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Traitor's Blade (The Greatcoats)

Traitor's Blade (The Greatcoats) [Kindle Edition]

Sebastien de Castell
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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'[An] engaging swashbuckling romp driven by elaborate swordplay and Aaron Sorkin-esque speechifying' Starburst Magazine.

'An all-round brilliant fantasy debut, and one of the best I've read in a decade' Civilian

'With a tip of his hat at Alexandre Dumas, Sebastien de Castell make a fine first impression in this entertaining debut ... Traitor's Blade is a bunch of fun from one cover to the other'

'The Three Musketeers meets Game of Thrones ... marks the perfect start to a swashbuckling adventure series that would be high up on anyone's list of 2014 Fantasy books' fantasy-smorgasbord.

'An amazing debut and one of my favourite books of the year. If the quality of the series continues this might just be one of my all-time favourites' Speculative Book Review.

'I loved, loved, loved Traitor's Blade. I would recommend it to everyone ... Seriously, this is one excellent and remarkably entertaining book! Read it' The BiblioSanctum.

'A brilliant story teller. This book reminded me of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie'

'Some books you can't put down. This one won't even let you try; it whirls you along in a wild dance of fights, treachery, and jaw-dropping surprises' Dave Duncan, author of King of Swords.

'Sebastien De Castell has firmly planted his name on my radar as one of the best debut Fantasy authors this year ... I enjoyed Traitor's Blade immensely and can't wait for the next book and whatever the author comes up with in the future. Certainly a book that I highly recommend, to anyone!' Draumr Kopa Blog.

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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...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1141 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (10 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,406 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sebastien de Castell had just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first dig. Four hours later he realized how much he actually hated archaeology and left to pursue a very focused career as a musician, ombudsman, interaction designer, fight choreographer, teacher, project manager, actor, and digital strategist. His only defence against the charge of unbridled dilettantism is that he genuinely likes doing these things and that, in one way or another, each of these fields plays a role in his writing. He sternly resists the accusation of being a Renaissance Man in the hopes that more people will label him that way.

He'd be quite happy if you decided to say hello at or on Twitter where you can find him @decastell

Sebastien lives in Vancouver, Canada with his lovely wife and two belligerent cats.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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The story is told from the 1st person perspective of Falcio Val Mond, First Cantor of the Greatcoats. His charming, romantic and noble (though he'd hate for me to say that) personality traits are what caused my to form an allegiance with the character early on and maintained that connection throughout.
The basic storyline (without any spoilers) is that Falcio dreamt of becoming a member of the legendary Greatcoat's from a young age and when he finally becomes one, he is faced with far more trouble than he could have ever anticipated. A simple and intriguing storyline that I'm sure would interest any keen fantasy reader. However, as I progressed in reading the story, it became more complex (as all good novels should do) with sudden and more complicated twists in events. The events and politics of the story appeared to be influenced by a collection of historic elements of 17th Century England, which for me personally, added something special to the story as I sub-consciously tried to second guess what was going to happen next but was left surprised every time, much to my own relief.
Despite the restricted narrative, the story maintains it's simplicity in understanding what is going on and doesn't lose the reader at any point therefore it does not lose the reader's attention.
Sebastien De Castell has also done a superb job in balancing character development (equalling that of Scott Lynch), plot and the building of this fantasy world.
This book was easily read and never appeared to dip in the quality of its writing like most books do at some point.
I thoroughly enjoyed this read and will be keeping a very close eye on this author for future releases!
I could not recommend this book any highly! A must read (despite how cliché that sounds)!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buckle thoroughly swashed! 10 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Throwbacks in fantasy are a tricky thing to get right. I'm all for reading books that take you on adventures and celebrate the sheer fun of the thing, but there is a point where you begin to sacrifice plot and character for the sake of it, and it can perhaps be a more delicate balancing act than one might think. I love me a good adventure, but not at the expense of those things.

Thankfully, Traitor's Blade gets this balancing act right.

Sebastien de Castell does an impressive job of making his central characters, most notably Falcio val Monde, both intriguing and sympathetic. He's clearly a man with as many personal issues as he has conviction in his duties as a Greatcoat, even if that organisation is in ruins nowadays. That conviction, however, takes a beating throughout the course of this story, and the places that his determination takes him make for quite a grim journey. I couldn't help feeling compelled to stick with it, though, and by the end the rewards are pretty satisfying.

See, I love a good Musketeers-style tale. I love swords and duels and intrigue and betrayal and all for one. I also love reading stories where the central players in 'games' like these are tested to their limits, both in terms of their capabilities and, as I mentioned, their personal convictions. Falcio and his friends go through enough hell to make you wonder why they keep doing what they do - but for all their flaws and their arguments amongst themselves, there's no question that these men share a bond that's both rare and unquestionable, both following and during the hard times they've got to face.

This is where de Castell gets that throwback quality right, because he balances it all with a more modern flavour.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Move over 'The 3 Muskateers' 12 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved the characters. I enjoyed the interaction between them, and the humour even in their darkest moments. I must confess that it reduced me to tears on occasions. The struggle to do the right thing when everyone around you is settling for just surviving and Falcio's love for his dead wife and king was beautiful.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Debut 10 Mar 2014

There must be something in the water or maybe the good clean open air of Canada at the moment, this is yet another author able to turn out something amazing. (others being Christian Cameron and CC Humphreys, two of my personal fav authors.)

Traitors Blade is something new in the fantasy genre, at least for me (im not as widely read in fantasy as i used to be). To get a fantasy using Timeslip, something normally reserved to thrillers worked fantastically, introducing back story and tension at the same time. This book is neither character driven or plot driven, its a wonderful blending, the author getting that fine balance between driving forward the story, and the characters voices and narrative. The story is packed with humour, emotion, banter and great character camaraderie. I’m sure that some of my enjoyment is due to the dry, self deprecating at time sarcastic voice of Falcio first Cantor of the Greatcoats and his companions.

The Greatcoats being the books/ authors fantastic creation, both the Armour they are named for, and the ideals and reason for their being. The enemy, the Dukes of the kingdom, put me in mind of the opposite of King John, where the dukes brought the King to heel and signed the people charter (Magna Carta) in Traitors Blade the king was the driving force for good and change, for the people, and the dukes are the petty tyrants.

This is yet another book this year that is in the category, “Left me with a book Hangover”, ie left me thinking about it for days afterwards, the style, the plot, the characters, and most of all wishing for the next book in the series. In finding and publishing Sebastian de Castell and Traitors Blade Jo Fletcher Books have given the genre a real treat, and i hope something new for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
an excellent read bring on book 2
Published 2 days ago by derek davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Thus is a great book. The storytelling is amazing it gripped me from page 1 till the end can't wait for the second one.
Published 3 days ago by Matthew Halligan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 4 days ago by screw
5.0 out of 5 stars A great fantasy debut from a very promising author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is like jack reacher joins the 3 musketeers and holds the ...
This is like jack reacher joins the 3 musketeers and holds the elements to make an enjoyable read along with devious enemies and an overall underlying sub plot of good vs evil. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Thomas Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Yarn!
A great yarn written in an apt swashbuckling style. A sequel would be well received.
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wonderful story great plot couldn't put down
Published 12 days ago by Mr. John Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Also some good fight scenarios
Sounded promising especially with the addition of some five star reviews but just did not in my own opinion really succeed. Read more
Published 14 days ago by The humble reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime characters and a great start to a series
Traitors Blade had me hooked from the very start. Always nice to see a new author in the fantasy genre and to see what they can offer and this is no exception. Read more
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