About the Book- Foul Lady Fortune
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 from 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.
Our Review of Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong
So this was my first book of 2023 :P. I am so glad that I picked Foul Lady fortune as my first pick for this year. Although I did take my own sweet time to finish the book, I had an amazing time. The surprise for me in this book was the fact that it is set in the same universe as “These Violent Delights“. sorry if I ruined the surprise for you but I was over the moon about this fact. Although Rose was the last person I expected to get her own book, it has shaped up so amazingly.
I don’t know how much of a spoiler I am being but if you have read Chloe Gong’s debut series then you will understand, why out of all characters, you wouldn’t expect a book to take this track for another story. What made These Violent Delights so delightful is back working its magic in this book too.
The best part about the previous and this current series is the fact that it brings so many historical episodes into the light. For somebody like me who have no idea or clue about these particular chapters of history ( terrible history student at work here), seeing it in works beneath an even more thrilling story is exciting, educative and alluring.
There is a flow to the book that is neither fast nor slow but with enough thrills and plot twists to keep you hooked. Must say I feel like revisiting the “These violent Delights” duology just to catch the glimpse of Rose and to compare her with this new version. I love how the book is sort of picking up after all that happened in the previous series but not so much entangled in it that you can’t pick this up without going through “These Violent Delights”
Fair Warning: If you haven’t finished the duology of These violent delights, DO NOT PICK this one as it gives away major spoilers about that series. There! consider yourself warned.
In conclusion, I would say that it would be probably much more fun if you pick this book after you have finished These violent delights. Since this book gives away everything that has happened in the previous two books and also because the book takes place in the same universe. But is it mandatory to read it to read this one? Absolutely Not because this is a new set of events and life so dive in. The book is amazing