reviewed Paladin's Hope by T. Kingfisher

Paladin's Hope (Hardcover, 2021, Argyll Productions) 4 stars

Piper is a lich-doctor, a physician who works among the dead, determining causes of death …


4 stars

It was as enjoyable as the first two volumes of the Saint of Steel series, but at the same time I had mixed feelings about it.

On one hand, I really like the author's sense of humor, I enjoy following the relationships between characters in their late thirties (i.e. my age), and mixing romance with investigations on gruesome murders works really well apparently? I technically finished Paladin's Hope 10 days ago and haven't started a new fiction book since. I just... don't feel like immersing myself in another one for the moment.

On the other hand, I'm afraid that the series could get a little repetitive at some point. Until now, each of them followed a similar pattern. There are berserker paladins whose god died a few years ago, they feel broken, not worthy of love and/or dangerous for the people around them that are not fellow paladins. Until they … T. Kingfisher talks about which characters the following books will be about in this Twitter thread, and it looks like it's still going to be: one book = one of the remaining paladins gets a romance.

I'm with you on gnoles though! (and after book 3's cliffhanger, I admit I'd really like to know where this specific plot is going :P).

Thanks a lot for your list by the way! I read the paladins books because you put them here, and despite my few reservations, I devoured them in less than 2 weeks! And Katherine Addison's books are also on my radar now :)