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Foul Lady Fortune

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Gripping spy thriller has nice blend of history and fantasy.

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This is a gripping and tense spy thriller that skillfully blends in elements of historical fiction and superpower fantasy. Foul Lady Fortune picks up with characters from author Chloe Gong's These Violent Delights duology, although it's now four years later. It's not quite a sequel, but reading the other two books first will deepen your understanding of what some of the characters are grappling with. It's loosely based on Shakespeare's As You Like It, and may encourage viewers to read it or watch an adaptation.

Excitement and intrigue share the pages with sweeping and epic changes in the politics and society of Shanghai in the early 1930s. Teens will relate to Rosalind and Orion as they try to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their secrets while uncovering the truth behind the crimes. They'll also enjoy the fake couple's love-hate dynamics and witty dialogue. The first of two planned volumes, the story does not end here and will have fans eager for the next one.

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