Monday, September 05, 2016

Review for Tournament of Shadows by SA Meade


Tournament of Shadows by SA Meade -DNF.

BLURB:
In a shadowy game where defeat can mean death, a deal with the enemy can change things forever.
In 1842, Captain Gabriel O’Riordan of the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars is sent on a
mission to Bukhara. His task—to try to free two of his compatriots from the clutches of a mentally unstable Emir. On his way, he encounters Valentin Yakolev, an officer in the Russian Army, who is also on a mission—to persuade the Emir that an alliance with Russia would be in his best interest. Gabriel, disguised as a holy man, is not happy to be the object of Yakolev’s intense scrutiny. After all, he’s working for the opposing team in the Great Game being played between their two nations. When Gabriel realises that his mission is little more than a forlorn hope, a game he has no chance of winning, he’s desperate enough to turn to Valentin for help and offers him anything in return. What he doesn’t expect is to have his plans to return to Calcutta scuppered by events.
Instead, he and Valentin flee north, fighting off bandits, their desire for each other and the hardship of desert travel. Their travails bring them closer together until a secret from Valentin’s past tears them apart.
Can they set the past behind them and move on together?

My Review: I was given a copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I am afraid to say that I could not finish the book. However this was not the fault of the author nor the story and totally down to me. I was just not able to get my mind into the right place to read about spies in India.
It was a well written story and I was upset that I was unable to give it the right kind of attention so I will definitely give this one another try at a later date.


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