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Knight of the Silver Circle

(Dragonslayer #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  272 ratings  ·  59 reviews

From the author of the beloved Society of Sword and Wolf of the North trilogies, Duncan M. Hamilton's Knight of the Silver Circle --the sequel adventure-packed fantasy to Dragonslayer in The Dragonslayer trilogy--is perfect for fans of magical beasts and unexpected heroes

Three dragons wreak havoc throughout
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Tor Books
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I enjoyed this sequel to Dragonslayer as it continues much in the same author's voice I fell in love with in the first book. I can't put my finger on it, but something about the setting of lush green mountains and medieval villages plus the cast of flawed, magical and backstabbing characters feels perfectly binge-worthy to me and I could just stay in that world or be the fly on the wall.

Gill and Solène are to
Duncan Hamilton
Dec 19, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Not a review - just a placeholder where I can post some updates to keep you all informed of how things are progressing!

3-4-18 Working on the copy edit at the moment, another layer of polish where the the flow of the writing is tweaked, and a little more attention is paid to ensuring all the punctuation is formatted correctly (I write in British English, while the book will be formatted for US English punctuation style - although spelling remains in British English).

19-12-18 Knight of the Silver
kartik narayanan
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Knight of the Silver Circle is a great sequel to Dragonslayer. I love both the books but for differing reasons.

If Dragonslayer is about setting up the plot and the world, Knight of the Silver Circle is about the consequences of the return of the dragons. As always, the characters are excellent - a hallmark of Duncan Hamilton - they have believable motivations and the interactions are fun. The story is as captivating as ever though there is one predictable twist in it.

In conclusion, this series
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

I had a few issues with the first book in the Dragonslayer trilogy, Dragonslayer. It was a solid if somewhat unspectacular offering in the fantasy genre. But, it was still a fun read with promise and there was enough in it that made me want to continue on with the trilogy. After finishing Knight of the Silver Circle, which is a vast improvement, I can honestly say that I am pleased
Jacki Leach
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good series! I love Hamilton's writing style, and his characters are well-rounded. The ending of this second in the series came as pleasant surprise.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given and advanced copy of this book to read and give an unbiased review

This second book of the trilogy was a lot of fun nd I imagine Gill, the protagonist, as a Bruce Willis type character that has a moral code and enough honor to guide him through situations that he would have botched as a young sword fighter who was the best in the land.

The last book finished with a fight Gill barely survived and he and Solene formed a great team that brought magic back to the order that had rotted
Traveling Cloak
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gill and Solene are heroes, and they have a dragon's head to prove it. They answered the call and killed the mighty Alpheratz, and now they are going to be famous. And rich. The Prince Bishop will not be able to touch them. But their dreams of fame and fortune are suddenly interrupted when the mayor of a nearby town seeks them out to tell them her town has been attacked. Not just by one dragon this time, but three. As Gill takes on the role of Dragonslayer once again, Solene decides to return to ...more
gwendalyn _books_
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the lines between enemy and ally blur, Guillot dal Villerauvais is drawn farther into the life and service he had left far behind. Solène attempts to come to terms with the great magical talent she fears is as much a curse as a blessing, while the Prince Bishops quest for power twists and turns, and takes on a life of its own.
With dragons to slay, and an enemy whose grip on the kingdom grows ever tighter, Gill and his comrades must fight to remain true to themselves, while standing at the
Nay Denise
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Going with a 3.75 star rating. I stated this in the last review for book one, but I just don't care for books that contain a lot of inner dialogue and thought. I prefer books that have more character interaction. Just my own personal taste.

Guillot aka Gill is still awesome. He's straightforward, lazy and funny. He reminds me of a lazy version of Geralt. He was a lot more focused this time around and did things with a lot more care. I enjoyed
Craig Stein
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second installment to the Dragonslayer series was quite enjoyable. Some chapters were just alright and I had little trouble staying interested, while others I blew through and then couldnt stop. The villain continues to grow as one of my most hated villains. He doesnt have that Sauron or Vader vibe of you love them but you hate them cause how bad they are. Amaury is just a jag and cant wait for (hopefully) his inevitable downfall. Gill and Solene shine through again while the introduction of ...more
Miss S
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The 2nd installment does not disappoint, another page Turner from start to finish. More dragons, a definite bonus in my view and a few twists along the way that keep it wonderfully interesting.
I loved learning more about our hero and heroine and how their stories are evolving bring on the third installment so I can find out what happens next.
Aleksandr Podolskiy
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. This book was a great follow up to Dragonslayer. The character development was on point and the action definitely kept the pages turning.
Erin Mason
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is just so perfect!! After having things set up in the Dragonslayer we follow Gill and Solene as they go their separate ways to try and find fulfillment in their lives. Solene is trying to learn how to control her power so that she doesnt burn out her magic. Gill is asked to slay more dragons in a border village. They both encounter perils, mysteries to be uncovered, and startling truths. The villain, Amaury is still at his machinations and becomes even more daring and hateful in his quest ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spoiler free review. This was a great book and awesome follow up to the first book in the series. Gil continues to fight to protect the kingdom from dragons. This book picks up right from where the first left off and continues the story. I really like the characters and the interactions between them. Im also a fan of political intrigue which plays a role in this story. Great story and not predictable. ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a pre-release copy of this book for my unbiased review. Having read and enjoyed both of the other 2 series by Hamilton I have to say this one did not disappoint. I enjoy the main character immensely he is just imperfect enough to be believable and in an under-dog sort of way I cheer for his successes. This second in the series allowed for more expansion into the secondary characters including the dragons. Hamilton gives them a depth I enjoy; they arent all good and they arent all bad. ...more
Joanna Bennett
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it

I read the first of this series in June and you can find that review here. My biggest complaint with the first one was just needing more from everything, especially the characters. I will say that the second book was a bit better but I still had a couple issues.

The first chapter doesnt waste any time when it comes to pulling you in. I was very impressed and excited to see the dragons introduced straight away.

Just like the first book, this one also has multiple point-of-views. A few of them
Alex D.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cannot wait for book 3 of the series! I loved the idea of the first book, but hoped for more from the dragon's perspective in the second and was not disappointed. This is a great story and a quick and exciting read by a fantastic author.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

I want to call Guillot dal Villerauvais an antihero, because if theres one thing the man does not want to be, its a hero. Hes been there and done that and knows, for sure, for certain and for true, that the so-called glory is empty. As tempting as the adulation still is, hes all too aware that its a cup of poison.

And so much of his personal behavior since he left the capital in disgrace five years ago has been, well, lets call it less than heroic that it
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Knight of the Silver Circle by Duncan Hamilton is second in the Dragonslayer trilogy. Alpheratz the Black has been defeated. Gill doesn't get the chance to rest for long though. Long dormant eggs clutched by Alpheratz' mate have unexpectedly hatched, and now three more dragons are terrorising the land. With none to shepherd their growth, mental or physical, these juveniles are potentially far more dangerous than their da. Learning the secret of the Chevalier protection ceremony from Solene, ...more
Daryl Graves
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Knight of the Silver Circle is the second book in Duncan M. Hamilton's The Dragon Slayer Trilogy. Despite enjoying the first book, I found knight of the Silver Circle to be much more entertaining and developed in areas I struggled with in the first book. This book gives a much more detailed insight into dragons and this was definitely one of my favourite aspects of the book. I remember writing in my review of Dragonslayer that I would have liked to see more regarding the dragons and their ...more
Tori Tecken
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A solid second book. Oftentimes the second book in a trilogy ends up being a subpar bridge between the set up and the climax (books 1 & 3). However, I actually enjoyed this book more than the first one.

Pharadon was an awesome character and was great as a way to explore the history of the dragons and their relationship to mankind a bit more. The expansion of our knowledge of the magic system was also welcome, even though the rules are pretty vague, the magic manifestation was interesting.

Gemma McGee
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Knight of the Silver Circle takes the Dragonslayer books in a different direction. The Dragonslayer is an important factor but it's Amaury thirst for power and the effects it has on Gill and Solene choices.

On the topic of Amaury, I continue to pray for his demise. As a whole, he is an interesting character with his history, motive and intelligence. But he doesn't have anything I would class as a redeeming feature. 

Where in Knight of Silver Circle has a redemption ark for Gill. He is trying to do
Michele(mluker) Luker
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FINALLY!!! I have been waiting for this second installment, and man, it did not disappoint! I mean, it has Dragons, and magic, and fighting, knights, loyalty and IS the full package for a fantasy!!

Gill doesn't want the spotlight or fame of being a Dragonslayer...Solene is trying to deal with her conscience about killing...and she decides she needs to go back to learn to control her magic. In the meantime, Gill is asked to help a village that is being tormented by MORE dragons, and
Betsy Scalzo
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Guillot and Solene return in this second volume of the Dragonslayer trilogy. It seems that some dragon eggs have hatched and the babies are growing quickly. People in nearby towns are terrified, and one mayor has searched out Guillot to ask for help. Amaury, the Prince Bishop, is still bent on kingdom domination and has hired some thugs to steal the magic cup from Guillot. Solene has proven that she has strong magic talents to help defend Guillot, but she can't control them and must stay in ...more
Laura Newsholme
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really enjoyable second instalment in this series that I think I enjoyed more than book one! It tells the continuing story of Gil and his role as the land's only dragon slayer. Firstly, the narrative was really well paced and kept my interest throughout, which was great, The story is simple and straightforward and I appreciated the way in which Hamilton has expanded on both the world building and the characters in this instalment. There were some really interesting developments for ...more
Stuart Milne
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant! Sequels are always dangerous. They have a bad habit of losing the reader through a failure to meet the same high standard of the 1st book. Mr. Hamilton however, doesn't have this issue. This book follows Dragon Slayer perfectly, and as a bonus, the author didn't feel the need to continually remind us of what had previously transpired, or, what powers may have been conferred. I love the way he left the players in this book, to just get on with what they had to do without the ...more
Richard May
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Having really enjoyed book one, Dragonslayer, I was looking forward to reading the second part and I wasnt disappointed. The story carries on at the same pace as the first, building on from the events of book one and expanding and strengthening the characters and events. It also introduces new characters who are masterfully woven into the existing fabric of the story.
I have now read several books by Duncan M Hamilton and
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. What a wonderful sequel to Dragonslayer. All the main characters become more fleshed out leaving me loving some and hating others more than ever. My favorite part of this book was viewing life through the soul of the dragons. The author's ability to write from so many points of view is truly praiseworthy. This book has everything one could want from a good fantasy novel - a believable world, a good versus evil ...more
David Herman
Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it
This book really frustrates me. The story has a lot of potential; it really does. The protagonists continue to be enrapturing, and the new dragons add so much to the the lore of Hamilton's world. The plot is overall captivating but really lags in places (cough cough the capital). The principal antagonist is a caricature. All of his passages scream "I'm the villain!" with comic book fervor. That said, he does get in a nice twist towards the end. His new sidekick is meh. Like she has her ...more
William A Brower
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The second in the series was just as good as the first. I get the feeling I'm reading the original Star Wars trilogy. The first, we are introduced to the Protagonist and the Antagonist. They have history. The Second was the filler where the protagonist has a moral decision between good and evil and antagonist appears to come out on top. No doubt the third will have an exciting culmination with Gill coming out on top. They are good quick reads, about 300 pages each, so I will know in about 2 ...more
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