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!