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!