by Sebastien de Castell
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Published: 5th March 2015
”Hey, I’m fine. Really. Just a little miscommunication with-”
“The entire world?”
“Dead people like me just fine, you know. They all say nice things about me.”
“That’s because they think you’re one of them.” -85%
Title: Knight’s Shadow
Author: Sebastien de Castell
Published by: Jo Fletcher Books
Book: 2 of Greatcoats
Rating: 5 Voodoos
Tristia is a nation overcome by intrigue and corruption. The idealistic young King Paelis is dead and the Greatcoats – legendary travelling magistrates who brought justice to the Kingdom – have been branded as traitors. But just before his head was impaled on a spike, the King swore each of his hundred and forty-four Greatcoats to a different mission.
Falcio Val Mond, First Cantor, with the help of fellow Greatcoats Kest and Brasti, has completed his King’s final task: he has found his Charoites – well, one at least, and she was not quite what they expected. Now they must protect the girl from the many who would see her dead, and place her on the throne of a lawless kingdom. That would be simple enough, if it weren’t for the Daishini, an equally legendary band of assassins, getting in their way, not to forget the Dukes who are determined to hold on to their fractured Kingdoms, or the fact that the heir to the throne is only thirteen years old. Oh, and the poison that is slowly killing Falcio.
That’s not even mentioning the Greatcoat’s Lament . . .
And so I say unto you; HOLY FUN NOODLE!!!
So this is a review of a sequel to Traitors Blade and much about what I said in my Traitors Blade Review still holds true. I love this book too, I love Kest, Brasti and poor, POOR Falcio. And I still love the king. But now I also love Valiana. Not as much mind you, but she’s getting there. And I hope Aline will join them too.
I did wonder, with this book, if I’d grow fed up with it. That too much of a good thing would get to me and that I’d get bored of reading (Part of this was due to the fact that I’d already bought it as an actual book, having loved the first and bought that too and liking things to match. And as long as it took me to read book 1, book 2 was almost twice the size!). Each time I thought I was getting there I’d decide to do something else. After a while I thought I’d be leaving it for a little and that I needed to add my percentage to goodreads. So I’d pick up my tab and…just continue reading…
I also thought that their mission could draw to a close after two books and that it would struggle to be dragged out to four. Boy was I wrong. Though there is a sort of ending at the end of this book, there’s still so much to do and so much to find out.
Plus I really hope that there’s some massive development around that word Falcio had on his hand as a boy. A word that has saved him several times in this book and is therefore rather key…
We start to see just how clever Falcio himself is, and yet…he still can’t work out the Kings plan, so how much smarter was this king? This king who followed Falcio as much as Falcio followed him. As the book is told from Falcio’s point of view, to see this man as he is, we need people to actually tell him things, because inside his mind, he’s just a normal guy. They tell him some in this book and boy is he surprised!
I truly love the world that Sebastien de Castell has woven here and by now you may know I’m a big fan of banter and seemingly insignificant moments weaving into major plot points which these books are full of.
There’s swords and bows and adventuring. Queens and knights and Greatcoats. Saints and Gods and quests. The one thing it’s short on is magic, but Falcio hates magic so perhaps that’s a good thing.
Soooo…..now all that’s left is to wait obsessively for book 3….