The Jade Lioness by Christina Courtenay.
(Kumashiro Saga #3)
Genres: Historical Romance
Release Date: May 15th 2015.
Can an impossible love become possible?
Temperance Marston longs to escape war-torn England and explore the exotic empire of Japan. When offered the chance to accompany her cousin and Captain Noordholt on a trading expedition to Nagasaki, she jumps at the opportunity. However, she soon finds the country’s strict laws for foreigners curtail her freedom.
On a dangerous and foolhardy venture she meets Kazuo, a ronin. Kazuo is fascinated by her blonde hair and blue eyes, but he has a mission to complete and he cannot be distracted. Long ago, his father was accused of a crime he didn’t commit – stealing a valuable jade lioness ornament from the Shogun – and Kazuo must restore his family’s honour.
But when Temperance is kidnapped and sold as a concubine, he has to make a decision – can he save her and keep the promise he made to his father?
Book Review ~ ‘The Jade Lioness’ by Christina Courtenay ~ 5 Stars!
When I realised that ‘The Jade Lioness’ was another book in the ‘Kumashiro Saga’ I squealed with anticipation. This series by Christina Courtenay is what made me discover my love for Japan!
Temperance was a character that I really connected to in ‘The Gilded Fan’ so I was excited to see the rest of her story. It was enlightening to her change from a young girl who was held back by her family’s strong religious beliefs, to becoming a woman who craves adventure and is romantic to the bone. Her relationship with Midori and Nikko was such a joy to read, as they were such special characters to me in the previous book.
I loved the pace of this story, and how she meets Kazuo early on in the novel, but it takes a while for them to find each other again after she is kidnapped. In every step of her journey, Christina Courtenay describes the scenery, objects, and way of life of 1600s Japan, which makes you feel as though you are living the story, and not just reading it. From Temi’s experiences in the brothel to her adventures across land with Kazuo, you can just feel yourself there with her.
Along with some brilliantly crafted secondary characters, and the storyline of the mystery of the Jade Lioness, Christina Courtenay has delivered a fantastic addition to the ‘Kumashiro Saga’ which is definitely not to be missed.
GORGEOUS! 5 Stars! ❤
*Review copy was kindly provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*