'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' Tor.com.
'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.
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.