Book Review: Of Sword and Shadow

Book Review: Of Sword and Shadow

About the Book:

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:

I’ve never read a novel set in 14th century Greece so this book was a new setting. The author started by giving you a lot of cultural and historical detail. I generally prefer to discover the details within the story, however, even with the historical context laid out I found some of the allegiances, both political and religious, to be rather complicated.

That said, the author did usher me into a new world, full of intrigue, danger and brutality. The life of an unnamed slave girl woven together with the passions of a political zealot created a fascinating and page turning story. I appreciated the characters and the writing kept my attention, however, the harshness of the world of the novel wasn’t really my cup of tea at the moment. I’m just not reading a lot of the thriller genre these days. If you like a bit of intrigue and don’t mind finding yourself in the middle of a war or the underbelly of the slave trade then this page turner might be for you. It was certainly well written and exciting.

I received a free digital copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.