I picked this book up on offer at Amazon, beguiled by the cheaper price and the mysterious cover. It’s not my usual thing. However, stepping out of my comfort zone was completely worth it.
Richly detailed, alluring and filled with cultural nuances that had me fascinated from the first page, The Drowning Guard was really enjoyable for me. I learnt so much about the Ottoman Empire, a period that I hadn’t studied before and that I was surprised to find ran parallel to a time of industrial development in the UK.
The characters had histories, situations of their childhoods driving them to be the adults they are. Political wrangling, male vs. female power and the complex hierarchy of the social order fascinated me. Well worth a read, I couldn’t put it down.