Knight’s Shadow (Greatcoats, #2) by Sebastien de Castell 

“To mayhem and fighting”.

Okay so despite feeling ‘meh’ about book one of this series, I went into this book with high expectations and I must say this is definitely better then the first. I felt this book had a lot more pro’s then con’s, and I’m FINALLY starting to see why everyone adores this series.
Once again the book started extremely slow, I thought it was going to be another disappointment, however around 300 pages in shit got exciting and when I say exciting, I really mean it. This book did not slow down until the end, it’s brutal, it’s terrifying & just downright cool. I’m starting to very slowly become addicted to this series, this author knows how to bring the grim to the dark. I LOVE IT. Holy shit! some scenes had me CRINGING. For all you salty sea dogs that have read this book I will tell you that, THAT SCENE (you know the one I’m talking about) made me love this book, it was fucking amazing, terrible, brutal & savage as fuck, but so good. I’m fangirling over the savagery displayed in this novel. But it wasn’t all rainbows & buttercups. I still find the writing kinda choppy and the world building definitely improved and is no longer a hinderance BUT I just can’t look past how much I hated the start of this novel and I don’t know why I didn’t like it, I guess it just felt very similar to book one and the first 30% was boring. I couldn’t stand Falcio at the start. So the ending definitely saved the book for me. Still not a favourite but a pretty cool book and I’m really excited to continue with the series.

“He’d told me the world could be the most lovely place you could imagine, so long as your imagination was fueled by love.”

The story follows Falcio Val Mond, first cantor of the Kings Greatcoats. After the murder of a duke and his whole family, Falcio is determined to find the culprits and bring them to justice, but Falcio is dying from a rare poison. He must not only save himself but he must also save the country. The plot was exciting, thrilling, captivating & fast paced. Definitely a fantastic sequel to an okay predecessor. Although I still don’t love this series, I’m definitely enjoying it a lot more. My favourite thing is still Castell’s  flawless writing style. The magic system is better explained in this book but we didn’t find out everything so it is still mysterious. I also really like that the Greatcoats didn’t spilt up this book and love their bromance so much, did I mentioned that I laughed until I got a pain in my ribs during this book? No I didn’t, but I am now. So make sure you have a change of underwear handy while reading this book because I guarantee you’ll piss yourself. ALSO IM SO HAPPY KEST & BRASTI FINALLY GOT SOME PAGE TIME, but the real show stealers for me were the ladies Darriana and Valiana. Valiana is the most well developed character of the whole series & I love her. I also have a soft spot for Brasti, such a big soft dumb oaf that needs to join my harem 😉.

“The problem with Brasti is that he’s an idiot. He’s handsome and charming, he can outshoot any man or woman with a bow, and he’s an idiot.”

Recommended to all fantasy lovers, this series is definitely for ADULTS and only adults it contains ALOT of rape, violence, torture, swearing & badassery.
P.s. I kinda wanna be a Greatcoat when I grow up.
7.5/10

Review by Luna.

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