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The Shadow and the Star

(1992)
(The second book in the Victorian Hearts series)
A novel by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
Kinsale ( The Prince of Midnight ) makes a sincere attempt to rise above the standard historical romance by introducing an element of oriental mystery. Sadly, the attempt flounders in its own pretension, and the work is most enjoyable where it is most conventional. Kinsale alternates here between two related stories. One, set in Hawaii, follows young Samuel Gerard, whose childhood has been a nightmare of sexual and physical abuse. Given a home by the benevolent Lady Ashland, he soon becomes the protege of enigmatic Japanese butler Dojun, who coaches Sam in a Japanese system of fighting and self-discipline. In the second story, set in 1880s London, the impoverished but resolutely respectable Leda Etoile learns that Samuel, now full-grown and dazzlingly handsome, is behind a baffling series of thefts marring Queen Victoria's jubilee festivities. Unemployed and without funds, Leda accepts a position as Samuel's secretary and gradually succumbs to his charms. Samuel thinks that he has no interest in Leda, but then he also thinks that Dojun's training was disinterested. He's wrong on both counts.

Genre: Historical Romance

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Hardback Editions

May 1992 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Shadow and the Star
Author(s): Laura Kinsale
ISBN: 0-7278-4348-6 / 978-0-7278-4348-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
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April 1992 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Shadow and the Star
Author(s): Laura Kinsale
ISBN: 1-56054-329-9 / 978-1-56054-329-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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Paperback Editions

March 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Shadow and the Star
Author(s): Laura Kinsale
ISBN: 0-380-76131-9 / 978-0-380-76131-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon
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Audio Editions

November 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Shadow and the Star - Victorian Hearts, Book 2
Author(s): Laura Kinsale
Publisher: Hedgehog Inc
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November 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Shadow and the Star - Victorian Hearts, Book 2
Author(s): Laura Kinsale
Publisher: Hedgehog Inc
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November 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Shadow and the Star - Victorian Hearts, Book 2
Author(s): Laura Kinsale
Publisher: Hedgehog Inc
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Kindle Editions

March 2009 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Shadow and the Star
Author(s): Laura Kinsale
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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