Tiger Eye by Marjorie M Liu
He looks completely out of place in Dela Reese’s Beijing hotel room—like the tragic hero of some epic tale, exotic and poignant. He is like nothing from her world, neither his variegated hair nor his feline yellow eyes. Yet Dela has danced through the echo of his soul, and she knows this warrior would obey.
Hari has been used and abused for millennia; he is jaded, dull, tired. But upon his release from the riddle box, Hari sees his new mistress is different. In Dela’s eyes he sees a hidden power. This woman is the key. If only he dares protect, where before he has savaged; love, where before he’s known hate. For Dela, he will dare all.
I first found out about this book through the game made by Passion Fruit Games. but until recently I had forgotten and/or didn’t have the spare money for the book itself – now I’m glad I bought the book this past week. It’s rich in symbolism and the last name given to Hari made me laugh, concerning his first name I have to wonder if the translation is the same given that Mandarin and Japanese are similar… *fires off the question via twitter* In any case, if it is, the meaning isn’t lost on me. (For those who read this and are wondering, Hari means Spring)
The book’s twists and turns made for a read that grabbed me and wouldn’t let go, I should find a listing of the books in that series and see about acquiring the rest; the first is just that good!