Knight's Shadow by Sebastien de Castell

T I T L E: Kight’s Shadow
S E R I E S: The Greatcoats Book (N°2)
A U T H O R: Sebastien de Castell
P U B L I S H E R: Quercus (US)/Jo Fletcher Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: June 2, 2015
I S B N: 9781623986989
Following his beloved debut, TRAITOR'S BLADE (a "swashbuckling romp packed with charisma, camaraderie, quick wit and even quicker swordplay"-NPR), Sebastien de Castell returns with volume two of his fast-paced fantasy adventure series, inspired by the swashbuckling action and witty banter of The Three Musketeers. KNIGHT'S SHADOW continues the series with a thrilling and dark tale of heroism and betrayal in a country crushed under the weight of its rulers' corruption. 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.

     What can I say? I absolutely loved this book. There was never a dull moment with non-stop action. From the banter between the characters to the thrilling sword fight scenes, it was well written and lots of fun to read.
     The characters were very likeable with depth and complex personalities. There was just enough humour to balance out the darker parts. What's more is that it held my attention from beginning to end. When forced to put the book down in order to do other things that I had to get done, I found myself wanting to hurry through them so I could get back to reading. It was a page turner for sure and one of the best books I've read this year so far.
     I am rather stingy when it comes to doling out stars and so far I've not given out five to any book that I've read, until now. I feel this book was worth a five star rating. I am looking forward to reading more in this series...