Adventure, Historical fiction

However Long the Day by Justin Reed 

Despite having read the blurb before, I expected a time slip book when I picked this up. It might be the cover that gave me the impression. I actually paused a few chapters in to reread the blurb, and only then did I put my misconception to the test.
This is an intriguing narrative, but I would have enjoyed it even more if it was slightly shorter. We have two primary protagonists. Both look alike enough to cause multiple cases of mistaken identity. I have usually seen this deployed in humorous comedies but not in such an adventure. There is a lot of fighting, both verbally and physically, as people actually try to come away with their lives intact.
Fredrick Philips is a rich spoilt brat who seems to be indulging in mischief for the sake of it. When he has been sentenced to his room, he crosses paths with a recent immigrant from Ireland. Master Philips uses this opportunity to lure him with money and set out to do something for himself. He is shown to have some redeemable qualities, but whether he follows through on them is something any reader would keep waiting for.
On the other hand, Niall is fresh off the boat and very responsible. His ‘goodness’ leads him down many dangerous paths. It is only for a day that they switch places, but chaos ensues involving a lot more things than anyone can expect with the limited information provided in the beginning. That part of the plot is built slowly throughout the book.
The tales run parallel for a while but merge at crucial intersections to split again. The number of times that this happened was a little tiring. The action-packed scenes kept me occupied, but I wanted some sort of resolution to come way before it actually did.
I would actually recommend this to anyone looking for a historical adventure fiction that can be read by young adults as well (although it should be noted that there is a lot of fighting and bloodshed involved).
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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