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  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Strang Communications (May 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616384964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616384968
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #882,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I took my first breath at page 52. Great opening scene that had me hooked on figuring out who injured Lord Stone and dared to harm others.

Lady Victoria Grayson is up for an adventure now that she's healed from her childhood illness. She arrives in London to visit her brother doctor, Lord Ravensmoore, only to be shunted to Lord Witt as her brother's healing skills are needed with Lord Stone. Lord Witt has been commissioned by the Prince Regent to investigate Lord Ravensmoore's doctoring skills which are highly unusual for a lord to practice.

There are twists and turns which Ms. Kent steers us through on solid writing. She has a keen eye for tortured souls and I appreciate her realistic, compassionate portrayals. Because of this, I look forward to her next book in this series.
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Will this be compared to The Chronicles of Narnia? June 18 2012
By Ada Brownell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'd read about two-thirds of the way through Chameleon when I decided I didn't like the book. It didn't appear to be the genre I read. Characters drank liquor, which I don't usually see in Christian fiction, and this predator hawk flying about symbolized danger.
Yet, I was hooked. Lady Victoria and her physician brother, Lord Ravensmoore, are determined to change the cruel or neglectful treatment of patients at the asylum for the insane.
Then there is the handsome former spy, Lord Witt, looking into a human attack by a hawk where the victim is near death. Witt allows Lady Victoria, whom he calls "little snoop,"to help investigate sometimes because he has an affection for her and she likes to solve mysteries.
I hated the character who trained hawks. I deducted he was the vicious Talon, the object of their search. But no one knows who Talon is.
A mental health institute was on my beat as a newspaper reporter and I was astonished at the diagnoses thought to be linked to insanity in the late 1800s: Paralysis, syphilis, Down's Syndrome, epilepsy, deafness, and a whole lot of physical problems that later experts learned had nothing to do with insanity. This book is set in 1818.
So it wasn't Lady Victoria's visits to the asylum and reading to patients that bothered me most, but the dreaded mammoth hawks who attempts to kill Ravensmoore and Witt.
I don't know if the author intended this book to be an allegory using imagery to reflect a spiritual message such as C.S. Lewis uses in the The Chronicles of Narnia, but a message came through loud and clear to me as the mammoth birds circle their prey.
First, Jesus warned that when the seeds of the gospel are sown in our hearts, some falls on the wayside and birds come in and devour it. In his explanation of the parable, Jesus said the birds symbolize Satan (Matthew 13 KJ).
Then we're told in John 10:10 the "thief," Satan, comes to kill steal and destroy, so I see the hawk, as Satan, pecking spiritual eyes out, ripping away faith's flesh, as well as destroying the eggs, baby chicks and squabs.
Yet, hawks are majestic beautiful birds with characteristics of the eagle. The Word reminds us the devil takes on many forms and could disguise himself as "an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14).
In Chameleon, the characters fight against the killer falcons, but according to scripture all we have to do against Satan is to resist him--for greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.
Jillian Kent, the author of Chameleon, has written a unique novel that satisfies the reader because there is victory, as well as romance.
The novel didn't follow through quite as far as I expected with the reflective imagery, but it's still a great read if you like suspense and allegories. As I said, I don't know if the author meant for it to be an allegory, but it seems so to me.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Too many errors to enjoy the book... July 18 2012
By Stephanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Chameleon has a really strange character: Talon. Very strange and a bit creepy. Ok, a lot creepy. Talon trains birds to attack people. Did I mention creepy?

The whole story revolves around the dark mystery of Talon. Who is he? Why is he using his birds to hunt and maim or kill members of Parliament? The whodunit ending was very surprising - I hadn't guessed it.

'When I noticed that a main character in the book, Ramsay, was misspelled on his first and second appearances in the book as RamsEy, I was afraid there might be trouble.

Sad to say, the editorial errors were numerous and more glaring than just spelling. These mistakes made reading difficult and confusing.

I really like the Regency style of Jillian's writings. Her subject matter of mental health practices of the day makes her books unique and different (although Talon was almost too much for me in this book). Unfortunately, the editorial errors made the book hard for me to enjoy, and Chameleon ultimately couldn't win me over.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine.*
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A STEP BACK IN TIME June 8 2012
By Kym McNabney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you love a good murder mystery set in the early 1800's, CHAMELEON by JILLIAN KENT is the novel for you. It's well written with well thought-out characters, and descriptive details. You'll feel as though you've stepped back in time.

Lady Victoria Grayson is swept into a new and exciting world. After being isolated with a childhood illness for most of her life, she is finally living what she had only read and dreamt of.

Lord Witt`s wartime profession as a spy, taught him that all are not who they claim to be. When the Regent request Lord Witt to investigate Lady Victoria's physician brother, Lord Ravensmoore, Witt could not have guessed he'd be taken with his sister.

It's not long before Lady Vitoria and Lord Witt find themselves in the middle of a plot targeting the lords of Parliament. Together their feelings for one another will be tested, as well as their faith.

CHAMELEON is heavy on mystery, intrigue, and scandal with a light sprinkling of romance. CHAMELEON is as much about Lady Victoria and Lord Witt, as it is about Victoria's brother, Lord Ravensmoore. As soon as Mercy came into the picture, I sense the next book in this series would be hers. What a great introduction to the next book.

*Please see my profile for more information on this review.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Regency mystery an adventurous journey May 28 2013
By Mary Hake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An intriguing story filled with suspense and danger. This regency set in 1818 England connects readers with Lady Victoria Grayson, who desires freedom and adventure following years of illness. Her brother, Lord Ravensmoore, wants to protect her but she becomes entangled in the mystery he has been called to deal with. Someone or something is attacking some of the lords with the intent to kill them. Who is the wicked Talon, who claims to be perpetrator of these evil deeds?

Victoria befriends Lady Phoebe and wonders about the girl's brother, Lord Ramsey. Victoria joins Lord Witt, a friend of her brother, in trying to unravel the strange goings-on. When her own life grows endangered, how will she escape? She draws on strength from God to withstand this life-threatening trial.

Each chapter of Chameleon opens with an appropriate quote that helps establish the mood. Jillian Kent has woven a masterful tale, as noted by the awards lists on which the books appears. It's the second in a series, but strong enough to stand alone.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
LOVED Lady Victoria and Lazarus!!! Aug. 17 2012
By Kara Grant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Chameleon by Jillian Kent
Review by Kara Grant
Minor Spoilers

**Kent's dedication: "This book is dedicated to the brokenhearted, to anyone who has ever felt left out, and to those who hold secrets close to their hearts."

My Review
The moment I saw Julie Lessman's comments with this book, "a mix of Sherlock Holmes meets Jane Austen," I knew I had to get a copy! The book was really slow at times, but Kent does an excellent job of building up the villain and his motive within the story. Victoria is the perfect protagonist and I fully agreed with every emotion and situation she experienced. The book did well to describe multiple angles of narration. At times it's with Victoria, at times it's Lord Witt, at times it's Lord Talon-the villain, and at times the narration reflects the patients in the asylum.

What I loved about the story
Victoria and her family; they really love each other and it's such a pleasure seeing how they work together in this story
The romance between Lord Witt and Victoria; they are so sweet and protective of one another and I found their adventure together to be utterly refreshing
Lord Ravensmoore and his heart for helping the less fortunate; he understands people and reaches out to them even though it takes a toll on his reputation with Parliament
Lazarus the dog; LOOOOOVED him!!!!!

There is also considerable violence in the book that surprised me. It makes for a great page turner, but the men who are injured in the story each encounter serious wounds. One character even has to look away because of the gore inflicted on the first victim. The villain in the story has no mercy and wishes to kill each victim. Not everyone who gets attacked dies, but the way they are hunted gets very intense. There are members of Parliament in the story who are corrupt and they have no concern about how their actions affect others. One of the issues in this story is about sexual abuse, but it fit into the plot really well. There are no details, but the subject matter is not for younger readers and it was the harshest part of the story.

There are also a few scenes in the asylum when Lord Ravensmoore and Victoria visit and for sensitive readers like myself it tugs at the heart to experience what the patients endured in those days. The setting takes place in 1818, but the way Kent writes it's just as realistic as being there. At one point Victoria and Lord Witt read the Bible to the girls they're visiting and it changes the atmosphere. That was one of my favorite scenes. Scripture is mentioned throughout the story.

Kent brilliantly writes about characters who have trouble believing in God and prayer as well as characters like Victoria who have learned what it means to truly suffer and yet only see the goodness of God in everything. Victoria has such a sweet spirit to both love and forgive, she has a talent for listening and observing others, she enjoys life and has an appreciation for things most people take for granted, and she is also feisty. She does not want to be tampered down with rules, but she also respects her place under her brother's authority. Despite certain content in this book that was harsh, I really loved reading about Victoria and her faithful companion Lazarus. They refuse to be what society expects of them yet they find adventure everywhere they go. They alone are worth reading this book and I highly recommend you grab a copy so you can experience their story! Please visit Jillian Kent at her website to learn more about her books and her wonderful personality, [...]
I want to thank Charisma House for the paperback review copy they provided. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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