If you found this content anywhere else apart from http://nocturnalbookreviews.blogspot.com/ it's being used by a content scraper. Please consider using the link above and subscribing to my blog Nocturnal Book Reviews directly. Thank you!


I'm using IntenseDebate which doesn't show up if you browse home page. The comments are visible on individual posts.

The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne REVIEW

The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne (The Spymaster's Lady #4)


Synopsis from Goodreads
He is her enemy.
He is her lover.
He is her only hope.

Someone is stalking agent Justine DeCabrillac through London's gray streets. Under cover of the rain, the assassin strikes—and Justine staggers to the door of the one man who can save her. The man she once loved. The man she hated. Adrian Hawkhurst.

Adrian wanted the treacherous beauty known as "Owl" back in his bed, but not wounded and clinging to life. Now, as he helps her heal, the two must learn to trust each other to confront the hidden menace that's trying to kill them—and survive long enough to explore the passion simmering between them once again.

 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK |  The Book Depository US/UK

* * * 
I've said it time and again, - Joanna Bourne is incredible. Her books are pure poetry, philosophical, deep, melancholic and immensely romantic. She also put huge amount of research in the subject - French Revolution and Napoleon's Empire.

French Revolution is one of my favourite settings for historical romances - spies, assassins, looser morals, than in Victorian era, desperation and survival of the fittest... It's wild, brutal, and it's time of great changes.

The Black Hawk follows the life of two spies - a French one, Justine, and an English one, Adrian. The book starts in the present and goes back in flashes through years of their complicated relations, because Adrian and Justine had known each other since they were children.

Even as children they are so old and wise for their age it's creepy and sad. Adrian grew up on the streets of London as a thief, Justine, a daughter of an aristocrat, was molested as a child and sold into a brothel. Both escaped and survived by being picked up and trained to be spies.

Even as teens they are mad for each other, but their responsibilities come first. It's hugely romantic how they snatch precious moments to meet risking their lives over both sides of the Channel, how they save each others' lives countless times despite trying to reject their relationship for each others safety.

They are pure star-crossed lovers, and when they reunite in their late thirties, Justine is dying, and it's up to Adrian to save her life and find those responsible for an attempt to assassinate her.

Joanna's writing is gorgeous, and this book was one of the two best historical romances I've read last year. Highly recommended.

* * *
Как обычно, стиль Джоанны невыносимо прекрасен! Я просто обожаю её книги, и Чёрный Ястреб - не исключение.

Эта книга продолжает шпионскую эпопею, начиная с Французской Революции и заканчивая закатом Наполеоновской эры, в этот раз сосредоточив внимание на героях, которых я успела полюбить в предыдущих книгах -  Адриане и Жюстине.

Книга начинается в настоящем когда умирающая Жюстина умудряется дойти до штаб-квартиры английских шпионов в Лондоне, которой заведует Адриан. Теперь от него зависит найти кто попытался её убить и спасти женщину, которую от не переставал любить на протяжении всей своей жизни.

С этого момента повествование переходит то в прошлое, то в настоящее. Адриан и Жюстина встречаются совсем детьми, не по годам мудрыми, но детьми.

Жюстина, дочь убитого в революции аритократа, была продана совсем ребёнком в бордель, а Адриан вырос на улицах Лондона и промышлял воровством, пока обоих не нашли шпионы по обе стороны английского канала, оценили их потенциал их стали их обучать.

С того момента, как дети встречаются их жизнь начинает переплетаться во множество нитей и приключений. По мере взросления они понимают, что совершенно без ума друг от друга, и начинается их совершенно дикая и опасная тайная связь, когда по своим заданиям они попадают в одни и те же места и пытаются достать одни и те же документы или выведать одни и те же тайны... Оба спасают друг другу жизнь несметное количество раз и оба пытаются безрезультатно прекратить их отношения, чтобы обеспечить друг другу относительную безопасность.

Проходят годы после того, как их отношения наконец прерываются Жюстиной, пока она вновь не оказывается на пороге дома Адриана, и вся остальная книга это воссоединение двух людей, которые были созданы друг для друга.

Необычайно романтичная, философская, меланхоличная история любви на всю жизнь. Чрезвычайно рекомендую!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Subscribe with Feedly

Subscribe with bloglovin

Follow on Bloglovin

Linky Followers

Karina on goodreads

Subscribe by Email


Followers via Bloglovin

Follow on Bloglovin


grab our button



The Night Circus
Gabriel's Inferno


In case of zombie apocalypse

Hey, guys! I feel like I should say this just in case :)
If you'd like to sponsor a fellow book addict who sometimes can't sleep at night worrying that she won't have enough books to read if internet goes down in the event of zombie apocalypse (I'm convinced it's one of the top five ways to go for human race) you can donate through Paypal to olivesandacorns at gmail dot com or buy a book through any of the links provided with my reviews which will send me a small percentage from the sale. All proceeds will go towards my enormous TBR. I will also shelter you on the remote farm in Portugal when zombie apocalypse starts provided you survive getting there. There will be books, yay?
Thank you! Love you all

Book Blogger Directory


Powered by Blogger.

Blog Stats since May 2011