The Ninja Betrayed

Agora: Polis. (Lily Wong, Bk. 3). Sept. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781951709365. pap. $16.95. THRILLER
The third “Lily Wong” title (after The Ninja’s Blade) has the Chinese Norwegian ninja traveling to Hong Kong with her mother Violet. Long-brewing tensions between her mother and grandfather are Lily’s first clue that this isn’t going to be a relaxing vacation. As Lily watches Violet’s anxiety grow about her position in the family business, her own unease increases when she must fend off attacks on other people in the company. Lily tries not to let these problems interfere with her blossoming relationship with Daniel Kwok, who has arrived in Hong Kong on business. She can’t escape her destiny, however. Between squeezing in dates with Daniel and rescuing a teenage girl caught up in explosive protests that have disrupted Hong Kong, Lily discovers that she’s dealing with dangerous members of a local triad. She will have to figure out whom she can trust before someone dear to her pays the price.
VERDICT Eldridge’s series just keeps getting better. While readers can enjoy this book without having read the first two, a series highlight is Lily’s evolution and the complexity and growth of her relationships. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy strong heroines forging their own paths, like Deanna Raybourn’s Victoria Speedwell, S. J. Rozan’s Lydia Chin, and Gigi Pandian’s Jaya Jones.
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