The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
The Last Magician meets A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue in this thrilling tale filled with magic and set in the mysterious Carpathian Mountains where a girl must hunt down Vlad the Impaler’s cursed ring in order to save her father.
Some legends never die…
Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.
Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.
Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it.
Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by Simon Pulse
I am a huge fan of Jenn Bennett’s contemporary novels, so I was really excited to see that she was doing something very different from the others books I’ve read. She did not disappoint me.
The Lady Rogue was a fast paced book full of magic and folklore that I didn’t want to put down. I was honestly sad that I had to skip a day of reading to go to a concert, even though I really wanted to go. I had to wait to finish the last 70 pages and it drove me crazy.
The book starts with Theo is Istanbul with her tutor/babysitter. Her father is off finding another artifact. Usually Theo helps him with research, but he kept this one secret. Her father was working for a collector, Rothwild, that is obsessed with Dracula. He had a bone ring that was thought to be Vlad’s ring, but he hired Theo’s father to find two other rings. He believed that one was real and the other two were replicas. The legend behind the ring is that it wields power to whoever owns it. It also makes them pretty evil. The power is like a drug. But it’s also said that it was made from blood and bone which is what makes it special and almost a curse to whoever owns it. Because once it’s on, it can’t be removed.
Theo’s dad didn’t tell her, but he called up Huck to help him. Huck lived with Theo and her father in New York for years until her father caught them together after a party. It’s implied that they had sex, but I don’t think the book really said it. No matter what, they were caught in a compromising position. Huck left and moved in with his aunt overseas. Theo is devastated by this. Huck was her first love and she missed him terribly, while also be extremely angry at him for leaving. Huck shows up to Theo’s hotel room with a story about her father missing. There are also a couple men after him and Huck is sure it has to do with the search for Vlad’s ring.
Theo and Huck leave with little money and follow the trail where her father might have gone. He left his most recent journal with instructions for Huck to get it to Theo. There is a code written in it and she works on cracking it while they seem to be one step behind her father. They realize they are being followed and try to run. This makes them have to be more creative in their travel and they meet different people. Many with stories about Romania and Vlad. Even a witch. Theo believes her mother was killed by a cursed item, but her father and Huck don’t believe in magic the way Theo does. But many things happen that Huck can’t explain any other way.
The book was full of descriptions of different places on the trip from Istanbul to Romania. Theo and Huck have this incredible banter that I love in books. Traveling together makes them talk about what happened and revisit the feelings they’ve had for each other. My favorite part of the book besides, Theo and Huck, was the magic. I loved the stories, magical protection, curses, and spells. Theo was also strong and made sure Huck was reminded that women can be strong and handle things on their own. Which she continues to prove over and over. I don’t want to go too far into the story because I feel like this is best read without knowing much from the plot ahead of time.
I gave this book 5 stars. Thank you to Simon Pulse for sending me a physical copy for review and netgalley for the digital copy.
Have you read The Lady Rogue? Is it on your TBR? Have you read any of Jenn Bennett’s other books? If you enjoyed Hunting Prince Dracula, I think you will enjoy this book, too.