hardcover, 438 pages

Published Feb. 27, 2021 by Argyll Productions.

ISBN:
978-1-61450-530-3
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4 stars (14 reviews)

He’s a paladin of a dead god, tracking a supernatural killer across a continent. She’s a nun from a secretive order, on the trail of the raiders who burned her convent and kidnapped her sisters.

When their paths cross at the point of a sword, Istvhan and Clara will be pitched headlong into each other’s quests, facing off against enemies both living and dead. But Clara has a secret that could jeopardize the growing trust between them, a secret that will lead them to the gladiatorial pits of a corrupt city, and beyond...

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Review of "Paladin's Strength" on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Book 2 following a different paladin, and though the romance was good, I loved the characters they were so cute, but the plot takes a lot of "page time", and I was not a fan of it, plus it was, or felt, very long, but it had a lot of funny moments^^

Fluffy but clever

4 stars

I thought the first book was a bit fantasy-autobiography with the nerdy heroine a stand-in for the author. That was probably silly (and maybe a bit condescending) of me. The characters in this are quite different, and I doubt that both heroines (or some combination of protagonists from both books) can be autobiographical.

Kingfisher's writing oozes cleverness, but in a fairly undemanding way. The romance tropes occasionally verge on the self parody, but I can't swear that isn't intentional.

As a fantasy (in the non-romantic sense), the world building and characterization are rather good.

Review of "Paladin's Strength" on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Somehow the sequel to Paladin's Grace was published and I didn't notice for a week or two! A mistake very rapidly corrected. It's in the same world as The Clockwork Boys but it doesn't matter what order you read those in, however I'd suggest reading Paladin's Grace first as there are a fair number of references to people and events in that book, although if you REALLY don't want to, you'll figure things out okay.

The main character of this one is Istvhan, only a minor character in Paladin's Grace but also one of the former paladins of the Saint of Steel, now serving the Temple of the White Rat. In this novel, Istvhan is on a mission to Morstone, ostensibly to escort a merchant with some valuable barrels of extremely rare oak, but actually on the lookout for further signs of the mysterious decapitating killer of the first book. …

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