Of Sword and Shadow by A.L. Sowards ~ JustRead Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Of Sword and Shadow JustRead Blog Tour 

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Of Sword and Shadow

Title: Of Sword and Shadow 
Author: A. L. Sowards
Publisher: Covenant Communications 
Release Date: February 2021
Genre: Action Adventure Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

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.

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My Review: 

I was intrigued first by the setting, as 1300's Greece is not something that I believe I have ever read about before, and this book was an excellent introduction of the time period. 

An action-packed read that follows an enslaved thief, without a name, called Mouse or Girl by her ambitious master, she is skilled in deception, thievery, and escape. Her small crew is hired to help over throw an empire, planting seeds of mistrust and destroying alliances. She is intrigued by a God who could forgive even her gravest sins, and tempted by a love just out of reach, I admired her quick thinking and loyalty, as well as how she is willing to learn and longs for a more simple honest life. 

Well researched, this book vividly brings the physical and political landscape to life in a not oft written about time period. Gillen is a likable hero, dashing, and gentlemanly, willing to make sacrifices. A action-filled historical, that brings to life the conflicts of the time, with well written characters that spark curiosity, along with faith and romance!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


A. L. Sowards

A. L. Sowards is the author of multiple historical fiction novels, with settings spanning the globe from the fourteenth to twentieth centuries. Her stories have become Whitney Finalists and won a Whitney Award, reached the number one spot across multiple Amazon categories, received praise from the Historical Novel Society, and been loved by readers from a variety of backgrounds. She has called both Washington State and Utah home, and is now in the process of adding Alaska to the list. She enjoys hiking and swimming, usually manages to keep up with the laundry, and loves it when someone else cooks dinner. She lives with her husband, three children, and an ever-growing library.

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(1) winner will receive a $15 Amazon gift card and a print copy of Of Sword and Shadow!

Of Sword and Shadows JustRead Giveaway

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  1. Glad to hear you enjoyed the story! I haven't read a book with this setting before either!

  2. Thank you so much for your review! - JustRead Tours

  3. This sounds like a great book. Nice cover!

  4. Sounds fascinating! Thank you for sharing.


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