The Emperor’s Conspiracy
by Michelle Diener
Publication Date: November 27, 2012 | Gallery Books | 336p
What Did I Think?
I really thought that I was going to be reading a Historical Romance which is something that I had a lot of preconceived notions about. This is historical Romance but it is so much more than that. I was so surprised to find mystery involved as well. The plot is well thought out and executed.
I love that we get insight into both the proper way of life and into the underworld of history as well. I think this is my favorite thing about the novel, Charlotte's journey to balance between the two world's. It was interesting to see her loyalty to the people that helped her survive when she was younger and her desire to be proper and to have a better life. I do think that her desire for a better life was even rooted in her loyalty to her original friends, she knew she could enhance their lives that way as well. Charlotte herself is also a fabulous main character, I felt she was true to the time period but not a stereotype wilting flower either.
I hope that we get more about these characters, especially Luke. I felt that the ending was a bit abrupt but that might be just because I was enjoying it so much I was not ready for it to be over! I am so excited to have found a new author to read. I plan to search out more of her books because I really enjoyed this one.
BOTTOM LINE: Loved it.
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Source: Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours sent me a copy for review.