Jaguar Knights (A Chronicle of the King’s Blades #3) (King’s Blades #6)

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Title: Jaguar Knights

Series: King’s Blades

Author: Dave Duncan

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 400

Format: Hardcover

 

Synopsis:

An attack on an outpost in Chivial, where the former Royal Mistress resides, leads to her kidnapping. An apparently new kind of magic that even the Inquisitors haven’t seen before leads to Sir Wolfe being sent on a mission to far away Txiltia. With an Inquisitor as a wife!

Mix in Sir Wolfe’s brother, who was the Blade protecting the Royal Mistress and a world based on the Aztecs and you have tale that drags you along!

 

My Thoughts:

With this being my 6th, and final, King’s Blades book, I have realized that Duncan seems to delight in telling a completely different tale with each story. He also seems to like turning characters from former books on their heads.

This was brutal on so many levels. The blood magic of the Txlitians was definitely human sacrifice, harvesting bloody hearts to perform incredible feats of magic. It turned my stomach even while not being gone into detail. Then near the end where Wolfe’s wife dies. That cut! Duncan did a fantastic job of making Dolores and Wolfe a real thing.

I also had NO idea where the story was going, or what the end would be until I got there. It was good.

Impossible Odds (A Chronicle of the King’s Blades #2) (King’s Blades #5)

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Title: Impossible Odds

Series: King’s Blades

Author: Dave Duncan

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 384

Format: Hardcover

 

Synopsis:

Grand Duke Rubin has been deposed. He seeks assistance from the King of Chivial who agrees to Bind some Blades to him. Only no Blades are available. So 2 young and unprepared men are bound to the Duke. Along with them is a damaged Blade who can never be bound due to defects in his eyes. They also drag along a former White Sister who seems to be very powerful.

All this time, someone is hounding the Duke across the continent. His bride is dead, his child and heir is dead and it appears that his martial Uncle is the one behind it all. Now the small group must return to the Duke’s home and figure out a way to retake the kingdom.

Of course, nothing is as it seems and political intrigue twists EVERYTHING on its head.

 

My Thoughts:

It was good to get back into this series. I’d read the previous book, Paragon Lost, back in ’14 and was wondering if I’d need a refresher, but thankfully, this was a standalone novel. It did make mention of previous books and events, but honestly, I couldn’t remember who was who or did what. And it didn’t matter a whit.

This was a great book for intrigue. The “Duke” who the Blades are bound to is actually the Duke’s wife under a disguise spell. Their son is alive and the real Duke appears to be in captivity under his Uncle’s control.  Knowing Duncan from his previous writings, I knew that what I was presented with still wasn’t how things actually were. So I just sat back and enjoyed the ride along with the characters.

Things work out pretty happily in the end. My only issue with this book was that the real Duke was a loli-con. That means he preferred young woman barely pubescent. It wasn’t portrayed as good or gone into detail, but it IS part of the story and left me feeling slightly soiled.

Paragon Lost (A Chronicle of the King’s Blades #1) (King’s Blades #4)

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Title: Paragon Lost

Series: A Chronicle of the King’s Blades #1, King’s Blades #4

Author: Dave Duncan

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 348

 

Synopsis:

Sir Beaumont heads up a special journey to get a new Queen for their King. And because of Politics and other bad things, completes the mission but loses all status and is kicked out of Iron Hall.

And the story finishes with him really completing the Mission and getting it all back.

 

My Thoughts:

There are times where I hate Duncan’s use of the split timeline. We start the book at the 2/3rds mark chronologically, get introduced to the situation, then immediately jump back to the beginning, hear about that, then jump to the resolution.

It isn’t nice neat segments though. But huge parts so you forget where you were or where you were heading. That is the main reason I took a star off.

Other than that, this was a great King’s Blades story. While it is a stand-alone story, you are definitely served by knowing the history of the previous 3 books in the series.

Think European magic swordsmen in Russia. Messy, cold, brutal and lots of paranoia and fear.  More about politics and international incidents than magic sword fighting though. Well, you can’t win them all.