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Book Review: Knight of the Silver Circle by Duncan M. Hamilton

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Genre: Fantasy
Series: Dragonslayer #2
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Three dragons wreak havoc throughout Mirabay–eating livestock, killing humans, and burning entire villages to ash. It was nearly impossible to kill one, using a legendary sword and the magic of the mysterious Cup; to tackle three, Guillot dal Villerauvais will need help.

The mage Solène fears having to kill again; she leaves Gill to gain greater control over her magic.

The Prince Bishop still wants Gill dead, but more than that, he wants the Cup, and he’ll do whatever he has to to get it, even sending his own daughter–a talented thief and assassin–into the dragons’ path.

As secrets mount on secrets and betrayals on betrayals, both Guillot and Solène face critical decisions that will settle not only their own fate but that of all Mirabaya.

 

My Review: Knight of the Silver Circle, book 2 of the Dragonslayer trilogy, ups the stakes in this action-packed, page-turner story.

There are a lot of moving parts and multiple POVs that kept my interest and the story moving forward. Every POV counted and added to the overall plot.

Guillot, who has lost so much and fallen so far, nobly answers the call once more to slay dragons but faces many challenges as it’s unclear who to trust. He is slowly surely transforming into a better man than he used to be with some bumps in the road. His character development was well done.

Solène is still experiencing mental turmoil of having killed someone for the first time. I like that she doesn’t spend the whole book lamenting but instead does something about it by seeking aid to control her unknown level of magic. I also like that she gets to act independently of Guillot.

The Prince Bishop Amaury, our complex and dastardly antagonist will stop at nothing to realize his dreams and maintain power no matter what, whether through blackmail, hiring thugs or murder. Amaury gradually grows into the wicked and a master manipulator that he is as we learn more about his desires and grievances.

As with the previous book, we get the POV of a dragon; this one named Pharadon. He has a completely different reaction after waking up from centuries of sleep. His viewpoint is pivotal as it provides a perspective on the relationship dragons and humans used to have and dragon culture in general. Also, through Pharadon and Solène, we learn a lot more about the history of magic in this world. Pharadon’s character sets up interesting foreshadowing for book 3.

A quick read, I enjoyed reading Knight of the Silver Circle. The plot is evenly paced and engrossing. The ending left me wanting more. I can’t wait to learn how the protagonists will stop Amaury once and for all.

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