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Review: Warlords and Wastrels by Julia Knight

Title: Warlords and Wastrels

Author: Julia Knight

Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction

Series: The Duelist Trilogy (Book #3)

Publication Date: December 15, 2015

Format: Paperback, 400 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316375039 (Orbit)

ISBN-13: 978-0316375030 (Orbit)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


The epic conclusion to the fast-paced new adventure fantasy series, the Duelists trilogy, from one of the most exciting new talents in fantasy. 

Vocho and Kacha may be known for the first swordplay in the city of Reyes, but they’ve found themselves backed into a corner too often for their liking.

Finally reinstated into the Duelist’s Guild for services rendered to the prelate, who has found himself back in charge, Vocho and Kacha are tasked with bringing a prisoner to justice. But this prisoner is none other than Kacha’s old flame Egimont. The prelate wants him alive, and on their side. However the more they discover of Egimont and his dark dealings with the magician, the more Kacha’s loyalties are divided. Soon she must choose a side — the prelate or the king, her brother or her ex-lover.

The fate of Reyes is balanced on a knife-edge…

Quick & Dirty: One last battle! Will Kacha be able to choose or will Vocho’s lies be her undoing?

Opening Sentence: Vocho took a crafty swig from his little bottle, wiped his lips and slid the jollop back into its hiding place in his tunic.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Vocho and Kacha are back in the guild, she is in charge and he is teaching. Although with his wound the dependence on the jollop is starting to get out of control. Meanwhile, Petri has found himself in the company of highwaymen. He is tasked with teaching them, and soon they begin to make more of a name for themselves and become even deadlier than before. Dom is searching for his daughter now that Alicia is dead.

His path leads him to Petri and the highwaymen he is with, but they just capture him and hold him. However, he does find his daughter soon enough. Kacha and Vocho are tasked with bringing an end to the highwaymen and to bring the new addition back to the guild.  So they set out with some of the guardsman and everyone’s path will soon be entertwined. Petri is bitter and angry and Kacha still has gotten over his “death”.

Vocho is additcted to the jollop and slowly begins to develop a relationship of his own. So when Dom, Petri, Vocho and Kacha collide it isn’t what any of them expected. Soon they are all faced with the impossible questions. What is the truth? What will happen to Petri and Kacha? Will Dom escape?

This one wasn’t as fast paced as the others, but I did love that the point of views was back down to Kacha, Vocho and Petri. I enjoyed that quite a bit. Kacha is struggling with Petri’s death, well Vocho told her he was dead and her reaction when she finds out the truth is worth waiting for. I found the conclusion of their relationship a bit unfullfilling, but I am not mad. I really liked how the author tied it all up and ended things.

I admit I felt a little let down by the Clockwork God ending. I thought it might play a bigger part, but I have to admit a little, I liked how the author played that out as well. I almost felt bad for Vocho in this book, but I was glad to see that he finally grew up a bit and actually kind of did the right thing. I thought he had the sweetest ending. I kind of feel like Petri, Dom and Kacha were all kind of left a bit open ended and it leaves me wanting a bit more.

Notable Scene:

He shut his eye, but that didn’t stop him seeing the hot knife, hearing Eneko tell him he was weakness, stop him hoping for Kass, that she’d come. She hadn’t, she never would; she’d look at him and turn away from what he’d become, at how weak he’d been. Eneko was dead, and Petri couldn’t get his revenge on the dead, but Kass… He’d started this all that time ago because he loved her, because she’d shown him things he’d never seen before.

The Duelist Trilogy:

1. Swords and Scoundrels

2. Legends and Liars

3. Warlords and Wastrels


FTC Advisory: Orbit provided me with a copy of Warlords and Wastrels. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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