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Book Review: Knight’s Shadow

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“A few days after the horrifying murder of a duke and his family, Falcio val Mond, swordsman and First Cantor of the Greatcoats, begins a deadly pursuit to capture the killer.

But Falcio soon discovers his own life is in mortal danger from a poison administered as a final act of revenge by one of his deadliest enemies.

As chaos and civil war begin to overtake the country, Falcio has precious little time left to stop those determined to destroy his homeland.”

Title: Knight’s Shadow

Series: Greatcoats #2

Author: Sebastien de Castell

Page Count: 606

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Date Read: March 23rd, 2024

The Greatcoats series by Sebastien de Castell continues to be a solidly entertaining story. I was the pleasure of enjoying the audiobook of Knight’s Shadow while also visually reading another equally enjoyable book. I’m not sure when the last time I experienced two five star rating books at once. These two were only my second and third five star of 2024 as we close out the month of March.
I believe I mentioned this on the review of book one but this series had been on my radar for a while now as some other bookish friends in the community that I often have similar likes in books enjoyed them. I’m so happy I had the opportunity to receive book one as a gift and finally get me started. The series is starting to remind me a lot of how I felt about The Riyria Revelations series by Michael J. Sullivan which is one of my favorite series of all time.
The pacing is very good with book two just as the first was. I’ve had no issues with names of characters or places and there are plenty to go around in this story. As previously stated I have been listening to the audiobook version narrated by Joe Jameson who has thus far done an excellent job bringing this story and it’s characters to life. I believe this series if the first exposure I’ve had to his works but I’m liking what I’ve experienced so far.
The worldbuilding continues to be epic. I definitely feel the author does a great job in making me feel like I’m right with the characters in this world regardless of the environment or location they may be in at the moment. The world continued to grow not entirely in geographical breadth but as the story progresses we learn more and more about the different parts of the realm and the people within them. The history is beginning to unfold more as well.
The character development was also really done well in Knight’s Shadow. I’ve been trying to look back for a bit of a comparison to book one and I’m not sure I could pick a winner. From my experience the character development in book one is typically a bit more than in book two. But in this case, I don’t feel that way at all. There was just as much character development here as the first installment. I feel there has been enough character arc independently in both books but they can also be seen as an over arching growth if you take a step back and look at the overall picture to this point. I really hope that pattern continues but it can’t be easy to pull this off book after book.
In closing, I’ll say there was no sophomore slump with Knight’s Shadow and I am looking forward to continue this series soon. I have already mapped out my next month and unfortunately, it didn’t make it into the TBR but I have hopes it will be in the following month with any luck.
As far as recommendations, the obvious comes first. If you enjoyed book one, continue as I’m sure you will enjoy this one as well. If you haven’t dipped your toe into this series and you like a good fast pace, easy reading epic fantasy with a heaping helping of swashbuckling excitement, dive right in!

World Building 5/5
Pacing 5/5
Character Development 5/5

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Chad Barnard

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