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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
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.
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.