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    TYRANT'S THRONE: Broken Hearts and Preposterous He

    The fourth and final book in the Greatcoats Quartet, TYRANT'S THRONE gives us everything we have come to expect from Sebastien de Castell: friendship, love, and humor; tragedy, betrayal, and sorrow; despair, madness, guilt, hope, determination, valor (and Valor), impossible odds, and preposterous heroics. It is by turns dark, suspenseful, exciting, heart-rending, astonishing, and, as always, brilliantly written in its entirety. To reveal the plot would do the book and the reader a disservice. Be assured that it contains everything we could want, including, of course, some things we do not. There are tears, and laughter. And yes, there is an end. Not to the world--de Castell's new SPELLSLINGER series is set in another, unfamiliar part of it. Not to the Greatcoats--he promises they will reappear at some time in the future, though they will be different, younger Greatcoats. Whoever they are, we know they will be fully-realized characters, with layers to explore and reasons for what they do, because de Castell does not create one-dimensional characters (even his horses have personalities). The end is to the story begun in TRAITOR'S BLADE. And with the end, there are new beginnings. Whatever he chooses to write, I look forward to it. But I will miss them. I will miss quiet, stoic Kest Murrowson, who drove himself to learn and do and be everything; who would accept nothing less than perfection from himself while accepting a great deal less than perfection from others; and who did all that he did only and always for love. I will miss brash, handsome Brasti Goodbow, whose achievements were unjustly ignored (just ask him); who could see a budding idea or hidden sorrow in the face of one close to him as readily as he could find a far distant target; and who wept as easily as he laughed and opened his great heart to anyone in need, because he knew what it was to be downtrodden and to suffer loss. Finally, I will miss magnificent, damaged, sorrowful, faithful, haunted, inspiring, ingenious Falcio val Monde, who loved a woman, a king, a young girl, and a saint; who bore the hope of his people, the guilt of his faults--real or imagined--and the remnants of a dying dream on his shoulders; who was not and could never be perfect (only Kest could be that); who had his heart repeatedly torn from his chest, yet always, always got up to fight and love again; and who would never believe that he deserved the many people who were willing--glad--to help him rise and heal and go on. If we are very, very fortunate, I hope we may someday see Falcio, Brasti, and Kest again. Until then, I intend to re-read TRAITOR'S BLADE, KNIGHT'S SHADOW, SAINT'S BLOOD, and TYRANT'S THRONE annually.  
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    I finished this a few days ago and promptly got sidetracked and forgot to write up my thoughts! And it's not because it wasn't good, because it was GREAT! In this, the fourth book of the Greatcoats quartet, the tale of Falcio, Kest, Brasti et al comes to its finale and my goodness it's not what you'd expect. :) And just when you thought you knew everything about the land of Tristia it turns out that you knew next to nothing! *LOL* I felt like Jon Snow there for a bit. :) But what we discover... mama mia, it opens the door to all kinds of musings and ponderings! I found this book a little more serious, a little deeper than the previous three and I wonder if that's down to us being inside Falcio's head as everything gets turned upside down and sideways. Probably. But despite that, there was still the humour, still the swashbuckling, still the larger than life characters that I've grown to love over the past books. So I loved the way that Sebastien wrapped things up. The adventure, the politics, the ethical conundrums, the brotherhood, it was all there. And the ending was perfect even if just a wee bit open-ended. THAT made me happy, the hope of seeing our faves again. I still love Brasti beyond all belief, I really think he's my favourite character. Brasti, Monster and the latest addition, Chalmers - my God, I fell in love with Chalmers! Anyway, incoherent as this is, I loved this book, I loved this whole quartet of books and I thank Sebastien de Castell for writing them!

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