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Reviewed by Delene Vrey for Readers' Favorite
Futility of Defense is the second book in the epic sword and sorcery series The Paladin's Journey by Bryan Cole. The series follows the exploits of Krell, a paladin of the god ReckNor, and his band of warriors under contract to protect the harbor town of Watford. Watford has become the target of sea devils that attack during storms and kill indiscriminately. This time, Krell has to face a giant and a basilisk and reanimate his killed friends. Again. Consequences from the past bring death and destruction to Watford as a demon wants to destroy Krell. If dealing with these things is not enough, Krell has to navigate human life and relationships, which sometimes seem more difficult than fighting monsters.
In this second installment of The Paladin's Journey, Cole has taken time to flesh out the characters. As more background is given regarding Verbena, Dahlia, and Sheana, Krell develops both in his magic and hand-to-hand combat skills, his view of the world, and his role as a Paladin of ReckNor. We also learn more about the political background of the region and see how much Krell knows about achieving peace by winning a war that no one realized was being fought. Once again, the book has immersive world-building and great characters driving the story. Character and plot development brings a new angle to the story while staying true to the characters and plot from the first installment. The book covers various themes that include gender violence, making hard choices, and understanding that you have to deal with consequences.