E-Book, 608 Pages
Adult/ Epic Fantasy
By: Sebastien De Castell
“It comes down to a choice between Law and Justice –and they are two very different things, Falcio, despite how hard you’ve tried to unite them.”
Traitor’s Blade ★★★ 1/2
Knight’s Shadow ★★★★
Saint’s Blood ★★★
Tyrant’s Throne ★★★★
I am joyous with how the Greatcoats series was wrapped! After the bumpy ride that was Saint’s Blood I was starting to get worry because I knew the series had potential and I did not want to see it wasted! Rest assured because this potential was met and I think I will remember this series with good feelings!
The thing that I was concerned about is the major problem I faced while reading the third book -also the author’s other series- which is repetition. When there are many loose threads and the author repeats the humor, the action, the plot, and the challenges that the characters faces, it gets tiring and the reader gets frustrating because obviously there is material to be covered. When I started reading this book, I did see some repetition, but at the same time, I was absorbed into the story and in no time, I was seeing the things that irked me before being resolved and I was enjoying the story once again.
The writing is good, sometimes the author’s style reminds me of Marvel movies when the stakes are at their peaks and yet the heroes find time to throw a joke here and there despite everything. That style sometimes work for me but it also can wear out easily if excessively used. I think De Castell writing is reminiscent of that! But to be totally fair, I think the humor worked for me best in this book and I found myself smiling or laughing more than once while reading and that’s not an easy thing for me as a reader.
When I was reading the post-script and the acknowledgments the author says that he wanted to write a series with lovable characters that the readers find themselves drifting off to them even after the series is finished and I think he succeeded in doing that with this series. Falcio, Kest, and Brasti are characters that I do care about and ended up loving despite everything. Brasti comes in the first place with no competition and I think he’s one of my top 10 characters of all time, I love him when he’s being lewd and naughty and funny but I also love his more serious side when he’s the nicest person with the biggest heart around! Falcio can be a bit infuriating but also finally ended up to understand how things work and grew a lot. Kest with his brains and skills and calculations always fascinate me and he did so in this book! The other secondary characters are also memorable and with the wide cast of characters (Which I won’t mention here) I respect the efforts that were put to flesh everyone out and make them this real!
“Any man who uses the words ‘politics’ and ‘trust’ in the same sentence has disqualified himself from talking about either.”
The world-building is good, I mean there was not a lot of expanding it and less focus on saints and Gods in this entry but I think the previous books covered that just well which left more space for politics in this book and which I unexpectedly enjoyed! Don’t get me wrong, those elements were still there but in a more well-thought manner.
The plot started a bit as expected which was a bit alarming because I wanted more, after a few chapters things started getting spicy and then there were some twists I did not see. The loose threads from previous books get tied (The things that happen mysteriously in book 1 finally gets explored) and the plot armor that was in the previous books is shattered. Another thing that fazed me previously was how all the big fight scenes fade into the black but in this book we get something more satisfying and everything is wrapped beautifully after that!
Summary: Tyrant’s Throne was an excellent wrap up to the series that improved all the things I criticized before from the writing to the plot to the characters. Although it is not a perfect book, I think it is a very satisfying wrap up to the series that will make me happy when I think about those characters and series!