Review: Paladin’s Grace by T. Kingfisher

Series: The Saint of Steel #1
Author: T. Kingfisher
Publisher: Indie
Released: February 11, 2020
Received: Own

4 1/2 kitties

Book Summary:

Stephen is a Paladin for the Saint of Steel. Or rather, he was. His god died three years ago, and Stephen and the few remaining Paladins have been struggling to find a purpose ever since. It’s like a part of his chest has been ripped away, leaving little behind.

Yet one chance encounter may present Stephen with the chance to find something new and warm in his life. Grace is a perfumer – one quite talented at getting herself into trouble. On the bright side, that’ll give Stephen the perfect excuse to be near her.

My Review:

I’ve had The Saint of Steel series on my TBR list from the moment I discovered T. Kingfisher, and man, was I not disappointed here! Paladin’s Grace is heavy-hitting, with strong emotional tones, a decent romantic subplot, plus lots of mystery and adventure. In other words, it’s exactly what I was looking for.

Stephen and Grace are perhaps not the characters I was expecting from a world such as this, but having finished the book; I don’t think I would have had it any other way. They’re perfect, and by that, I mean they’re imperfect. Stephen is tortured by the loss of his god (and sometimes his loss of control), while her past haunts Grace. It’s a lot to delve into, but it’s worth it.

There are two significant mysteries in Paladin’s Grace, which are fascinating. One gets mostly resolved by the end, but the other is borderline cliffhanger territory. On the bright side, there’s no need to wait for the next book (Paladin’s Strength), so I’m not going to complain!

I’m glad that Paladin’s Grace is part of a series because I feel like there’s so much more to this world – and I can’t wait to see what T. Kingfisher has in store. Now, excuse me; I must order a copy of Paladin’s Strength.


  • Worldbuilding
  • Gods and Saints
  • Fantasy Mystery
  • Romance

Trigger Warnings:

  • Poisoning
  • Loss of control
  • Home Invasion
  • False Imprisonment

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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