I received the book Against The Tide: The King and The Concubine by Summerita Rhayne as a review copy from the author.
Can a concubine fall in love?
Lohana knows she cannot even dream of everlasting love. Trained to captivate men for their wealth and proficient in the required arts, a concubine like her is not meant to be a partner for life for anyone and most certainly not for the king. But King Jayatshatru has managed to steal her heart. In the politics of aristocracy, germs of intrigue flourish hidden behind the ornate doors. As love grows stronger, the plotting against her deepens. Will she be able to fight the forces against her? Does she even want to, when dreaming about happiness can lead both the king and her to ultimate ruin?
Lohana, Ganika Katika’s daughter, is also a Ganika. She is what she is supposed to be, a deliverer of services and not a woman equal, but Raja Jayatshatru treats her with more courtesy than she thinks she merits. She is intelligent, a fact that is appreciated by the king. And a vital bond exists between them, something that is not liked by his mother, the Queen.
In comes her younger sister Yashita…
The cover is so apt and beautiful.
The author has beautifully portrayed the ancient times with detailed descriptions of scenes and characters. The characters have been etched in detail. Even he secondary characters have a role to play in the story.
The language is simple and the story is fast paced.
I wanted to know more about Jayatshatru’s brother, maybe we will have the next story about him.
Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.