A Blog A Day: Chasing Shadows by T. A. Williams – Review

Amy had it all – money, brains and beauty. And then the accident happened.

Still recovering, this is Amy’s first time away from home. She heads for Spain, accompanied by the mysterious and troubled Luke. But, just like Amy, Luke finds he is also running from his past…

1314: A Templar Knight is also running. He meets the wife of a former comrade, the victim of a terrifying attack. Taking her under his wing, they must journey together through a dangerous world carrying a treasure of inestimable value.

As Luke and Amy travel through the stunning scenery of Northern Spain the medieval couple, so similar to themselves, emerge from the shadows of time.

What I Thought:
I originally took part in the blog tour for Chasing Shadows earlier this year, and it was the first time I had read a T. A. Williams book. I’m happy to say that I’ll soon be taking part in the blog tour for another of his books and I will definitely pick up more of his work.

The book itself interested me as historical fiction, but I was also drawn to it being a time-slip novel. Much like Labyrinth by Kate Mosse, the historical sections focus on the 1300s – but this time, we are not in Carcassonne, but on the Pilgrim’s Way through France and Spain, to Santiago de Compostela. A Templar Knight, and a woman blinded in a horrific attack try to find their way safely to Northern Spain, while fleeing from the Church.

Meanwhile, in the modern sections, a woman blinded in an accident, and her mysterious guide follow a similar path – but they are fleeing their own ghosts…

I enjoyed the book very much, finding plenty of historical detail, but also with the contemporary edge. Both stories are told well, with neither outweighing the other, and there are enough parallels between the two to keep the reader interested.

I liked T. A. Williams’ writing style, finding the book easy to get into and quick to read. Perfect as a summer read, I’d recommend this and his next book, Dreaming of Venice (Check out the blog on Friday for more info on that!).

Chasing Shadows is published by Canelo. You can find out more about the author on his website, or connect with him on Twitter.

Note: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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