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Temptress of Fates: A Legends of Tivara Story (Scions of the Black Lotus #4) by J.C. Kang - Book Review

Write on: Mon, 30 Nov 2020 by  in Drew's Reviews Read 2558

The Black Lotus Clan has tasked Jie with stealing the contents of a nobleman’s safe. Unfortunately for her, the one person who can offer her some hints about her former lover’s betrayal also wants the safe and Jie finds herself torn between her own curiosity and loyalty to her clan. 

After the slight side trip of Wretches of the Trench, Temptress of Fates returns to the central mysteries behind Lilian’s scheming and the plot against the Emperor. And while Jie and her compatriots do make some progress in their quest, with two novellas still remaining, answers remain elusive. 

One of the things that I enjoyed most about this installment is that the bulk of it is, essentially, a heist story. Jie and her fellow clan members use a variety of their training; from sleight of hand to seduction in order to infiltrate a party and break into a safe. I’ll admit, I love this type of story, and watching the members of the group playing their part and encountering obstacles that they each handle in their own way, was very entertaining. 

Another thing I especially liked is the character interactions between the main group. While references to the previous installment are limited, the death that happens at the finale of Wretches is felt by all of them; especially Wen, who is promoted to POV status after being part of the supporting cast since part 1. Jie remains mostly in control although, as she admits to herself, Lilian remains her blindspot and Tien commits himself to the group, even volunteering risks to help his new clanmates as a result. 

While the lack of any definitive answers may be a tad frustrating, there is a sense that things are beginning to build towards a finale resulting in a strong, fast-paced read. 

4.5 out of 5 dwarf-made safes.

Drew

Drew ascribes his love of stories to an aunt giving him a hard back edition of Dracula & Frankenstein for his 8th birthday. Since then he’s been an avid reader of books, short stories, and comics. He is a regular blogger at “The Scribblings” and is working on his own writing.