Book review: Michael Chatfield’s Death Knight series, books 4 and 5

Following the merged review of the first three books, I’m tackling the last two the same way.

The fourth book is the shortest, at merely some 70-ish pages – I’ve managed to read it in barely over an hour.

Despite keeping the same spirit as the first three books, the length makes it feel like an interlude. While things do happen, it becomes clear that it’s leaning towards the grand end of the series and the real final confrontation, whichever form it’ll take.

Thus, there’s only one major action sequence, focused on Tommie for a change, who finally gets to show that his invention can well stand among the heroes and that he’s capable in his own way.

And the book is not as messy when it comes to the lack of editing as it was with the third one.

Read date: 4.7.2020
Published: 29.10.2019
Goodreads/Amazon rating: 4,42 / 4,5
My rating: 85%
Length: 82 pages (Kindle Edition)
My highlights (exactly one this time)

The fifth book then heads towards the finale, but not straight away, as I might’ve been tempted to expect from this fast-paced story.

The fourth book was also hinting that Claire might consider a drastic approach to ending the fight, and it was a welcome change of pace to see her and Anthony have some struggle between them.

As the book heads towards the final fight, the author did a good move by weaving in several passages from the Drafeng PoV – there were a few in the previous book, but in this one, they’re done just right to increase the tension.

The finale then takes an insane spin as both sides try to outwit each other (seen well by the Drafeng PoV moments) – but they only end up in an epic direct battle, followed by quite a short outro/epilogue.

And, as a mention, before seeing this cover, I did not really imagine how the Drafeng would look like.

Read date: 6.-11.7.2020
Published: 14.1.2020
Goodreads/Amazon rating: 4,41 / 4,1
My rating: 85%
Length: 223 pages (Kindle Edition)
My highlights

I’ve actually read the last book in two sittings on 6th and 11th – I’ve been menaing to read it without such a gap but I instead used that time for writing…

As I’ve mentioned, the books could use another editing pass (the third, especially, feels like it had none) – it feels like the author wanted to get them out at the same insane pace the story moves on. Which is the only major issue I saw in them – for a series that promises quick and not-so-serious story with a bit of humor, it did its job well.

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