Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell
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…
Regular readers of the site will know I have a tendency to waffle on endlessly about books that I really enjoy. In this case however I’m going to try and do something a bit different. I adored every line of Traitor’s Blade. Seriously it is immensely good fun, you should all read it immediately.
So why should you pick up Traitor’s Blade? I was going to try explain using the medium of interpretive dance but that proved to be a logistical nightmare and I’m not that good a dancer. Instead I’ve decided I’ll use the medium of interpretive You-Tube videos. If any of the following elicits a positive reaction, then I can guarantee that this book is a million percent for you…
There are sword fights aplenty
More chases than you can shake a pointy stick at
A plot that veers off in some unexpectedly thrilling directions *
And a group of characters that you’re going to adore
Traitor’s Blade is published by Jo Fletcher Books and is available now. Even better, there appears to be a sequel out there in the wild already as well. How very splendid.
* I’ll admit this one makes slightly more sense after you’ve read the book.