Traitor's Blade Book Cover Traitor's Blade
Greatcoat #1
Sebastien de Castell
Fantasy, High Fantasy
Jo Fletcher Books
March 6th 2014
370

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

ME WHILE I WAS READING THE BOOK

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ME AFTER FINISHING THE BOOK

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Pretend, just for a moment, that you have attained your most deep-seeted desire.

This quote is the first line from this book, and I knew, by just reading that first line, I KNEW I WAS GOING TO LOVE THIS BOOK.

Let me tell you, THIS BOOK DID NOT DISAPPOINT. The enthusiasm I had when I was starting this book was still there after I finished it.

SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRAITOR’S BLADE:

A dead King (who is one of my faves)

An oath that needed to be kept (the King is such a sly man)

A group of three (yep. Like the three musketeers)

Series of unfortunate events (literally)

A girl that might change the world (not telling you which because that’s a spoiler)

A throne that needs to be occupied (the question is, who?)

Evil duchess and dukes trying to kill them (won’t it be nice for once if this is not the case?)

THE GOOD

  • FIRST AND SECOND POV NARRATION. It’s not every day you read a book that switches POV as they are telling the story. There are times that you’d feel as if Falcio is talking to you while he is telling the story. Doing it this way made their adventures a bit more personal.
  • THESE CHARACTERS WERE GREAT. I loved the characters and all their witty banter. They all had their own quirks and personality. I’m telling you, once you read this book, these characters will be embedded into your soul even after you finish it.
  • FALCIO. Oh Falcio. That name of yours reminds me something… I’d rather not say. Haha. Kidding aside though, I liked his character because HE IS NOT PERFECT. He has tons of shortcomings. He makes tons of stupid decisions that he knows would get him killed but does it anyway out of principle.
  • THE TRIO: FALCIO, BRASTI, AND KEST. These three are so much fun to read. Their banters are the best.
  • THE WRITING. For those of you who are terrified of trying out fantasy books because you’re thinking it’s going to be like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Do not fear, Traitor’s Blade is here. The story is easy to read. The characters are easy to imagine in your head. The sequences or events are easy to follow because of how reader friendly the writing is. I would highly suggest this book for people wanting to try out the fantasy genre without frying your brains out.
  • THE MISFORTUNES AND MISADVENTURE. Falcio is one unlucky dude. Haha. It’s like he was born to be unlucky. Haha. He had to go through a lot of obstacles in this book, and when I say a lot, I meant a lot, including becoming a punching bag for a giant-like person called Ugh, who I ended up really liking.
  • KING PAELIS or should I call him Falcio’s OTL (One true love. Haha) Haha. Falcio’s loyalty to him understandable though. Paelis could have been a great king. I liked that, even though he only belonged in the past POVs, i still got to know what kind of human being these Greatcoats were serving.
  • I LOVED THE WITTY DIALOGUE
  • ALINE. Not going to tell you which, but there is more than one, and I ended up liking them both. They share more than just a name, too. They share a common fierceness and entitlement.
  • THE TAILOR. I love her. I think she’s slightly mad but she’s an amazing character. Every scene she’s in, I cannot help not giggle or laugh. Her involvement in all this was also something I completely did not expect.
  • THE LAST FEW CHAPTERS OF THIS BOOK GOT MY HEART POUNDING. I was at the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens next.
  • THE TWIST AND THE UNEXPECTED TURNS. There were quite a lot of things that happened here that left my mouth hanging open, one of which is regarding a duchess and her daughter.   Normally, i could read through plot twists, but not with this one. It caught be by surprised – TWICE.
  • THE DEVIL INCARNATE, PATRIANA. I hate her so much that I actually like it. She is the most vilest human being, if she even is, that I have ever had the opportunity of reading. This woman is seriously fucked up.
  • it will definitely leave you wanting to know more.
  • This book had a reasonable length to it. It’s only about 300 something pages in comparison to some other fantasy books that are 500 pages at a minimum.

THE BAD

  • FOR A FANTASY BOOK, IT LACKED WORLD BUILDING. Note that i didn’t say it didn’t have one, I said it lacked it. While I love the world these characters were in, I wish there could have been more. I was thirsting for more.
  • NOT A FAN OF VIOLENCE, but this is just me. This book, while fun and lighthearted, could get a little violent at times. I didn’t like the fact that an animal was hurt in this book. My heart cannot cope with the pain of having a poor animal hurt. I just can’t!
  • Some scenes are brushed too quickly. One specific example was during a duel between one of these characters and a Saint. The book never got into detail into what happened to that.
  • THERE WAS A SLIGHT TINGE OF ROMANCE that I did not care about. Although, it may be important on the next books… maybe? I dunno. I just feel it was unnecessary and a bit of deus ex-machina-ish?

THE UGLY

I don’t think there is anything here that I absolutely hated.

FINAL JUDGEMENT

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR NEWBIE FANTASY READERS

I love this book. I had such a good time reading it. Not only was it a fun, fast-paced read, it was also one that would pull on your heartstrings. Friendship, camaraderie, loyalty, sense of duty, and justice are just a few of the themes that are in this book.

For some of the more regular fantasy readers, I would see them getting disappointed with this because of the limited world building. However, my friend told me that the next book does explore their world more, so that might be something to keep in mind. But for those of you starting with fantasy books, this is definitely a good one to start with. There isn’t an extensive number of characters and history to remember, so it doesn’t overwhelm first time readers.

Again, I love this book and highly recommend it.