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Traitor's Blade (The Greatcoats Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sebastien de Castell
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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'The Three Musketers meets Game of Thrones, Traitor's Blade is the most delightful fun ... marks the perfect start to a swashbuckling adventure series that would be high up on anyone's list of 2014 Fantasy books ... A thoughtful book [that will] remind you that there are a lot of things in this world worth fighting for' fantasy-smorgasbord.

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

'An all-round brilliant fantasy debut, and one of the best I've read in a decade ... Every so often, a debut novel comes along that knocks your expectations out of the park. Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of those novels. Peter V. Brett's The Painted Man is another. Sebastien de Castell's Traitor's Blade needs to be added to that list. I loved this' Civilian Reader.

'Traitor's Blade is a very polished debut with a solid plot, great characters, a lovely world, and most importantly, it exudes a sense of fun that is infectious ... [it] comes highly recommended' A Fantastical Librarian.

'If this isn't your most anticipated debut novel of 2014, then you're doing it wrong. Traitor's Blade may well end up going down as one of the strongest first fantasy novels of recent times - it's an absolute stunner that you can't afford to miss' The Founding Fields.

'Brilliantly conceived, cleverly executed and a whole bucket of fun, this will be one of the most entertaining novels you read this year' Liz Loves books.

'The story is packed with humour, emotion and great character camaraderie ... Jo Fletcher Books have given the genre a real treat. I want to join the Greatcoats' Parmenion Books.

'An excellent read [with] powerful narrative and many twists and turns ... Traitor's Blade is the first 'new' fantasy of 2014 that met and even exceeded my expectations' Fantasy Book Critic.

'This is a great book from an equally great writer ... As long as de Castell keeps writing these books, I will keep reading them' Utter Biblio.

From the Back Cover

The King is dead, the Greatcoats have been disbanded and Falcio Val Mond and fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as bodyguards for a nobleman who refuses to pay them. Things could be worse - their employer could be lying dead on the floor while the three of them are forced to watch as the killer plants evidence framing them for the murder. Oh, wait, that's exactly what's happening...
A royal conspiracy is about to unfold in the most corrupt city in the world and it could mean the ruin of everything Falcio, Kest and Brasti have fought for. If the trio want to unwind the conspiracy, save innocents 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1404 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,713 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Men in coats 19 Dec. 2014
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First book in a new fantasy series. This isn't quite as big a novel as most of that kind, coming in at three hundred and seventy pages.

It has a map of the setting at the front.

It's divided into thirty chapters.

Being the start of a series means that it ends with a lot still to be resolved.

It does have some violence, a few bits of strong language. And some scenes of an adult nature.

The setting is a land called Tristia. Home to Falcio. Who narrates the entire story in first person present tense. He was once a member of the Greatcoats. People who are basically travelling magistrates, who travelled the land to deliver the King's justice when required. All Greatcoats are superb warriors and people of honour.

But that was before the Duke's had the King brought down. And the Greatcoats were forced to do something that has left them utterly hated by people across the Land.

Years later, Falcio and two of his comrades are still together. Pursuing what appears to be a hopeless quest. But there's still far more going in Tristia than initially meets the eye, and the Greatcoats might still have a role to play...

This is one of those books that drops you right into the middle of things, and gradually fills in the details as it goes along. There are occasional flashbacks to key past moments in Falcio's life which do that. And yet, perhaps because we only ever see things via his narration, you're never for a single moment lost or confused. The writing grabs from the off with some good solid readable prose and never lets up.

Falcio is an easy character to like. A man trying very hard to keep his honour and to keep doing the right thing. His comrades are well drawn and likeable also.
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12 of 13 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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16 of 18 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A very, very good read.
Sebastien de Castell has built a great story in an interesting setting, Fast moving, fantastic, sometimes funny and a real page turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by MrsC
5.0 out of 5 stars A terribly clever epic adventure story
I loved this book.

I loved the idea of the Greatcoats and the Greatcoats themselves. Kest, Brasti and poor, poor Falcio. But mostly...mostly I loved the king. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Paein from Paein and Ms4Tunes' bookblog
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adventure story
A lot of reviews already mention Dumas and I agree with them in its similarity to the Three Musketeers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by lizc
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read
Was not expecting much but found it to be a thoroughly entertaining story. It had me hooked from beginning to end, looking forward to book 2.
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This was a very good first book for a writer. I thought the premises was entertaining bought the plot was a little light and the end should have "louder". Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars How did this book get published??
I got this book having looked at the high rating from reviewers and I expected something relatively good. But unfortunately I found this book truly awful. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Middle of the road read
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I found the book alittle slow going at first but stuck with it and I'm very pleased I did! After a few chapters the storyline kicks in and flows along. Read more
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