The Swordsman’s Lament by G. M. White is genuinely brilliant. When I had to turn the audiobook off after my commute to work I was looking forward to getting back on the road, and back in the story.
Belasko is a great new hero. This series deserves to blow up. I hope it does. The story is a simple but compelling one. A good man accused of a murder he didn’t commit escapes from the dungeons to clear his name.
The writing is excellent and G. M. White is an exceptional storyteller.
There is an equality to the storytelling too. Strong female characters. Female guards, they/them pronouns, ambiguous sexual orientation. It’s not at the forefront of the story, but it’s there in the subtle world building.
The nobility / underclass devide is tackled with an edge as sharp as Belesko’s rapier.
The Swordsman’s Lament, “the older I get the better I was”, is put to the test and Belasko prevails.
There is nothing to not like about the book. Just read it already, it’s great.
I believe it was the narrator’s first foray into reading audiobooks and I hope he reads more. He sounded very much like Tom Hiddleston. It was like having Loki read you a book, and who wouldn’t want that?