Friday, December 17, 2021

Blog Tour: Of Daggers and Deception by A. L. Sowards

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 weapon 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.

I thoroughly enjoyed Of Sword and Shadow, so I was happy to see that Rasheed would be getting his own story, and not only that, but we still get to keep up on Gil and Eudocia's lives as well. They are an interesting family, and I love their interactions.
Side note: There are a LOT of different groups of people in this book. Catalans, Florentines, Turks, to name a few. I can't even begin to imagine the constant fighting that took place between all those factions back then. Actually, I can imagine it a bit, thanks to this book. This is one of the things I love about this Sowards' books - you not only get a great story, but you get a history lesson as well. 
My heart ached for all the trials Rasheed went through, but he still stayed strong in his faith, which is a great example for the rest of us. Trials can either make us bitter or make us better. It's always good to read examples of people who choose the latter route, even if they are fictional characters. 
Definitely a book I'm happy to put on my keeper shelf, and I look forward to reading it over and over again.
Title: Of Daggers and Deception
Author: A. L. Sowards
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.
Published: December 2021
ISBN: 1524420549
Source: I received an ecopy from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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