The Banneret By Duncan M. Hamilton

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The Banneret: Blood of Kings Book 2 By Duncan M. Hamilton

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Book/Novel Author: Duncan M. Hamilton

Book/Novel Title: The Banneret

 

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Demons have been hunted to the verge of extinction. Those who know of the horrors lurking in the dark act as though the threat is long past. It has allowed Conrad to continue his education undisturbed, to work towards joining his friends as a comrade-in-arms rather than a child to be protected.The appearance of two powerful demons changes everything. The creatures are back, stronger than ever, and the years of quiet are at an end. The Principality finds itself in need of demon hunters once again. Conrad and his comrades are the ones for the job.The chain of clues draws them ever closer to what their unseen enemy desires, and they find themselves in a deadly race to stop it from regaining its former power.
Since I read it, kinda(lot of skimming), 2 stars instead of one.The major issue — character development…it’s poor, stereotyped and doesn’t leave a single character for anyone to embrace. I’d thought that this book would be the ‘breakout’, and great characters would be flushed out to be enjoyed. NO, didn’t happen, just got worse.The overall plot maybe good — BUT, I’d have to get past no like-able characters, awful magic, fairytale swordsmanship and written for preschool — to comment on a plot that I didn’t care about, considering my reading experience.Surprised, frustrated over my time spent and leads me to be very cautious with this author in the future. KU only and gotta start , stay strong.
I enjoyed this one as much as the first one and the whole series is series this is apart of, I can not wait for the next one.
It took me a few chapters to get more into this book than the first, but as it went along I enjoyed it.The one thing that stood out to me as an issue was when they were in a boat. So, this story is being told through the POV of the main character and he even states that he knows nothing about boats, but somehow, he uses all the proper names for things he is seeing and describing without being told. Now, as someone that also knows nothing about boat for the most part, I was so confused with what was being talked about. If someone was teaching him, that would be different, but 99 percent of the time he just knew the names of things. Other than that, I can think of no other issues.
Publish the next book. Annoying as crap that the ending book or books are not in print. So get to writing and lets read the ending of this. Now that I have that off my chest, books are well written and the story line is very good. I’m waiting for more. Magic and vampires, what could be better?
Great read as usual from Duncan Hamilton. Very neat coverage of the time passed since Book 1. Well set up for a thrilling third book, with a lot to look forward to.
Let me start off by saying that I really enjoyed The Squire. It wasn’t perfect by any means, but it was a coming of age tale that did many tropes well and had the exact kind of soft magic system that I prefer. I had high hopes for The Banneret, but honestly, this one was enough of a let down that I don’t know if I’ll read the next in the series.The main problem is our main character: Conrad. In The Squire, yeah he was out of his element and didn’t drive the plot, but he had gumption and tried to make himself useful which resulted in him being pretty likeable. In this one, he spends most of the book being sullen and prone to too much introspection. His friends from the academy? Nowhere to be seen. And his other relationships are pretty much unchanged. In fact, Conrad doesn’t have a single in-depth conversation with any of the others in his party. Conversations like those are good to get to know both characters more while also cutting down on excessive introspection, which this book needed. At one point, he even reflects that he doesn’t know anything about Qenna. You and me both, buddy. So in the end, Conrad largely just broods to himself while just being another party member instead of being the hero. There were a couple of times where it seemed like there might be some possibilities for romance for him, which would have been something to shake things up, but nope. Having him develop a relationship with one of the other blood bearers was a missed opportunity, one the book even hints at, and it would have been great to see Conrad actually connect with someone. Instead, we get a woman who gives him lingering glances a couple times and then peaces out when they get to the next city.The saving grace for this book, and the only thing that keeps me possibly interested in the next book, is our antagonist, Manfred. Whereas in The Squire he was a laughably one-dimension human embodiment of a bully trope, in this one, he is by far the most fleshed out character, to the point that I preferred when things shifted to his POV. He’s down on his luck after his father’s death, and is trying to care for his family in a ruthless city he hates and wants to escape. Manfred had clear motivations and goals, and when he gets himself in over his head in his pursuit of those goals, I found myself wanting him to break free of his difficult circumstances. These were all things we desperately needed Conrad to have, and it’s something I hope the author will rectify in book three.One last problem I had with this book, and it is a minor spoiler, but this book includes my least favorite story device in all of fiction: a shipwreck. It’s such a lazy and glaringly obvious way to add tension to the story or set our heroes back, something all good stories need, but by doing it in a way that isn’t the result of decisions or actions made by our protagonists or antagonists, it just feels random like the act of nature it is. It’s one thing if it’s the driving force of the story and has some message about man’s hubris, but when it’s just a plot point to give our heroes some adversity, I roll my eyes and wish there was something actually interesting happen

 

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