Poland, 1944. After the Soviet liberation of Lwów from Germany, the city remains a battleground between resistance fighters and insurgent armies, its loyalties torn between Poland and Ukraine. Seventeen-year-old Tolya Korolenko is half Ukrainian, half Polish, and he joined the Soviet Red Army to keep himself alive and fed. When he not-quite-accidentally shoots his unit’s political officer in the street, he’s rescued by a squad of Ukrainian freedom fighters. They might have saved him, but Tolya doesn’t trust them. He especially doesn’t trust Solovey, the squad’s war-scarred young leader, who has plenty of secrets of his own.
Then a betrayal sends them both on the run. And in a city where loyalty comes second to self-preservation, a traitor can be an enemy or a savior—or sometimes both
My Review- Thank you to Fierce Reads for having me on this Blog Tour. When I saw the very first promo for this book, I knew I had to have it. I reached out to Fierce Reads right away to get my request in. All opinions are my own.
I had taken a break from Historical Fiction books, and this in the first one I’ve read in months, and I am so glad I picked this one up. It was beautiful, gut wrenching, and yet heartwarming. It is the very definition of twists and turns, and genre bending. Very well written, and the characters were intense, and well developed. I actually found myself really drawn to them, and found myself invested in them.
I tend to find myself burnt out on the WW2 Dramas/H.F. that many Authors were writing, but I think Amanda did this justice, and had a nice spin on her book to give it something fresh. The writing felt very brisk, and equally paced which was nice for a heavier book to not feel as such.