Of Daggers and Deception by A. L. Sowards
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Source: I received a review copy and purchased a kindle copy.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Book Description: After years as a soldier and mercenary, Rasheed has retired from battle to run the bathhouse in Thebes with his friends Gillen and Eudocia. The simple life suits them, so when Venetian strangers come to town looking to hire the renowned crew, their answer is no. But when one of his friends is abducted, Rasheed is left with no choice but to take up his weapons and join forces with the Venetians, including the beautiful and clever Cecilia, whose betrothed has also been seized by the unknown foe.
As the reluctant allies face ambushes and the looming threat of capture, Rasheed and Cecilia forge a surprising connection. But as the party races to rescue their friends, Rasheed discovers that nothing is as it seems. As his trust in Cecilia begins to waver, he realizes that in the end, they will both be forced to make a choice between love and duty.
My thoughts: A. L. Sowards has a gift at bringing characters and historical periods to life.
I loved the first book in this series, Of Sword and Shadow. This book features one of the characters that I loved in the first book. Rasheed is a formidable soldier who has ended his time as a mercenary soldier. He has a place to call home and friends that he can count on.
Everything changes when strangers come to the bathhouse inquiring about their services. Everything changes when his friends are attacked and one taken hostage. It becomes a personal issue when they join forces with a group they do not trust.
I was very excited to revisit the characters in this series. A. L. Sowards wrote them in a compelling way that I wanted to find out what happened to them. This story carries the element of mystery, suspense, and romance that I have come to love in her books.
If you love stories that are intriguing, are historical fiction, and have great characters. You should pick it up. You can read this as a stand-alone, but I recommend reading them in order. You will be glad that you did.
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