Review: Touchstone by Letitia Coyne

Title: Touchstone
Author: Letitia Coyne
Publisher: 1889 Labs Ltd
Publication Date: March 1, 2012
ISBN-13: 9781926959207
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Author

Summary (from Goodreads):

When war is all you’ve ever known, the promise of peace is more terrifying than any battle.
For Freya, there is no life worth remembering before the army, and none worth imagining after. Born to the lowest caste of a brutally bigoted society, she’s found no more horror on the battlefield than she knew on the streets.
And she’s earned a lot more respect with a sword in her hand.
As a young man, Dragan was blooded on the rush of adrenaline and sated by the euphoria of victory. With Freya beside him as his partner, he was indestructible. But age and mortality are gaining ground, and cracks have started to appear.
He’s had fifteen years of war and he’s earned his retirement.

My thoughts:
Together they survived the war. But can they survive peace when it means different things to each of them?

Freya was born into a world of poverty.  Her only out of this life is to become a soldier. She is strong, courageous, and well skilled in the art of war.  This has been her life, this is all she knows, and is convinced there is no life outside the Army.
Dragan is a seasoned warrior.  He has a formidable physical presence that no one would cross.  On his off season, away from the war, he returns home to help on the family farm.  His enlistment is at an end and his dream is to bring Freya home as his wife.
The war has carried on for hundreds of years.  With a new threat every year, more land must be taken and more land needs to be defended.  Trade continues across the front lines.  Merchants get richer and the economy grows.
The seasoned soldiers are sent to the front and new recruits bring up the rear.  What was this war really about?  Questions throughout the ranks are beginning to form.
This book has love, lies, deceit, betrayal, war, and heroism.  Freya is on a quest for truth and Dragan is on a quest for his true love.

Touchstone is a well written historical novel.  The setting of this book is during Roman times.  It is a hard life and sometimes a short life for those who made the life of a soldier their own.  I liked the strength of Freya as she struggled with decisions she had to make as well as Dragan's compassion and understanding for his wife as he tries to eek out a living on the family farm.  Although  I was not clear where the story was going at times, I found Touchstone a good read.  I was however, left unfulfilled with the abrupt ending.
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  1. This sounds really interesting. I don't usually read Historical books but this might be the exception.

    Thanks for the book review!

  2. Thanks Marcie.

    The ending, yes, people are loving it or hating it at the moment. I'm hearing three different thoughts. Those that love Freya think she did what she had to do; those that loved Dragan think, good riddance and maybe Lenka at least appreciates what she has; and those that wish for a happy ending are left wondering what happened. :)

    Thank you for your review, it is very much appreciated.


  3. Whooops. Thanks Nancy - and Marcie.


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