Of Sword and Shadow by A.L. Sowards
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Book Description: Greece, 1379
She is known by many names, none of them her own. In truth, she is an unnamed slave, nothing more than a weapon in the hands of her owner in his attempts to provoke political mayhem. When she encounters a handsome young man while on an assignment, she thinks little of him—until he attempts to take what she has stolen. But in her line of work, failure is not an option.
Gillen is intrigued by the mysterious woman who thwarts his mission. But when his path crosses hers again, his intrigue turns to gratitude as the thief he comes to call Eudocia saves his life. The two form a bond of friendship and join forces to wrest control from a group of ruthless rulers. But as their camaraderie blossoms into something more, Gillen and Eudocia must fight for love even as they wage war for a better future.
My thoughts: A.L. Sowards is a talented author. She has shown that she can write historical fiction at any time period. I ALWAYS look forward to her books.
This story takes place during the medieval time period. War is brewing in Athens. A slave who is a talented thief is called upon to help with a revolt against the Catalan rulers. I love stories that take unlikely hero/heroine's and place them in a position to make a difference.
Her owner calls her Little Mouse, she doesn't have a name of her own, or it has been lost somewhere in time. She has a strong conscience, even though she is forced to steal for her master. She is at a crossroads in her life and she is helped along by the Basque known as Gillen.
This book is full of suspense, political intrigue, sword fights, and a bit of romance. I loved it!
Another big part of my early life was swimming. I swam for the Big Bend Manta Rays, the Moses Lake Manta Rays, Moses Lake High School, and Brigham Young University. (I still hold MLHS’s school record for the 100 yard breaststroke.) In addition to swimming, I studied Political Science and English at BYU.
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