The Tenth Saint by D.J. Niko will take you on an adventure and will surely have you turning the pages quickly as it did me. The Tenth Saint is the first in the Sarah Weston Chronicles and I’ve actually done things a little backwards this time as I read the second in the series before this one but it made no difference. The Tenth Saint had me enthralled from the first pages to the last and I have to say that this series has me hooked. I love the characters and the fast paced story line with plenty of action!
The Tenth Saint finds archaeologist Sarah Weston in Ethiopia where she discovers an ancient tomb with unusual inscriptions on it. The tomb is said to belong to the tenth saint of Coptic Christianity and as Sarah delves into the case she finds that the remains of this rumored saint are odd and seemingly impossible as he is found to have fillings in his teeth that are unlike anything ever seen before leaving Sarah mystified. Sarah, along with Daniel Madigan who is anthropologist, set out to decipher these inscriptions and what they ultimately learn has the power to terrify them. They tell of the eventual destruction of the earth and man’s role in causing it to happen. As with any discovery Sarah wants to share it but quickly learns that there are some very powerful people that do not want to see these inscriptions come to light and they do will anything to make sure that they don’t. Soon enough Sarah and Daniel are putting their lives in danger and they can only hope to make it out alive.
I really like both Sarah and Daniel. Sarah is a very strong female character. She comes from privilege but has chosen to not live her life that way much to her father’s chagrin. I love that she falls head first into any situation, dangerous or not, in order to do what she believes is right. Daniel just seems to be a really great guy and together he and Sarah make a great team. Between the two of them they always manage to find trouble and then have to risk life and limb to get themselves out of it.
On another note I love D.J. Niko’s novels for the historical elements. I find it fascinating to learn all the information she includes on religion and ancient artifacts or writings. You can definitely tell that she loves what she writes about and meticulously researches all elements to bring them together in a fictional story that has you on the edge of your seat as it unfolds. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend The Tenth Saint or the Sarah Weston Chronicles to readers who enjoy historical fiction with a little mystery and adventure added in!
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I have one paperback copy of The Tenth Saint by D.J. Niko up for giveaway. To enter…
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Source: My own personal copy. Giveaway copy provided by the publisher. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.
My first experience with Deborah Swift’s work was when I read The Gilded Lily and loved it. Naturally I was excited to read A Divided Inheritance and once again was impressed with the storytelling ability of Deborah Swift. A Divided Inheritance carried me away on a historical adventure to another time and place with engaging characters and vivid imagery.
The year is 1609 when we meet Elspet Leviston who lives with her father and helps him to run their successful lace business. She enjoys the quiet time she has with her father and the discussions they have over business matters. When her father arrives home one day with a man in tow, a man that her father claims is her cousin, she is not at all impressed. She does not trust Zachary from the start and it isn’t long before he lives up to what she already thinks of him. He dominates her father’s time and worse yet her father’s plan is to groom Zachary to take over the lace business one day. Elspet had always imagined that her father would leave the business to her. Soon enough Zachary gets himself into trouble with the law and Elspet’s father sends him off on a Grand Tour to supposedly mature him. Things will return to normal now and Elspet will be able to talk some sense into her father… except that he passes on suddenly. Nobody is more surprised than Elspet when the will is read and she learns things that completely shock her. She is left with no choice other than to chase after Zachary to get back what she feels is rightfully hers.
She finally tracks him down in Spain where political and religious unrest is at a boiling point. She finds him doing what he loves – training in fencing. Of course he wants nothing to do with her but she does manage to catch the eye of the fencing master who invites her to stay and learn to fence. Things are in great turmoil though and it isn’t long before orders are given for the expulsion of the Spanish Muslims. This hits both Elspet and Zachary hard as their hearts are with those that have to leave. When things get out of hand and lives are threatened both Elspet and Zachary realize that despite their differences they are the only family either of them has and they fight for what they believe in.
Elspet is a great character and I was rooting for her all the way. Despite the fact that she was born in a time when women didn’t have a lot of rights Elspet was still outspoken and downright tough. Although scared she traveled to find Zachary and while there learned to fence with the men and then fought for her life. She most definitely had guts. Zachary is that guy that you despise but as time passes he redeems himself. This is one of those stories that you can lose yourself in for a while as it races from one point to another and at 500 pages that is a good thing. A Divided Inheritance is another excellent novel from Deborah Swift and well worth reading for any historical fan but will also appeal to those who love a good old adventurous tale!
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I have one paperback copy of A Divided Inheritance by Deborah Swift to share with my readers and best of all the giveaway is open internationally. To enter…
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Source: Review copy provided by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and the publisher. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.
Oh let me count the ways in which I enjoy the writing of Michelle Diener. Her newest novel Banquet of Lies was fantastic! I expected no less though after reading The Emperor’s Conspiracy this past year and loving it as well. Michelle has a way of weaving a tale that takes place during a historic time with characters and a thriller type storyline that enthralls the reader.
The year is 1812 and Giselle Barrington up to this point has had a unique and interesting life traveling all over with her father. She knows he’s involved in some type of political secrecy but he’s always kept her in he dark with it telling her that she’s safer not knowing the specifics. This changes drastically when he’s killed and Gigi is left with his secret papers and ‘the shadow man’ now chasing after her to kill her as well. These are important political papers and if only Gigi knew who they needed to go to she’d be in much less of a fix.
She is in trouble though and she falls back on something she loves to do and that ‘s cooking. She finds out through her loyal friend Georges that there is a position for a cook at the home of Lord Aldridge and even better it is only a few houses down from Giselle’s own family home. It’s the perfect place for her to hide as no one would suspect a society lady of being a cook in someone’s home. She’s hired as Madame Laveel by Edgars and once Lord Aldridge samples Gigi’s masterful cooking he is all but lost. Once he sees her in person he is lost as she is quite beautiful and he just can’t keep away the nagging feeling that he’s seen her before. Gigi remembers him from when she was a girl and she can’t help but notice how attractive he has become. However she’s there to cook and to see if she can’t get some snooping time in over at her home a few doors down. She’s quite sure the shadow man has followed her – she’s seen him lurking and following her. Yet that isn’t her only problem as Edgars begins to suspect her of something and accuses her of being a spy. He’s set on getting her fired and will do anything to achieve that goal. Gigi is in a world of trouble and worse yet who can she trust?
I really enjoyed Banquet of Lies and read it in one day. It was one of those books I just didn’t want to put down and it was gloomy outside and the perfect day to curl up with a good book. I loved the characters in this novel even the ones who played lesser roles like Georges who I adored because of how funny he was. Even Charlotte Raven from The Emperor’s Conspiracy makes a few appearances and she was a favorite of mine from that novel. Gigi is a very likable character. Shes’ a strong, independent, and a very outspoken woman who can be quite wily when she wants to be. I think a novel with her teaming up with Charlotte would be fantastic! I may even have fallen a bit for Lord Aldridge while reading this book as well. Lol.
For fans of historical fiction Banquet of Lies is the perfect pick with all its action and suspense! Packed with great characters and an intriguing storyline Banquet of Lies will be another favorite of mine from Michelle Diener.
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This giveaway is open to US residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on November 12/13. Good luck!
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.
The Loyalist’s Wife by Elaine Cougler is the first in a trilogy and if this novel is any indication of the ones to come then readers are sure in for a treat. Elaine’s storytelling ability is fantastic! She drew me into this novel right off the beginning and I found I could not put it down. The Loyalist’s Wife is about the struggles, perseverance, and courage of the pioneers back in the 1700′s telling a tale of the love, loyalty, and will they had to hope for a better future.
John and Lucy are pioneers in the wilds of New York State. They are young and have left all they know behind to start a new life and all is going well until John decides to join the Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King. Lucy is angry and hurt as she is going to be left alone on their farm which is very isolated where she will have to take care of all the chores, animals, and worse yet try to protect herself somehow. She has trouble understanding how John can even think of leaving her there alone but that is exactly what he does. It isn’t long before Lucy realizes she is pregnant and that raises the stakes even more for her especially as men begin to travel the countryside looking for land that they can steal and they have no issues with killing to get it. Lucy must protect herself and their land at all costs.
Meanwhile John is off fighting with the Butler’s Rangers and regretting his decision to leave Lucy alone on the farm. He wonders if she is safe and managing to handle the farm on her own. However he has to concentrate on keeping himself alive so that he can get back home to her. As the war escalates things for Lucy are becoming increasingly dangerous and she and her father decide to leave the farm and head to where John is stationed. The journey is hard especially with a baby and before long it becomes extremely harrowing and Lucy is left wondering if she will even live to see John again.
I’m always drawn to books about the pioneer life as it’s fascinating to look back at that time in our history. The author’s vivid descriptions of the hardships that the people suffered made me thankful for my life today. Many women were left alone when their men went off to war – left alone in desolate places where your nearest neighbor was miles away. They dealt daily with hard work and the fear of having evil men stop at their farms and take advantage of them. The Loyalist’s Wife was a great read and I can’t wait for the second one in the trilogy. Full of great characters that I came to truly care about and an interesting time in history The Loyalist’s Wife is a must read for historical fiction fans!
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I have one copy of The Loyalist’s Wife by Elaine Cougler to share with my readers. To enter…
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This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on November 2/13. Good luck!
Source: My own personal copy. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.