Of Sword and Shadow
Author: AL Sowards
Published: February 2021
FTC FYI: I received a copy from Netgalley. All views and opinions expressed are my own.
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.
This book was such a wonderful, intriguing read. I was pulled into the amazing setting quickly and I appreciated the different landscape to imagine while reading. It was a beautiful, refreshing change. Eudocia (well, Little Mouse) was a fascinating character. She had no name, but was known by her master as Little Mouse. Her loyalty is almost her downfall, but I really loved her and the growth she experiences. I enjoyed her even more when Gillen enters her life and the possibilities he could bring to her future. Both of them are wonderful characters, strong and valuable. Each character was exceptional. I appreciated the added historical definitions given at the beginning of the book. It really helps to take that few minutes and read through those terms.
5 out of 5 stars!