Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.
Book: Foul Lady Fortune (Foul Lady Fortune 1) by Chloe Gong
Release Date: September 27th 2022
Tags: Shanghai | Sci-Fi | Bisexual MC | Transexual MC | Asexual MC | Demisexal MC | Murder Mystery | Historical
Trigger/Content Warnings: Murder | Death | Violence | Needles | Human Experimentation
Other books in this series I reviewed
This Violence Delights Duology
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.
Foul Lady Fortune is the start to a new duology by Chloe Gong, and set in the same world as The Violent Delights duology. While the author says you can read this book without having read the previous duology, I’m not sure I agree.
Rosalind was a character in the original duology and now the main character in this duology. There is a lot to be found about who Rosalind used to be bofere she becomes Fortune in the previous duology. I think you need that to understand her better.
I have to say that in the first few 100 pages I struggled with Rosalind as a main character. Knowing what she did in the previous duology, I didn’t think to kindly to her as a character. But as the story progresses we see that she has learned from that time. About who she is and what she cares about. I still think there isn’t enough build to her initial betrayal in the original duology but at least she seems to have grown from that.
Owen has a secondary character next to Rosalind was interesting as he was much more open. Or he seems to be. He has a very different style to being a spy, using his charm to get things. But there is a lot about him that is hidden beneath the surface.
As the story continued I became much more interested in the mystery of who was killing these people on the street and what that had to do with this newspaper. Seeing Celia, her partner, Alisa, meething Phoebe and Silas. They all added to this story by their abbilities and personalities.
And now I am looking forward to the next book.