Of Daggers and Deception by A.L. Sowards, Blog Tour & Giveaway!


Book Summary:

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 weapons 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.

 My Review:

Rasheed’s story was phenomenal. Sowards crafts a world full of family and the fight for freedom that the reader is transported to. I felt the physical and emotional love and pain alongside Rasheed. I felt his joy, his hurt, his love, his faith, and his desire to do the right things. It was like I was experiencing everything with him through the entire story. I was rooting for his success in every venture he sought out! Rasheed is one of those characters that feels like a real person. I felt like I knew him personally by the time the book was done. Sowards is gifted when she puts pen to paper that takes you into the medieval times and the ruthlessness that abounded there. If you are a fan of suspense, romance, and faith, then this is an absolute must read! I am still reflecting on the story days later. This one will stay with you. I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy at these various sites:



Barnes and Noble

Deseret Book

Seagull Book

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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