Tristan’s Folly (The Gifted and the Cursed #2) by Marcus Lee

Tristan’s Folly is the stunning sequel to the acclaimed Kings and Daemons, and the second in The Gifted and the Cursed trilogy.

Tristan’s Folly. An ageing fortress built over fifty years ago to repel the invading hordes of the Witch-King, an invasion that never materialised – until now.

Now it’s a crumbling reflection of its former self and set against Daleth’s savage horde of a hundred thousand men are a mere fifteen hundred defenders, who are surely doomed to fail.

As Kings and Daemons face one another, there is but one shining light that pushes back the darkness, but even her flame might be extinguished thanks to Tristan’s Folly.

In this epic tale of a battle against the odds, the best and worst of humankind will show itself… sacrifice, honour, bravery and love, set against depravity, betrayal, greed and hatred. (taken from Goodreads)

Thank you to the author for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. It is available for purchase now.

Tristan’s Folly is book two in The Gifted and the Cursed series, and it continues the storyline magnificently. The reader is dropped smack into the middle of things, which I loved. There aren’t any slow moments, or downtime in this book. Instead, it’s a breathtaking story, one that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.

Everything in Tristan’s Folly is ramped up to eleven, with truly astonishing character growth, even higher stakes, and…a siege! That’s right, folks, an actual siege! It’s been ages since I’ve read a book where there’s a siege, much less one that is written so well. There is violence galore, but it is never there just for shock value. Rather, it adds a level of tension to the book that is as rare as it is enthralling.

There are new characters to love (and to be a little bit scared of). I wouldn’t trust most of them, which was absolutely fantastic. I am a huge fan of morally complex characters, and the depth of each person in Tristan’s Folly is truly impressive. Each character is nuanced and unique. There are no cookie-cutter characters at all. I really loved the cunning Tristan, but everyone was great.

I’m desperate to read the next book in the series. Tristan’s Folly is fabulous and this is a series that every reader of fantasy needs to get their hands on immediately. Marcus Lee deserves a place among the great authors of the fantasy genre. I am blown away!

10 thoughts on “Tristan’s Folly (The Gifted and the Cursed #2) by Marcus Lee

  1. Hallo, hallo and Happy New Year!!

    Keeping with my personal resolution not to remain a turtle in her shell as the New Year unfolds (ie. not visiting the bloggers I regularly read and follow) – I wanted to hop back into my WP Reader and start reading whilst commenting on the blogs this year! Score! I’m ahead of schedule as this week marked my return to my blog and for the most part, to Twitter. 🙂 I can’t remember if I knew you were reading the Gifted and the Cursed series. Either way, I’m just thrilled you are – did I share with you my review for Tristan’s Folly yet?

    It is quite curious how I became attached within this world – as it is super dark and its super violent and yet, I didn’t get anchoured into the series because of a) the violence or b) the morally grey characters who run through it. I have issues with morally grey characters in general but in this regard I felt Lee truly hit it out of the ballpark on how to have such a seriously tedious cast of persons NO ONE in their right minds would trust nor align themselves with at all!!

    I’m hosting a RAL for “Kings and Daemons” for this year’s Wyrd and Wonder – if you want to join the discussions I’ll be hosting for it? In regards to the sequel – by the time I finished the final chapters I was like — wait. Hold the door. I have to wait til 2021 to read the finale!!? #saveme

    *waves* glad we both love this series together!!


      1. Ohh! I definitely will and thank you for the kind praise! 🙂 I loved being able to truly dive into the particulars of this series as like I said it was such a hearty challenge to tackle this series and I just ran with the thoughts swirling in my head as I read. #sohappy someone appreciated it. I’ve been getting good feedback on these reviews for the Gifted and the Cursed; honoured you felt the same. 🙂


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