I really liked being able to see more of what was happening in other places, especially in the Wild, and being able to see another kingdom described really enhanced the world building - it stopped being a place mentioned in passing and became a real thing. Having a wider range of characters telling their parts was great for me - there were quite a few new faces to get to know and I'm quite fond of most of them.
There was also a lot of time spent laying the foundations for the next book - the Fell Sword of the title barely rates a mention in this book, and I'm quite looking forward to seeing how it all pans out, especially in relation to Duchess Ghause's role, and newcomer Morgan. I still love how magic, religion and "reality" are mixed in this series, and how it's all being used in a war setting. It's perhaps one of the best uses of magic that I've seen in quite some time.
If you enjoyed The Red Knight, and don't mind taking a slower trip through this book, you're going to really enjoy it. If you haven't read either yet, grab The Red Knight and settle in for a long and wonderful ride.
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