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Tournament of Shadows [Kindle Edition]

S.A. Meade

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Tournament of Shadows by S.A. Meade

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 interests. 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 to help and offer 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?

S.A. Meade

About the Author:

S.A. Meade has recently returned to England after 8 years in Arizona, where she learned to love air conditioners and realised that rain wasn't such a bad thing after all. She lives with her husband, son and two cats in one of the most beautiful villages in Wiltshire and is partial to gin and tonic with loads of ice and lemon.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3224 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (20 March 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J5L08XE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #575,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Story 3 April 2014
By Geoffrey Segebarth - Published on Amazon.com
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Tournament of Shadows is a riveting novel about two men engaged in dangerous professions in Uzbekistan. The novel pulls the reader into both of the characters and envelopes the reader in their complicated and evolving relationship. The travails endured by both men are harrowing and the reader wonders if either or both of them will survive. The novel deserves additional reviews and I'm glad to add my five-star evaluation to the other review. As per my normal practice I do not disclose anything about the plot.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really recommended. Seriously gorgeous. 30 March 2014
By RJ Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Captain Gabriel O’Riordan and Valentin Yakolev meet in very unexpected circumstances with one offering his body to the other in return of a favour. Neither is who they first appear to be. Think undercover and stealthy, think sacrificing self for others, think hero...

Secrets, journeys, danger, misunderstanding, love, and some incredibly beautiful love scenes make this a seriously cool book. This is *historical fiction* but if you don't normally read that sub genre of MM don't be put off. This is a timeless love story with a perfect HEA and if it means anything to anyone reading this I seriously just sat and read the whole book in one sitting.

The writing is utterly gorgeous... SA has a lyrical way of writing that just transports me to the scene. I even got tired of the heroes having to eat rice... ROFL
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a perfect blend of history 8 February 2015
By padme35 - Published on Amazon.com
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WOW! I found this book to be completely mesmerizing. As I've said before, I've always been a history buff and as most people usually have, I have certain areas that are of interest to me over others. I can safely say that the time frame and area that is touched upon in Tournament of Shadows has never really piqued my interest. Most of my knowledge from this area comes from Hollywood and we all know how accurate they aren't. So I went into this book not sure how I would feel. I was so pleasantly surprised. It's a perfect blend of history, well written characters, serious plot development and light-hearted dialogue. You can almost taste the desert sand during Gabriel and Valentin's trek both to and out of Bukhara. Some might say it's cliche to have enemies become friends, lovers, and have to rely on each other to survive, and I guess in that description it is cliche. But it most definitely does not read as cliche, it's anything but that. What they find together is pretty much what we all want but will it be enough to overcome who they are? I guess you'll have to check it out for yourself, which I highly recommend doing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeping, Sensual, Vibrant, Tender. Beautiful. 30 June 2014
By C. Percer - Published on Amazon.com
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S.A. Meade, hands down, is one of my favorite authors. Period. So rarely do I see such agonizingly beautiful prose that just isn't elegant but is also flawless in its delivery.

"Tournament of Shadows" was like losing myself an epic cinematic gem on the screen. Big, bold, vivid color, such gorgeous description of everything from the dry, parched desert to the fluttering of a bird from a roof. The sights, smells, sounds. To read this novel---or any novel by Ms. Meade for that matter---is an adventure.

The characters. HER characters! They are all so memorable. And...oh, gods...Gabriel O'Riordan and Valentin Yakolev were certainly no exceptions! Their physical characteristics so perfectly described. Their emotional bond so beautifully painted. They hurt, I hurt. They smiled, I smiled. Their intimacy was sublime, and that is one of the aspects I love so about Ms. Meade's writing. The intimacy between her characters is so base and needful yet so gentle and feather soft. And SO extremely sensual and arousing.

This story---a tale of to men on very opposite sides of a war---kept me on the edge of my seat. The sense of a dark secret, one that could so easily shatter the delicate bond the men had developed, kept me turning the pages. And I never say that lightly about a book, never say it just to be saying it. I truly did read though quickly because I simply could not put it down.

A lush, deep, romantic mix of Dr. Zhivago-like beauty on the Russian landscape; the glorious beauty of a scorching desert with the drama of 'The English Patient' and Meade's sense of swaggering humor to throw in a bit of gallantry like 'Lawrence of Arabia'.

Sweeping. Sensual. Vibrant. Tender. Prose that is out of this world exquisite.

That is 'Tournament of Shadows'.

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