Review- Silk And Shadows: Book 1 of the Silk Trilogy

Title: Silk and Shadows: Book 1 of the Silk Trilogy

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Mary Jo Putney


Source: purchase, Kindle

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5, explicit

Description from

He called himself Peregrine, the wanderer, and he came to London for revenge…

Like the falcon he named himself for, Peregrine is wild and free, an exotic prince who fascinates 1839 London with his wealth, mystery, and dangerous allure. He emerged from his mysterious Asiatic past to exact retribution for an appalling crime. Nothing and no one can stop him—except perhaps Lady Sara St. James, whose fragile beauty conceals a gentle heart, genuine goodness, and a soul of steel.

Unable to resist his seductive charm, Lady Sara turns away from her ordered life to embrace a man she loves, but cannot fully trust. In Sara, Peregrine sees a chance for a life beyond revenge. But can he keep her without revealing his devastating secrets? Or protect her from the enemy he has vowed to destroy?

The Silk Trilogy:
#1 Silk and Shadows
#2 Silk and Secrets
#3 Veils of Silk


Oh Wow! I loved this novel!  It was originally written in 2000 and just rereleased on Kindle.  This is my first Mary Jo Putney novel and I will definitely read more.

The villain in this story is so evil.  I can’t remember a villain this evil in another Historical Romance.  But not to be outdone is the hero, Peregrine, who is out for revenge and becomes obsessed with his quarry.  His obsession leads him to all manner of dastardly (did I just write dastardly?) deeds in the name of vengeance.

The heroine, Sara, falls under the spell of Peregrine for he has a magnetic personality and soon she has a broken engagement and is marrying the exotic newcomer.

Putney has developed these vastly different personalities into characters that jump off the page.  The secondary characters are ripe for sequels and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of them in later books in the trilogy.  This is a dark historical romance.  There are truly malevolent people and even the good guys have flaws; some definitely more wicked than others.

The romance is not tender and sweet, it is quick and passionate and we are left to wonder if it is just another of the hero’s ploys.

A really good read.  Now available from Amazon Kindle for $3.99.


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15 responses to “Review- Silk And Shadows: Book 1 of the Silk Trilogy

  1. Mo

    I have been eyeing this book for a while on amazon. Will definitely put it on my buy list now. I too haven’t read anything by Mary Jo Putney so will have to try her out. When I tried my first Julie Anne Long I loved it so much I went on a buying spree of her previous books, seriously dented my spending budget :). I’m going to have to tread carefully :).


  2. Edyta

    Where is the hero from? I am very intrigued in this one. I think I will get it.
    I just finished Nine Rules last night. It was good. I’d give it 4 – 4.5 stars. Your review is spot on Dot (even though the wordy ending knocked a star off for me).
    Mo I ended up getting a couple of Duran’s books at your suggestion. I’ve been eyeing them for a bit so you gave me the final push. I have a couple of UF books I want to read before I go back to HRs.


    • He arrives claiming to be a prince from one of the “stans” near India, Kirisstan?, no that’s not it, but there are questions about his accent. All is made clear, but I won’t give you any spoilers.


    • Mo

      Hi Edyta, I hope you like the Duran books. She certainly has a way with words. Glad you liked the MacLean, Nine rules is definitely her best.

      I just finished Chloe Neill’s latest and all I can say is, WOW. I am going to trust she knows what she is doing.

      Am currently reading my second Edith Layton book, The Choice, and am loving it. She writes a more traditional style regency but her characterisations are excellent.


      • I just got a Duran book and I’m putting the Layton on my wish list. I always love your recommendandations, Mo.


        • Edyta

          Which Duran did you get Dot? I have Duke of Shadows and Bound by Your Touch. Oh and a friend got her newest one (something with scandal in the title) so I’ll get that from her once she’s read it.


        • Mo

          Dot, I hope you like the Layton. I have read The Duke’s Wager and now The Choice and have really enjoyed them. Her books are not steamy in the current vogue but the tension she builds up is wonderful.

          Completely agree with your Hard Bitten review. The ending was interesting. I’m not angry about it like a lot of fans because I think there will be fun times ahead for Merit.

          Oh Edyta A Ladys Lesson in Scandal is the book that got me on a Duran glom 🙂 I just got Not quite a Husband from the library. See I can be swayed :).


      • I reviewed the Chloe Neill book here on July 11th. I thought the beginning slow and the ending worth the price of the book. I really want to read the next one which is out in November.


  3. I got Duke of Shadows. I went a bit nuts on ordering books, I got two Julie Anne Long Pennyroyal series books and Judith James’ Broken Wing. That buy 4 for the price of three suckers me in every time.


    • Mo

      I’m interested to see what you think of Broken Wing. I have this and have started it but I don’t think I was in the right frame of mind to read it. Its premise is definitely different to other HR, this makes it interesting. I’ll have to finish it soon.

      I hope What I did for a Duke was in your Long stash, I’d love to hear what you think of this one.


  4. Edyta

    I have Broken Wing on my Kindle, but I haven’t gotten to it (or the King’s Courtesan). I hear all this buzz about the Neill books, and if this is a UF series that Dot likes, I’ll have to give it a try (I know that UF has to be really good for you to like it).
    Mo, Sherry Thomas is my fav HR author by far, so far (nice sentence, no?). NQAH is really good, but PA is one of top 5 HRs for me.


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