When one of his best friends is abducted, Rasheed immediately gathers a rescue party. Joining forces with the mysterious Cecilia, the group faces pirates, old enemies, and a host of other foes. Rasheed forms a surprising connection with Cecilia, but he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, especially when they are forced to choose between love and duty.
With vivid descriptions, Ms. Sowards makes this tale set in the 1300’s in Europe come alive. I love historical fiction, but know little about this time period. After reading this book, I feel like I have gained more knowledge and experienced in what it would have been like to have lived then. The well-written plot transported me to a war torn era with danger and suspicion around every corner.
Many years ago, Rasheed risked and lost everything he had in order to honor and protect a young lady’s reputation. His actions changed the course of his life and proved that he was an honorable man. I enjoyed seeing Rasheed learn to trust and deepen his relationships with family and friends, both old and new.
Political conflicts, uncertainty, mystery, and love were all there in this book. If you enjoy Middle Ages stories, you will enjoy reading this second book of the Duchy of Athens series.
I was given this book to review by NetGalley, the publisher, and author. I was not required to write a positive review; all opinions are my own.
About the Author:
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 earned a Whitney Award, several Whitney Finalists positions, and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal. She enjoys hiking and swimming, usually manages to keep up with the laundry, and loves it when someone else cooks dinner. She currently lives in the beautiful state of Alaska with her husband, three children, and an ever-growing library.
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