Title: Traitor’s Blade (Greatcoats #1)
Author: Sebastien de Castell
Release Date/Publisher: March 4th 2014 by Penguin Canada
Finished: February 17th 2014
Pages: 384-ARC eBook-given for review
1. Traitor’s Blade
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
What I Thought
ARC eBook given for review from Penguin Canada, thank you!
This book is just as awesome as that description sounds. I wanted to read this when I first saw it so I’m really happy the publisher let me read it.
There’s a lot of action and sword fights as well as a fast pace throughout the whole book. The way it was written was great so I didn’t get tired of it or bored at all. Sometimes with a ton of action it can be too much after a while, but I liked it and it kept me reading. The sword fights are probably one of the best parts of this book and a lot of the time he goes on to explain how techniques would look or how they work and I liked that added insight. It made the action pop out just that much more.
Falcio was the main character and he was pretty cool. He was always trying to do the right thing and keep the laws of the Greatcoats going, even when the world seemed like it was changing and they were being called traitors. I loved seeing parts of his past and how everything led up to the current story, especially his interactions with the King. It wasn’t an info dump either and everything was nicely placed where it needed to be in the story. But it’s not all action, there’s a lot of politics and survival and truly figuring themselves out that the characters have to deal with.
If you’re looking for a great book with lots of action but one that also has a great story I suggest you pick this book up. I’ve already recommended it to my fiancé and he’s excited to try it out.