It's been years since Falcio Val Mond, the First Cantor of the Greatcoats, first-discovered Aline, his long-dead King's daughter. The time to fulfill King Paelis' dream has come, and Aline is closer than ever in taking the throne and restoring peace and law throughout Tristia. But when news arrive from their neighboring country, Avares, that a new warlord is uniting all the barbarian war-bands with the clear purpose of invading Tristia, the Greatcoats have one last job to take care of.
"A trial is a performance, no different than a stage play or a wedding. The script may be dramatic or dull, the players captivating or hesitant, the spectators enraptured or bored, but by the time the curtain falls, everyone gets up to leave knowing that the conclusion was never really in doubt. The trick, of course, is figuring out the ending before it's too late."
It's been always hard for me to finish the last book in a series. Knowing that you will never again be able to read about the characters that kept your company for days, months or even years, is as heartbreaking as any fictional death. To get past this, the author must provide a satisfying ending that will stay true both to his vision and to his readers' expectations. An ending that the readers may not need, but one that they surely deserve. De Castell has more than done so, with finesse, skill and eloquence.
In Tyrant's Throne, Seb brought back every single aspect that we came to love in the previous three installments. Fun, action, heroism and heart-breaking sacrifices are beautifully blended together, creating a story of unparalleled beauty. De Castell could use his already established world and well-developed characters to write an easy story and provide us with an effortless ending, but he chose the hard way (and kudos for doing so); he kept expanding his world, this time exploring places and cultures outside the bounds of Tristia, and he crafted new and compelling characters that played a vital role in the story. Finally, all loose threads from the previous books are tied up; from how Falcio beat Kest to become the First Cantor and how Kest became the Saint of Swords, to Paelis' final commands and what happened to the rest of the Greatcoats.
Previous praise for the Greatcoats:
"A fascinating story with witty, humorous and sentimental elements." -On Traitor's Blade (Greatcoats #1)
"The undisputed high point of the series, so far." -On Knight's Shadow (Greatcoats #2)
"A great book from an even greater author." -On Saint's Blood (Greatcoats #3)
"Wait a second, this isn't a Greatcoats book!" -On a book that indeed wasn't a Greatcoats book.