Malkah Job

Part Two, Éminence Grise

Romance - Contemporary
530 Pages
Reviewed on 12/21/2021
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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!

Editorial review

This book does not offer the instant thrill of the carousel and shiny lights of the blockbusters, but it demands from the reader concentration and dedication.
It is like an avalanche forming from a snowflake.
The reward is when you are pulled into the mesmerizing world of intrigue, espionage, and Judaism, where nothing is as it seems at first sight, and you are freed from banality, false morality, and political correctness of the modern world.
New insights are revealed each time the book is read, each time on a more mystique level.

To know Leda and her mission is to read between layers of action and love veils, to examine one’s own ethics, morality, and values,
to stand in awe in front of divine beauty and tremble in front of the horrendous killer. This is divine nature, and this is our nature too.
It happens gradually, just like in real life; you must dedicate time and effort to know someone.

Leda is a mirror of all of us, and everybody has a light and dark side in themselves, even if they don’t want to admit that.

Style is vivid, dense, rich, sharp but does not bother the reader with unimportant decorations and tedious descriptions,
and at the same time, it offers the vast possibility to learn new things and expand own views. On the other hand, it almost seems autobiographic because the narrator does not bother to ask permission from her characters when to speak.

Fundamental movers of the human race have always been sex and death, and in this book, you will have plenty of both of it. But you will have more than that – the epic love story that will shake you to the core.
If you let Leda enter your heart once, she will never leave you again. You will be her pawn, and she will be your queen, and together you will start the final Tikkun Olam – repairing the world.
And the Almighty? He is smiling at Leda.