Books by Marjorie M. Liu

B
Within the Flames

One advantage that romance series have over other genre series is that they can change up the characters. While the Harry Potter books require a deft writer who can show us both character growth and story progression, a romance author can introduce a new couple every novel and only minimally progres ...

C+
In the Dark of Dreams

One of my favorite quotes is from English poet D. H. Lawrence: "They say the sea is cold but the sea contains the hottest blood of all." The quote refers to whales but could as easily apply to the Krackeni, the mer people of the world of Dirk and Steele. In this, the tenth novel set in that universe ...

C
A Wild Light

Somewhere, buried amidst the magical events and lyrical descriptions and world-building and death and destruction, A Wild Light has a good story and a compelling heroine. The trouble was, I had to dig waaaaaay too deep to even recognize that they exist. Maxine Kiss is a woman wi ...

B-
The Wild Road

Late last year I discovered Marjorie M. Liu's Dirk and Steele series, and read all but one of the full-length books and her short story from the Dark Dreamers anthology. That short story introduced a family of gargoyle brothers into the author's urban fantasy romance world, and added one to the rank ...

C
The Iron Hunt

The Iron Hunt is the first book in a new urban fantasy series, but it is also the sequel to Liu's contribution to the Wild Thing anthology (Hunter Kiss, which earned an A- grade from an AAR colleague). I highly recommend picking up the anthology, as this is not a stand-alone novel by any means. Th ...

B
The Last Twilight

I already had a Dirk and Steele novel in my tbr pile, so I was happy for the chance to review The Last Twilight , the most recent installment in this unique series. Luckily, the story stands on its own, so I wasn’t lost. In fact, the hints of backstory, mixed with the success of this book, only en ...

B
Soul Song

While this book says it’s a Dirk & Steele romance, Soul Song is only very loosely connected with the other books in this series, so if you are looking for more of a tie in with past characters, you won’t find it here. Still, as more of a stand alone novel, this had fun characters and a quick ...

A-
Eye of Heaven

It's always a treat when a series doesn't disappoint. Progressively, this series has just gotten better and better. Liu has created a world with strong and interesting heroes and heroines. I can’t wait to read more! The Dirk & Steele Agency is much more than a detective agency, a ...

B
The Red Heart of Jade

If you’re looking for an easy read, a book you can speed through on cruise-control, something you can put down or pick up at will, you should probably skip Marjorie M. Liu’s The Red Heart of Jade. If, however, you’re looking for an engagement, something to really sink your teeth into, then thi ...

B
Shadow Touch

Marjorie M. Liu made quite a splash with her 2005 debut Tiger Eye. I have to admit that while I liked the first few chapters well enough, the story didn't grab me enough to make me pick it up again after I set it down and I never finished it. Shadow Touch, the second book in the series, sounded so t ...