What to say about this final installment in the Greatcoats quartet except that it was a very satisfying conclusion. We have our hero Falcio:
His buddy, Brasti, arguably the best archer (and wannabe pirate) in the world:
(I know he’s not holding a bow, but that gif reminded me of him.)
And Kest, the former Saint of Swords:
(He’s the serious one, but that gif reminds me of how Kest might physically look.)
I really love – ADORE – the friendship and loyalty of these three. The humor that was missing from the last book (that one had a much more serious and dramatic tone) is definitely back.
We all know (those of us who have read the previous books) that the kingdom of Tristia is still in trouble and on the verge of chaos. Aline has not been named Queen yet, but Falcio is doing his best to remedy that.
There is a new and surprising villain and the return of another villain that we expected because that loose end had not been wrapped up.
Something happened which I won’t say because obviously spoilers, but I was almost ready to throw my Kindle at the wall.
Those who have read this probably know what I am talking about, and I’m still not quite sure things had to go that way, but I have come to expect surprises from Sebastian de Castell. He takes the reader through the emotional ringer at times.
The amount of adventure, action, humor, and feels was an almost perfect blend. This might have been slightly over-long in my view, but all in all, it truly was a satisfying conclusion that felt authentic. I even cried a couple times!
I highly recommend this series if you like books that remind you of The Three Mustakeers and The Princess Bride. This is one I will definitely return to in the years to come.
I still don’t quite understand why people were always giving Falcio such a hard time, though. He really was smart and made good decisions. He did babble and his inner dialogues went on too long, but he was fiercely heroic and a good leader. I guess it was just part of the deprecating humor and if people listened to him and respected him, there would be no story, right?
I really liked the new young girl character, Chalmers. Brasti will forever be my favorite Greatcoat. The female characters were stronger here than in the previous book. I guess I will view Saint’s Blood as being the book that serves as the “dark night of the soul” for the series.
I guess that is all. Well done! Fantastic series and conclusion!
Thank you Netgalley and publisher for providing a digital copy to read and review!