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The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne REVIEW

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

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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.


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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.


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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!


10/10
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