“It’s stories that inspire people to change. It’s stories that make them believe things can be better.”
Author: Sebastien de Castell
Category: High Fantasy
Series: Greatcoats #2
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Okay, that was so much better than the first book.
While I thought from the first page of the first book that I was going to absolutely fall in love with it I just…didn’t. So I went into this book a little hesitantly because I wanted to love these characters but I had set the bar too high going in in Traitor’s Blade.
But the good.
The story was much more engaging. In Traitor’s Blade, there were small things and some character motivations that just didn’t quite sit with me for some reason. The storytelling in Knight’s Shadow is much tighter.
I loved seeing Kest and Brasti get more character development in this book. Their motivations especially I loved reading as it helped to show why they follow Falcio.
But ultimately, this book is about Falcio and his coming to terms with who his king was. Falcio held the King on a very high pedestal and while the king was a good man, he maybe was not quite what Falcio keeps in his memory. He was neither the man nor the leader that Falcio thought.
And that’s okay. It does not diminish what Falcio worked with him to build. But it does mean that Falcio has to re-learn where he fits into the scheme of things a little bit.
I am afraid this might be an unpopular opinion but I really don’t like Ethalia. I feel like she is just way to underdeveloped for the role that she plays. In the first book, I didn’t mind it so much because I thought she was going to be a very minor side character. But now that she is showing up a little bit more and playing more of a role, I just don’t think her character is fleshed out all, especially not to the level that nearly every other character is. Perhaps because of this, Falcio’s affection for her and their relationship feels very forced to me. In a book that otherwise has some amazingly rounded out characters, she stuck out like a sore thumb to me.