This review is for the audiobook verson of The Spymaster’s Lady, by Joanna Bourne, the first in her Spymasters series.
Full disclosure: I listened to this while I was sick and not really with it (thank you cold medicine and naps), so that probably had an effect on my feelings about this book.
After learning that My Lord and Spymaster was second in a series, I decided to listen to the first. It too was read by a woman with an American accent, but it was less strange this time because there were so many different accents.
This is a story about an English spy and a French spy that meet in prison and team up to escape. They encounter many obstacles and the blind French woman even ends up surgically removing a bullet from a young English spy in a clearing in a forest. Miraculously the blind woman regains her sight, which leads to the part of the story I didn’t like. Instead of telling her who he is, the English spy she fell in love with when she was blind pretends to be a fisherman and takes her to his boss. If there’s one trope I hate in romance novels it’s when lovers pretend to be someone else and end up making a muddle of things.
Mostly it was just ok, pleasant enough to listen to while drifting in and out of sleep or eating soup. I don’t know that I’ll listen to any others in the series, but I wouldn’t rule it out.