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Book Review: Servant of the Crown by Duncan M. Hamilton

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Genre: Fantasy
Series: Dragonslayer #3
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Long laid plans finally bear fruit, but will it prove as sweet as hoped for? With the king on his deathbed, the power Amaury has sought for so long is finally in his grasp.

As opposition gathers from unexpected places, dragonkind fights for survival and a long-awaited reckoning grows close.

Soléne masters her magic, but questions the demands the world will make of her. Unable to say no when the call of duty comes, Gill realizes that the life he had given up on has not given up on him.

 

My Review: All good things must come to an end, as the saying goes. Servant of the Crown was a great ending to the Dragonslayer trilogy. Many emotions ran through me, thoughts on hyperdrive, because I didn’t know how Gill, Solène, and Pharadon would succeed in stopping the usurper, Amaury. I was hooked!

Mirabay is irrevocably changing, which is never easy to deal with, especially on this scale. I think for some characters they’re starting to realize their worth, what they want from life, find a purpose, and/or discover what matters. Almost like, what will they do with the time they have left?

Some parts of the story were sad because of certain character deaths, leaving me brokenhearted. One death I felt had a high chance of being avoided if people didn’t waste time.

I wish Solène had more page time. Though told in varying POVs, Gill was featured the most, which makes sense in the grand scheme of things, because he kind of begins the series and we finally get that long awaited showdown between Gill and Amaury in this last installment.

I was a little disappointed with the end of Amaury’s story. He’s one of the best, most wicked antagonists I’ve ever read. I felt he deserved a longer build up in that final scene. It went by too fast.

The last little bit of the story was also disappointing. While things wrapped up well and came full circle, it seemed like Gill and Solène got the short end of the stick. After all they’ve been through and sacrificed to save Mirabay from danger, they’d more than earned…a happier ending? for lack of better words. “Once a servant of the crown, ever a servant of the crown,” I guess.

Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the book and would recommend this series. Hamilton’s stories will leave you amazed and entertained.


More by Duncan M. Hamilton

Dragonslayer
Dragonslayer (#1)
Knight of the Silver Circle (#2)

The Wolf of the North
The Wolf of the North (#1)

Blood of Kings
The Squire (#1)

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