About Of Sword and Shadow
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.
I have read a lot of historical romance. But I have never read one quite like this one by A.L. Sowards. I love that she picked a time period that was not one usually picked. And I really loved the extra historical information she added, both at the begining and the end.
One thing that was really interesting about this book is that the main character doesn’t have a name. I’ve never seen that done in a book before, but this author did a great job with that. The main character is fantastic. The reader sees the whole book through her eyes. Because she’s kind of an unseen slave throughout most of the book, she has a really great view of everything that happens. I love that she has a sense of honor, even though she’s been raised as a theif.
Gillen is kind of the hero of the book. He goes out of his way to help our heroine. I loved the way he doesn’t see her as the lowest of the low. And he is able to see past who she appears to be, to really see the woman inside and learn to love her.
After reading this one, I have so many questions. Things I’d love to find out about the backgrounds of both of the characters. And it’d be kind of fun to learn more about this time period as well. I guess I’ve got some reasearch to do!
I was sent a copy of Of Sword and Shadow as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.