Foul Heart Huntsman (Foul Lady Fortune)

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Foul Heart Huntsman (Foul Lady Fortune)
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14+
Release Date
September 26, 2023
ISBN
978-1665905619
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights and Our Violent Ends comes the second book in the captivating Foul Lady Fortune duology following an immortal assassin in 1930s Shanghai as she races to save her country and her love.

Winter is drawing thick in 1932 Shanghai, as is the ever-nearing threat of a Japanese invasion.

Rosalind Lang has suffered the worst possible fate for a national spy: she’s been exposed. With the media storm camped outside her apartment for the infamous Lady Fortune, she’s barely left her bedroom in weeks, plotting her next course of action after Orion was taken and his memories of Rosalind wiped. Though their marriage might have been a sham, his absence hurts her more than any physical wound. She won’t rest until she gets him back.

But with her identity in the open, the task is near impossible. The only way to leave the city and rescue Orion is under the guise of a national tour. It’s easy to convince her superiors that the countryside needs unity more than ever, and who better than an immortal girl to stir pride and strength into the people?

When the tour goes wrong, however, everything Rosalind once knew is thrown up in the air. Taking refuge outside Shanghai, old ghosts come into the open and adversaries turn to allies. To save Orion, they must find a cure to his mother’s traitorous invention and take this dangerous chemical weapon away from impending foreign invasion—but the clock is ticking, and if Rosalind fails, it’s not only Orion she loses, but her nation itself.

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Thrilling ending
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What I liked:
Shakespeare's retelling at its finest, set in a covert world of 1930s Shanghai, has just the right amount of spy undercover intrigue and romance to make you swoon. I started the series with These Violent Delights and enjoyed every moment of the thrilling spy adventure set against the backdrop of natural history. Chole Gong knows how to keep you reading as she intricately weaves plot twists into the story. You are unsure how to trust, who to love, or who is dead; the whole thing is in the final book.
Final Verdict:
Foul Lady Fortune and Foul Lady Huntsman can be read without the previous two novels, but if you want to understand all the characters truly, I highly recommend you read These Violent Delights.
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Great Ending to a Great Series.
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With Orion stuck under his mother's control, Rosalind will do anything to get him back. While their relationship was supposed to be a farce, the heart wants what it wants and Rosalind wants her Orion back. So, she sticks her neck out and paints herself as a target, to get his mother's attention. But how is she supposed to break him from her control. She's experimenting and creating soldiers who are stronger than the average human and she isn't above using her sons either. Thankfully, Rosalind has the help of Alisia, Oliver, Celia, Phoebe and Silas. Each has their own strengths they bring to the table and if they work together, saving Orion will be easy. But what happens when the tables are turned?

When a blast from the past makes a reappearance in Rosalind's life, emotions that she thought were locked away threaten to overwhelm her. In a swirl of secrets and betrayal, it's going to take the help of everyone to put an end to Orion's mother. There are a lot of bumps in the road and each person has their own thing going on which only thickens the plot. Silas will do anything to catch Priest, which we learn is Phoebe, and she will do everything to keep the secret from him. Oliver and Celia struggles to accept their feelings for each other, especially with Oliver wanting to protect her over himself. And Rosalind and Orion struggle to break away from his mother and their feelings for one another will be tested and strained. Even though they all play their own part in the war between the Nationalists and the Communists, they realize the importance of family and bonds you form with one another. Not even a war can break them.

In this one, we get to see a sweeter side to the jagged edges that is Orion and Rosalind's relationship. I love watching Rosalind soften from this block of ice to a puddle. Betraying her cousin so many years ago still hangs over her shoulder and she's faced to reconcile this guilt that's eating her up. I enjoyed all of the relationships in this book for different reasons. Oliver and Celia have a sweet and supportive one. Rosalind and Orion have that friction with their constant push and pull. Phoebe and Silas's is wrapped in mystery and neither will admit their feelings. However, when lives are on the line, it can change your perspective on what's important and what isn't.


Final Verdict: FOUL HEART HUNTSMAN brings readers a satisfying ending to Chloe Gong's series. It's perfect for fans of fantasy, romance, and action. She creates characters that we fall in love with and can't get enough of. I look forward to reading more of her works and this one left me completely satisfied even though I'm sad it's over, at least I think it is. If not I'm totally okay with more!
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Feast of Action and Romance!
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This book was the perfect culmination of the books and novellas surrounding Chloe Gong’s Shanghai 1920s-1930s historical fantasy. I loved diving deep into the characters’ relationships with each other and the cameos of all the characters from previous books. Chloe Gong does an excellent job intricately detailing the atmosphere and political chaos of that era to set the stage, but this book shines through with the characters’ thoughts, motivations, and goals.
With the Civil War between the Nationalists and Communists and the invasion from the Japanese, our set of characters have one obstacle in their way after another as they also try to rescue Orion from his mother and save him from the brainwashing and other experiments. With the family/friend connections and the different faction allegiances, code names, triple agents, and secret identities this book might better be enjoyed by rereading the series to keep it all straight.
The different couples have the perfect amount of intense yearning and devotion while never being graphic. Orion’s amnesia allows for his relationship with Rosalind to build again which is swoon-worthy! It also acts as a handy device to help remember all the events and people. We see more of Oliver and Celia’s relationship and how he breaks through her resistance which is a great bonus.
I am sometimes left impatient to get back to other characters when the perspectives switch, but I never experienced that with this book. All the characters were involved in intense situations with a splash of romantic undertones that made it exciting to keep reading at every juncture.
Overall, this was a feast of details and romance with intense situations to keep the action turned high the whole book. It was everything desired for the second book in a duology to wrap everything up and the bonus cameos from it being the fifth book set with these characters. It is a thick book that feels like the perfect length. It is highly entertaining and ends on the perfect note!
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