

    I like his snarkiness at the end of the quote it made me laugh!

    Here is mine: Thursday Qutoables

    • Post Author
      Posted July 30, 2015 at 20:24

      I love the relationship between these two characters. It’s such fun, and still there is empathy in it.

  • Sinead
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 22:13

    Ooh that book sounds really funny, and it’s fantasy! What kinda fantasy is it? Is there any kinda romance in it? Love finding new books I might enjoy! 🙂

    • Post Author
      Posted July 31, 2015 at 05:49

      It’s a steampunkish kind of fantasy and no, there isn’t any romance in it… yet 😉 Honestly, I think I’m smelling one coming, though.

      It’s a very fun and light read.

  • Celine Jeanjean
    Posted July 31, 2015 at 00:21

    Sarah, I’m so chuffed to have made it on your Thursday Quotables! Big Yay!! 😀 And thank you for that lovely write up — I’m working hard on Book 2 as we speak (called The Black Orchid) so hopefully it will be ready soon 🙂

    • Post Author
      Posted July 31, 2015 at 05:54

      Celine, you’re very welcome 🙂
      I foresee that your second book will make it on the Thursday Quotables too.

  • Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Posted July 31, 2015 at 03:22

    Ha, I like that a lot! The exchange between the two characters is great, especially Rory’s comebacks. You can tell that she’s not impressed, and not someone to be messed with!

    • Post Author
      Posted July 31, 2015 at 05:55

      The interaction between these two characters is such fun to read. It’s witty, and funny and it tells a lot about them.
      I really enjoyed it.

  • Jaymie
    Posted July 31, 2015 at 12:49

    That last line is so perfect. This seems like such a witty read. And the interactions between the two is reeling me in. I’m definitely going to have to add it to my TBR pile. Thanks for visiting my page!

    • Post Author
      Posted August 3, 2015 at 11:36

      I’m pretty sure you’re enjoy it. It’s a very fun read, full of wit, adventure and humour 🙂

  • Aeriko @ The Reading Armchair
    Posted August 1, 2015 at 16:34

    This sounds so great! I’ll check this book, it’s been a long time since a read a fantasy novel that I’ve truly enjoyed 🙂

    • Post Author
      Posted August 3, 2015 at 11:37

      I hadn’t read fantasy for a long time too before reading this. I was happy I broke the fast 😉

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