Traitors Blade by Sebastien de Castell

Whats it about?

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…

Thoughts?

One of my biggest gripes with some fantasy authors is the grind that you sometimes have to put in between each piece of action, sometimes you can read 150 pages without the story actually progressing. Sebastien de Castell’s first installment in the Greatcoats series doesn’t have any such issues, he skips the calm and proceeds straight to the storm and never seems to leaves. Incredibly.. it actually works.

I was gripped by Castell’s story from the third page, in-fact I read the entire book in about a third of time I would usually take. I know nothing about the author but his style is incredibly easy going and feels very similar to Eddings, especially when it comes to his characters interactions and humour. With a book called the Traitors Blade you wont be surprised to find out that the story is heavy on intrigue and provides many shocking moments, I had a lot of fun trying to work out what the next revelation might be and I think if I didn’t have such a paranoid personality id have been blown away even more than I was. I have read series in the past which were so combat oriented that the fights became much less exciting but Castell displays what feels like unparalleled talent in constructing an interesting, pragmatic and most importantly unique battle, it will be interesting to find out if he can continue that throughout the series.

Rating 85/100

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