Sunday, April 15, 2012
Review: A Lady’s Revenge by Tracey Devlyn
Tracey Devlyn’s debut Regency historical, A Lady’s Revenge, is a dark tale of spies, revenge, and a desperate yearning for love by a tortured heroine.
Guy has been sent to rescue the Raven, England’s premier spy, from the clutches of the French. Instead, he finds his childhood friend, Cora, brutalized in a torture chamber. He loves Cora, but has yet to convince her to marry him.
Cora became a spy to ferret out and punish the French agent who murdered her parents. To that end, she plays a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with her former captor as both seek to win in their high-stakes game of espionage. How can she love Guy or anyone else while the murderer runs free?
A Lady’s Revenge is not your typical Regency. Most focus on the era’s glittering surface of wealth, power, and courtly manners. A Lady’s Revenge injects a dose of reality by revealing the dark underbelly of deceit, terror, brutality and pain supporting the pretty facade.
Cora is literally a tortured heroine, suffering multiple episodes of physical abuse from her adversary as she seeks to protect those she loves. Although noble, dedicated and independent, Cora is also stubborn and single-minded, refusing help others will freely give, and in the process, causing more trouble for everyone.
Guy is heroic as he aids the driven Cora in her quest, while protecting her and trying to convince her to let others share her burdens.
A Lady’s Revenge is a little too dark for my taste, but will appeal to those who seek an alternative to the usual Regency.
Thank you all,
ARC provided by Sourcebooks