Foul Lady Fortune

Foul Lady Fortune
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September 27, 2022
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights and Our Violent Ends comes the first book in a captivating new duology following an ill-matched pair of spies posing as a married couple to investigate a series of brutal murders in 1930s Shanghai.

It’s 1931 in Shanghai, and the stage is set for a new decade of intrigue.

Four years ago, Rosalind Lang was brought back from the brink of death, but the strange experiment that saved her also stopped her from sleeping and aging—and allows her to heal from any wound. In short, Rosalind cannot die. Now, desperate for redemption for her traitorous past, she uses her abilities as an assassin for her country.

Code name: Fortune.

But when the Japanese Imperial Army begins its invasion march, Rosalind’s mission pivots. A series of murders is causing unrest in Shanghai, and the Japanese are under suspicion. Rosalind’s new orders are to infiltrate foreign society and identify the culprits behind the terror plot before more of her people are killed.

To reduce suspicion, however, she must pose as the wife of another Nationalist spy, Orion Hong, and though Rosalind finds Orion’s cavalier attitude and playboy demeanor infuriating, she is willing to work with him for the greater good. But Orion has an agenda of his own, and Rosalind has secrets that she wants to keep buried. As they both attempt to unravel the conspiracy, the two spies soon find that there are deeper and more horrifying layers to this mystery than they ever imagined.

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She's an assassin. He's a spy. How can I make it anymore obvious(ly adorable with a great need for the next book)?

Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong is YA historical fantasy that follows the dangerous life and lies of Rosalind Lang, as she navigates being an assassin with the Shanghai government. But a new mission arises when Japanese Imperial Army starts and unrest (aka a whole bunch of murder) overtake the streets. To get to the bottom of the unrest and to not raise suspicion, Rosalind goes undercover and disguises herself as the wife of another spy, Orion. Who prides himself on his wit and charm, with infuriates Rosalind to no end. But can she stand him long enough to complete her mission?

I really wish I had read this book later, because boy oh boy do I need the the sequel like NOW. Which just means I'll have to go back and read Gong's other two books (These Violent Delights and Our Violent Ends) in the mean time.

What I liked most about Foul Lady Fortune, was how much it reminded me of Spy X Family, without the whole plot of the characters having to adopt the child as part of the mission. But I really liked Rosalind and Orion's relationship, and the way it developed throughout. (Though I found myself swooning quite a number of times with Orion's 'my wife' bit.) I can't wait to read more of him in Last Violent Call.

Regardless, I also found myself being confused at times, when the plot seemed a bit convoluted. (Probably due to the many aliases and double names and triple names used throughout.) It became a bit of a hassle to remember who was who, and what their many names were. Not to mention there was POV beside Rosalind and Orion's that were secrets in themselves.

Nonetheless, I excitedly look forward into diving into Last Violent Call, and hopefully not crying my eyes out with it.
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