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by Meredith Duran

eBook The Duke of Shadows epub
  • ISBN: 1416567038
  • Author: Meredith Duran
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (March 25, 2008)
  • ePUB size: 1236 kb
  • FB2 size 1855 kb
  • Formats lrf lit mobi txt


She is the author of twelve novels, all published by Pocket Books

She is the author of twelve novels, all published by Pocket Books.

CONNECTED BOOKS: THE DUKE OF SHADOWS was written as a standalone

CONNECTED BOOKS: THE DUKE OF SHADOWS was written as a standalone. However, Duran has written, years later, a book in the Rules for the Reckless series, THE SINS OF LORD LOCKWOOD, which tells the story of Lord Lockwood and his wife who appear in THE DUKE OF SHADOWS. The timeline of this book and its content now places is right around the same time as THE SINS OF LORD LOCKWOOD in the Rules of the Reckless series and it might even be considered to be part of that series now.

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Sick of tragedy, done with rebellion, Emmaline Martin vows to settle quietly into British Indian society. But when the pillars of privilege topple, her fiance's betrayal leaves Emma no choice.

The Duke of Shadows is an incredibly well-crafted, complex and powerful story that gripped me from first page to last and isn’t one I’m likely to forget in a hurry.

There were so many elements of this book that worked marvelously, like effortless harmony so flush with style that you can’t separate the individual tunes woven together.

I’m here to keep you on track. There were so many elements of this book that worked marvelously, like effortless harmony so flush with style that you can’t separate the individual tunes woven together. Such as? You’re a real pain in my ass.

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Pig swill! The quiet laugh startled her, and she gasped, squinting into the shadows. Who’s there? A form emerged from the trees, offering her a toast from a silver flask.

From exotic sandstone palace. ick of tragedy, done with rebellion, Emmaline Martin vows to settle quietly into British. But when the pillars of privilege topple, her fiancé's betrayal leaves Emma no choice. She must turn for help to the one man whom she should not trust,.

In a debut romance as passionate and sweeping as the British Empire, Meredith Duran paints a powerful picture of an aristocrat torn between two worlds, an heiress who dares to risk everything...and the love born in fire and darkness that nearly destroys them. From exotic sandstone palaces... Sick of tragedy, done with rebellion, Emmaline Martin vows to settle quietly into British Indian society. But when the pillars of privilege topple, her fiancé's betrayal leaves Emma no choice. She must turn for help to the one man whom she should not trust, but cannot resist: Julian Sinclair, the dangerous and dazzling heir to the Duke of Auburn. To the marble halls of London... In London, they toast Sinclair with champagne. In India, they call him a traitor. Cynical and impatient with both worlds, Julian has never imagined that the place he might belong is in the embrace of a woman with a reluctant laugh and haunted eyes. But in a time of terrible darkness, he and Emma will discover that love itself can be perilous -- and that a single decision can alter one's life forever. Destiny follows wherever you run. A lifetime of grief later, in a cold London spring, Emma and Julian must finally confront the truth: no matter how hard one tries to deny it, some pasts cannot be disowned...and some passions never die.
Comments: (7)
terostr
I am 70 years old, and I used to look down on romance novels. Someone insisted I read this book. It has to be one of the best books I've read. This book is not simply one love scene after another barely connected by a flimsy excuse for a plot; rather, it is an epic story with well-developed characters and good writing. The love scenes that occur are a natural part of the story. So many magnificently wonderful things can happen in our lives, but also so much pain and loss can occur as we move through our life's journey --- not all of which can be healed or fixed. That is why I have come to enjoy reading a well-written historical romance: there is the consistency of overcoming obstacles so that the h/H may have their happy ending. Meridith Duran does this well with her amazing writing.
Nilabor
FINAL DECISION: Powerful as the characters have to overcome their experiences with death in Colonial India. The romance is sweeter than I might expect but life gets in their way. One of Duran's best.

THE STORY: Emmaline Martin is an heiress who has come to British Colonial India to marry the man who has been selected for her since her childhood. Emma suffers after the death of her parents on the journey to India. When Emma arrives, her fiance is not the man she thought he was and as India seems to be exploding all around her, Emma turns to Julian Sinclair, Duke of Auburn for help.

OPINION: I've had this book on my to-read list for years, but always shied away from reading it because people called it dark and difficult to read. I'm sorry now that I waited although it turns out that I read it at exactly the right time since it falls right before Duran's new book.

Yes, the subject matter is dark and the journey of this characters, especially Emma is difficult to read at times, but the story is fantastic and the romance balances beautifully the darkness of the plot.

That is what surprised me most about this book. The beauty of the love between Julian and Emma in the face of the darkness that threatens them everywhere. And the darkness is not merely external. Emma especially has trouble dealing with the events of her parents' deaths and then the horror of the Insurrection. I won't lie, sometimes these brutal events are difficult to read, but they are not gratuitous or unduly graphic. Emma has PTSD in a time that didn't have the vocabulary or understanding of what was happening to her.

She is difficult to get close to as a character because her pain keeps her emotions closed off and frozen. And that is one reason that I adored Julian. His determination and dedication to her when she pushes him away is sweet and lovely. I loved him and his strength in not allowing Emma's pain to push him away.

This is ultimately a hopeful book and I look forward to reading the story of Julian and Emma again and again over the years.

I really enjoyed the different setting for this book. It exposed me to a time period that I did not study in school and the book sparked my interest in reading more.

WORTH MENTIONING: The book takes place in India during the turmoil of attempts to overthrow of British rule in the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The book is sometimes violent and difficult to read but powerful.

CONNECTED BOOKS: THE DUKE OF SHADOWS was written as a standalone. However, Duran has written, years later, a book in the Rules for the Reckless series, THE SINS OF LORD LOCKWOOD, which tells the story of Lord Lockwood and his wife who appear in THE DUKE OF SHADOWS. The timeline of this book and its content now places is right around the same time as THE SINS OF LORD LOCKWOOD in the Rules of the Reckless series and it might even be considered to be part of that series now.

STAR RATING: I give this book 5 stars.
Hystana
Was skeptical first but after the 3rd chapters it was a page turner for me. The second part is even better. To sum up,

PART ONE - India 1857, is when the two main characters meet in India. Emma Martin been through a string of tragedies and Julian Sinclair, the Duke of Auburn, mixed English and India both were caught up in a war between a rebellion against the rule of the British East India Company and try to survive the unthinkable together. However, these two people tragically get separated in the midst of the war.

PART TWO - London 1861, they meet after years of separation where Julia believes Emma is dead and blaming himself for it, Emma the other hand knows Julian is alive and believing he never once was looking for her. They had so many obstacles to overcome, especially Emma what she's facing before India, the gruesome scenes that she had to see and Julian's betrayal. The story is so good it will takes you through a broad range of emotions until the last page. My only complaint about the endings..it's not enough and no epilogue either.

So looking forward to see Ms. Duran's other books since this is my first book of hers and was hoping the next one would be a story of Lord Lockwood and his wife but there's none. =(
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