Title: The Spymaster’s Redeemer (Dreda’s Men)
Author: Alexie Bolton
Two people on opposite sides of a civil war.
Frances Dreda is an officer in the Taylian State Security Bureau who enforces
obedience to the law by the deterrent of prison and the noose. He investigates
the activities of the outspoken and intellectual Lady Felea Whelani who he
suspects aids the rebels by codebreaking and feeding and educating their
They should be mortal enemies but are intrigued by each other but he mistrusts women and Felea is repulses Felea by his detachment and his severity. Can love overcome cultural differences and prejudice? Can Felea humanise this officer?
A lot going on in this tale.
While this is a romance novel, it takes place in a time when women were little more than the property of men. Often marriage was used for bargains among royal/rich families rather than love. Felea isn’t the type of women to be concerned with marriage though. She wants to make the world a better place, to do what she can to further the next generation. When Dreda is put on her trail, things take an interesting turn.
There is plenty of action and romance in this story as well as intrigue. The romance in the story is very unlikely, and to me, it made it all the more entrancing of a read. This story is full of beautiful passages and descriptions. Character development was also well done.