A very well-written Napoleonic-period adventure-romance between a chatty and resourceful French spy, Annique, and Robert, the stoic English spy whom she alternately rescues, kicks, is imprisoned by, seduces, and is seduced by. In between there's impersonation, field surgery, and lots and lots of intrigue.

The first two-thirds were fantastic. The last third suffered from Robert having all the power and Annique having very little, and from a revelation which tilted the deck even more in his favor. Also she has tons of angst over loving someone on the other side, while he ends up having little and thinking everything he's doing is A-OK. I started out liking him a lot and thinking they were well-matched, and ended up vaguely disliking him and thinking they wouldn't be happy together.

Two-thirds of a high recommendation, one-third meh. Beware spoilers in comments.

If anyone's read it, how's the sequel?
A very well-written Napoleonic-period adventure-romance between a chatty and resourceful French spy, Annique, and Robert, the stoic English spy whom she alternately rescues, kicks, is imprisoned by, seduces, and is seduced by. In between there's impersonation, field surgery, and lots and lots of intrigue.

The first two-thirds were fantastic. The last third suffered from Robert having all the power and Annique having very little, and from a revelation which tilted the deck even more in his favor. Also she has tons of angst over loving someone on the other side, while he ends up having little and thinking everything he's doing is A-OK. I started out liking him a lot and thinking they were well-matched, and ended up vaguely disliking him and thinking they wouldn't be happy together.

Two-thirds of a high recommendation, one-third meh. Beware spoilers in comments.

If anyone's read it, how's the sequel?
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