[BLOG TOUR] Traitors Blade by Sebastien De Castell

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Title: Traitors Blade
Author: Sebastien De Castell
Series: Greatcoats #1
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Release Date: March 4th 2014
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Source: ARC received at OLA in exchange for an honest review

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The King is dead, the Greatcoats have been disbanded, and Falcio Val Mond and his fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as bodyguards for a nobleman who refuses to pay them. Things could be worse, of course. Their employer could be lying dead on the floor while they are forced to watch the killer plant evidence framing them for the murder. Oh wait, that’s exactly what’s happening…

Now a royal conspiracy is about to unfold in the most corrupt city in the world. A carefully orchestrated series of murders that began with the overthrow of an idealistic young king will end with the death of an orphaned girl and the ruin of everything that Falcio, Kest, and Brasti have fought for. But if the trio want to foil the conspiracy, save the girl, and reunite the Greatcoats, they’ll have to do it with nothing but the tattered coats on their backs and the swords in their hands, because these days every noble is a tyrant, every knight is a thug, and the only thing you can really trust is a traitor’s blade.

I have always been a huge fan of historical fiction, I love the movies, TV shows and obviously books. That is why when I saw the synopsis for Traitors Blade I knew I had to read it, and I am so glad I did because it was a great read!

The first thing I noticed when I was reading was that it reminded me of The Three Musketeers, there were sword fighting, witty banter and a tragic back story that broke my heart. Falcio was a great character to narrate this story because he himself was not a complete character yet. There were holes in his personality, left after his wife died and we got to take the journey with him on healing and figuring what kind of man he wanted to be.

What I think I loved the most about this book were the secondary characters because they brought such life to the story. I found myself wishing there were more scenes where Falcio's friends were present because I found that the dialogue was a lot quicker and fast paced, with a lot of sarcasm. I did find that near the end the action got a little quiet and I found myself wanting a little more to grab my attention, but overall I blew through this book.

The world that was built in this book was incredible because it had real life elements combined with magic and great historic surroundings. I loved that although the magic was not the first thing you noticed but it kept me reading. I wanted to know what magic they would use next and on whom. I loved that the evil characters were not all evil and that the line was blurred for most of the book, with the real revelation at the end of the book, and I honestly did not see coming.

Overall this book was a great start to a brand new series that combines the magic of fantasy with the realism of historical fiction. I loved watching these character fight and learn more about their own lives and their own world and I cannot wait for this series to continue!

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  1. Great review! I agree that I wish there were more scenes with Brasti and Kest. I love those two, and I hope they play bigger roles in the next book.