The Last Twilight by Marjorie M. Liu

Posted January 8, 2008 by Casee in Reviews | 5 Comments

Book description:

Doctor Rikki Kinn is a virus hunter – one of the best – working in the Congo for the CDC. But when mercenaries attempt to kidnap her in order to prevent an investigation into a new and deadly plague, her boss calls in a favor from the men at Dirk & Steele…

Africa is Amiri’s home, where he was raised to race as a cheetah, to wake with the sun. It is also a land of lingering nightmare, where he was kidnapped and experimented upon. Now, against his better judgment, Amiri has been asked to return to his homeland by his colleagues in Dirk & Steele – men who are friends and brothers, who like himself are more than human.

He must protect a woman who is the target of murderers, who has unwittingly involved herself in a conflict that threatens not only the lives of millions, but Amiri’s own soul…and his heart.

Is something in the air? I’m just wondering because for the last month or so, I’ve loved almost every book I’ve read. The only bad thing is that there’s only one way to go…down. Lucky for me, that didn’t happen with The Last Twilight. As a matter of fact, I’d have to say that the 7th installment of Liu’s Dirk & Steele series is the best one yet. That’s my not-so-humble opinion, of course.

When she’s called into the Congo to find out what killed 1,000 people, Dr. Rikki Kinn has no idea what she’s walking into. First of all, she’s almost gunned down before she can even get to the plane that will take her there. Finally arriving, Rikki finds that even she can not name what has killed so many people in such a short amount of time. When two men from a private security firm arrive at their camp, she makes a lasting first impression.

Ever since he escaped the Consortium prison, Amiri has been a loner. Returning to Africa for the first time in years was bittersweet. Charged with protecting an American doctor, Amiri does not expect the primitive urge he feels to keep Rikki safe. When the camp is attacked and almost everyone killed, Amiri and Eddie (another D&S agent) take Rikki and make a run for it in the jungle. It’s in the jungle that Rikki realizes that the virus that killed so many may have been man made.

I really loved this book. Rikki was a strong, yet likable heroine. As a shape-shifting Cheetah, Amiri was a fascinating hero. Living in Africa for almost his whole life, being kidnapped, then escaping, Amiri finds life very different in the streets of San Francisco. Both Rikki and Amiri were the epitome of a “tortured hero/heroine”. While on assignment several years ago, Rikki and the group of aid workers she was with here killed. As the sole survivor, Rikki always questioned why she was spared. It isn’t until Amiri forces her to take a deeper look that she realizes that what happened then and what is happening now are related. As for Amiri, his father (also a shape-shifter) got his human mother pregnant and then kidnapped him. Having very strict beliefs in the human race, his father tries to teach him that humans are not to be trusted. Though he loved his father, he was unable to accept when he killed the woman Amiri loved.

I think what I liked most about this book was that it returns to the root of the series. Dirk & Steele vs The Consortium. Good vs Evil. Adding the paranormal element just makes the series more brilliant. As in most Liu books, all is not what it seems. What may obviously seem like a betrayal may not necessarily be that. We also get to visit with some of our favorite Dirk & Steele characters which only make the book better.

5 out of 5.

This book will be available on Jan. 29th. You can pre-order it here.

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5 responses to “The Last Twilight by Marjorie M. Liu

  1. I’ve heard of this series and wanted to start it. Is it possible to not start at the begining and understand the world, characters, etc. or is this a series that must be read in order?

  2. Hi Brie,

    I think that though it’s a series, Liu has written it so you can start with any one as a stand alone. There are just little things here and there that you’ll appreciate more if you read them in order. 🙂

  3. I skipped the review, but just wanted to tell you that I’m glad you enjoyed the book 😀 I will probably give it a try LOL, as usual 🙂

  4. Yay for you being on a great book reading run! (I’m living for that moment!) I haven’t read Liu yet but I’m intrigued and now that she’s on her seventh book it would mean a large back list. Off to look up the first in the series.


  5. Casee, I really liked this book too. It truly amazes me when an author can keep your interest in a series so high and write very good books each time out.

    I also have to agree with your advice to Brie that these books can be read on their own. I just predict she will want to read the back list once she reads this one. 🙂

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