Phipps Does It Again

4 out of 5 stars

Having just read and reviewed The Rules of Supervillainy, I was a little surprised at the “non-hero being a hero” similarities in the two books.  I know that Phipps wrote them at different times and are eons apart, but I also thought the same feeling was in both books.  The best part about that feeling is that it’s a “good triumphs evil” feeling even though the characters are supposed to be villains or bad guys. It’s a perfect kind of uncomfortable.

While being in a genre that I don’t read too often, Wraith Knight was a fascinating book from beginning to end. In the beginning, you are thrown right into who the person is and what he fought (and died) for, along with what he has become (hint hint, it’s the book’s title).

Phipps doesn’t hold back, and Wraith Knight has many battles, gore, and overall action. It really kept the pacing up, letting you take a breath only from time to time. I love when a book does that.  It’s exhausting as a reader, but also in a good way.

I keep making statements that sound bad but are actually compliments.  It might be because this book had a bad guy doing seemingly good things.  Hence the juxtaposition. (Woah, I just used juxtaposition in a review… gold star for me).

The things that I’m used to from Phipps were in this book as well sarcasm, incredibly well-designed, explained, and thought-out worlds, along with characters that were likable (or not) depending on the situation.  A well-written action-packed book that I would recommend if you enjoy Grimdark Fantasy type books.

Peter Berkrot’s narration was spot on and really gave the characters a natural feeling.  I love it when a narrator can do that, and Berkrot pulled it off in spades.

Book Description:

The King Below, Enemy of the World, is dead. Will his successor save the world…or rule it?

Jacob Riverson was once the greatest hero of an age. Cut down during what should have been the final battle against the King Below, he was condemned to centuries of torment as a Wraith Knight in the service of said monster. With the destruction of his master, Jacob finds his free will returning and discovers he is in a world torn by civil war between the King Below’s former slaves and the heroes who “saved” them.

Joining forces with the overly-idealistic but brilliant warrior Regina Whitetremor, Jacob must determine whether he has any place in the new world and whether his destiny is as a hero or monster.

Wraith Knight by CT Phipps
Narrator: Peter Berkrot
Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
Series: Wraith Knight #1
Published by Crossroad Press on January 9th 2019
Genres: Fantasy
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I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: Cthulhu Armageddon, Agent G: Infiltrator, The Tower of Zhaal, Lucifer's Star
Also in this series: Wraith Lord, Wraith King


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