Book Review: Knight’s Shadow
ashley | When I was sent a copy of Sebastian de Castel’s debut Traitor’s Blade last year, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into but ended up enjoying the Three Musketeer-esque adventure. We recently were sent the follow up, Knight’s Shadow, and I was excited to carry on the story of the Greatcoats.
I hate to say, but I found this really hard to read. I appreciated the boy’s club in the first novel, and even though it was a fun follow up story the second time around I just couldn’t find a way to connect to it. I needed something more. It’s an intriguing story full of betrayal and mystery, but it just didn’t seem to keep me hooked and it took much longer than it should have for me to get through it.
The ending definitely packed a punch to the gut, betrayal seeping all over the big twist, but it seemed like it took a really long time to get there and that Falcio and his team of misfit Greatcoats were just wandering around for the majority of the story without any real purpose or impact. They were pawns in a much bigger game, but until all of that is revealed, they just seemed a little lost and uninteresting to me.
That isn’t to say it’s a bad follow up, it was well written and adventurous, but I was really out of my element with the debut, I think taking on it’s counterpart was a bigger task than I was up for.