History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?
Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.
As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.
Can I just go ahead and just rant and rave about how awesome this book was?! Well, it was amazing! I couldn’t put it down! I was so impressed with how Sharon Cameron redid her own version of The Scarlet Pimpernel (which is a favorite of mine book and the 1982 Jane Seymoure movie adaptation). It was BRILLIANT, she took apart characters and created different/new characters with individual aspects that were in specific characters from the original telling.
I enjoyed how this story takes place MANY years from now where the world went through a technology-earth destruction that killed many people as they relied so much on technology that they didnt know how to survive without it. So technology has been outlawed and those that fund, use, or any way get access to technology are put to death. This society has decided to revert back to the 17th century style of living. With big hair, lots of makeup and ridiculous outfits.
We have Sophia who is our main character and she is a completely fun, I had a blast reading her adventures and character development. She’s normal too, with all the feelings and emotions of any normal girl. Yet with a bit more adventure than the average girl she is just cool.
I completely enjoyed the brother/sister relationship between Sophia and her brother Tom. I loved reading their interactions and what they were willing to do for each other.
The action was crazy and had me biting my nails and sitting at the edge of my seat holding the book 2 inches from my face because I had to know what was going to happen next.
LeBlanc our villain was INSANE, literally INSANE, his logic, way of thinking the world should be and the sickness in his own mind was fascinating! I was creeped out and disgusted by him which made him completely fun to read about. Creepy creepy man….
I was floored with the twist and turns of this story. I kept second guessing myself with pointing the fingers to every character who I thought was the “bad guy” and when all was reveled…whoa. didn’t see it coming.
I actually didn’t mind the romance in this. There is a bit of a love triangle that wasn’t bad to read at all! Plus the romance didn’t overwhelm the story. It was a nice undertone which kept you interesting which I prefer!
Overall the author did a GREAT job of writing her own version of this story and I thought she was brilliant!
Sexual Content: mild
Violence: moderate (PG-13 not too graphic)
Sharon has been a classical piano teach, genealogist, chair of a non-profit local theater group, coordinator of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Midsouth Conference. Sharon has been awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award for her debut novel The Dark Unwinding. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her family and loves to shoot her longbow and search for secret passages while traveling the world.