Traitor’s Blade Sebastian De Castell

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Falcio is the first Cantor of the Greatcoats. Trained in the fighting arts and the laws of Tristia, the Greatcoats are travelling Magisters upholding King’s Law. They are heroes. Or at least they were, until they stood aside while the Dukes took the kingdom, and impaled their King’s head on a spike.

Now Tristia is on the verge of collapse and the barbarians are sniffing at the borders. The Dukes bring chaos to the land, while the Greatcoats are scattered far and wide, reviled as traitors, their legendary coats in tatters.

All they have left are the promises they made to King Paelis, to carry out one final mission. But if they have any hope of fulfilling the King’s dream, the divided Greatcoats must reunite, or they will also have to stand aside as they watch their world burn…

 

This book is the first part of a series based around the Greatcoats.

Traitor’s Blade is fantastic book which I highly recommend . From a good start the book gets better and better as it progresses
I expected a swash buckler with some fun but the book is so much more than that. The book is a lot darker and grittier than I thought it would be.

It gets quite violent and graphic in parts but these fit the plot well.
The main character and narrator, Falcio is a fantastic character and the goings on in his head keep the story moving fantastically. The villains are suitably dark and interesting in their own way.

The author builds up a fantastic web of a plot which unfolds to a brilliantly twisted ending.

What really marked this out for me though was the various fight and duel scenes involving Falcio.
De Castell choreographs them brilliantly laying out both the elegance and the violence of each occasion. You can feel the movement and get drawn right in.
By the end you cannot help but want to be one of the Greatcoats.

Definitely one of the books of the year. The sequel cannot come quick enough.

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About Paul Walsh

I'm a big fan of fantasy and scifi, which would make up most of my reading but will branch out often enough. Favourite authors vary over time but generally include Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Conn Iggulden, Robert Harris, Karen Maitlan, Kate Mosse, Anne Rice, Philip K Dick, Ray Bradbury. John Scalzi, Mark Lawrence, Pat Rothfuss and a host of others. I'm not the harshest reviewer but will note down a few words on all books I read.
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