Tyrant’s Throne. Book Review

Jo Fletcher Books. h/b. 608pp. £18.99
Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

There are those who would see the end of the Greatcoats with glee and violence, but Falcio Val Mond, the King’s Heart, along with the Queen’s Jest and the Queen’s Shield, and many other fine and varied Greatcoats, old recruits and new alike, are not ready to give up just yet.

Upon his death, Falcio’s king left him a mission and the First Cantor remains ever determined to fulfill his oaths. So close to seeing Aline as queen, with old enemies refusing to give up, and new revelations ready to shake all that Falcio has believed in these years, once again all that was certain rests on the brink of a terrible choice, and a sword’s point, as it has before.

Falcio’s playful attitude in the face of danger and (almost) certain death is still in full force, and once again he teases the reader through the story with style, humour and desperate faith in his ability to continue if not thrive. Kest and Brasti as before prove the perfect accompaniment and counter-balance to Falcio’s own kind of destructive success story and there is really nothing more you could ask from a sword-wielding adventure fantasy.

Sadly with Tyrant’s Throne, The Greatcoats quartet is concluded, though at the end Sebastien De Castell promises the reader that this wonderful band of brothers and sisters in arms, coats and jokes will return, at some point, which is a happy relief. This is a series that has brought much enjoyment and delivered a solid, forward narrative throughout four mighty tomes and will remain a favourite of the last several years and of those to come. It is already on the re-read list.