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Reviewed by Anelynde Smit for Readers' Favorite
Malkah Job: Eminence Grise by Vasilissa Wladowsky is the second book in the series. In the first book, Leda was stabbed and left for dead. Luckily, in book two she wakes up in hospital after an epic fight for her life. We are given a look into her mind; the men she holds dear, John Doe, Yosi, Lev, Drazen, and how she plays with them like a few bejeweled rings in her ever-manipulating fingers. We also learn just how strong and resilient she is. Going back to meet the man responsible for her falling into the trap in the first place, Bogdanov, Leda has unfinished business and must see to it that her life and that of her unborn baby are never in danger again. Her two other sons await her as she makes her way back to Israel. It is mostly John’s money that gets her what she wants, but her manipulation of this man can only go so far. There is also Rabbi Pinchas’s daughter Bruna, who was having dreams of a woman, almost like a second coming, but the face never fits in her memory. The Rabbi shows her a picture of Leda and there is shock and disbelief. Could she be the chosen one? Something of Jewish folklore or something much darker?
Malkah Job: Eminence Grise by Vasilissa Wladowsky is without a doubt a very complicated piece of work if you have not read the first book. I must admit, I did not like Leda in the beginning at all. Whether it be her infidelity or her lack of manners or even her manipulation of those around her, I found her hard to like. However, when we see a male character do the same, we think nothing of it. So, after much deliberation, I must give the author credit. They created a very complex, highly sensual, and very dangerous character who is pregnant for most of the book, but doesn’t show it that much. This is one badass woman who can think on her feet. As she relives the attack on her life, wondering where she went wrong, you get a glimpse of how her mind works. As this story unfolds, you will be on the edge of your seat. This book was an action-packed thrill ride!