Saint's Blood by Sebastien De CastellSaint's Blood by Sebastien De Castell

Saint's Blood

bySebastien De Castell

Hardcover | June 7, 2016

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How do you kill a Saint?

Falcio val Mond, First Cantor of the Greatcoats, barely survives a deadly judicial duel when a mysterious woman invades the palace and sends the royal guardsmen dropping to their knees by the power of her will alone. Falcio resists just long enough for her to collapse into his arms, only then noticing the hideous iron mask attached to her face. Removing it reveals her to be the Saint of Mercy, and a chill sweeps the country as realization dawns that even the Saints, long worshipped as greater than human, can be murdered with impunity.

The Dukes, who had already been searching for a way out of their agreement with the Greatcoats to put Aline on the throne, wonder aloud whether the Gods themselves oppose her ascension. And as more Saints turn up dead, the churches of Tristia bring back the long-forgotten military orders of religious knights, assassins, and, worst of all, the Inquisitors.

With the country teetering on the edge of becoming a brutal theocracy, Falcio and the Greatcoats are forced to hunt for the killer. Their only clue is the terrifying iron mask that drives Saints mad. But even if Falcio can find the killer, he’ll still have to face the enemy in combat.

And that may be a duel that no swordsman, no matter how skilled, can hope to win.

About The Author

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 hated archaeology and left to pursue a very focused career as a musician, ombudsman, interaction designer, fight choreographer, teacher, project manager, actor, and product strategist. His only ...
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Title:Saint's BloodFormat:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1.7 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143188755

ISBN - 13:9780143188759

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great read! I really enjoy this series. Wonderful writing style - quick, new twists and turns almost every chapter, fun characters, great fight scenes, good mystery, great plot, never drags, witty :) I am very excited for the fourth book to come out!
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good, whatever you read next is going to suffer by comparison Talk about your emotional roller coasters. I started out clutching the side of my e-reader with anticipatory glee, loving the sheer excitement of each new development . . . until I hit the point where I wanted to hurl it across the room as I cursed the name Sebastien de Castell . . . before I found myself holding it in shaky hands as I bravely tried to deny that a book was on the verge of making a grown man cry. "Time to stick the pointy end through the bad man's heart." If you thought the first two books were great (and Knight's Shadow was one of my favorite books last year) then be prepared to have the bar raised impossibly high with Saint's Blood. Falcio suffers more here than any other hero in recent memory - and that's saying something, considering what he endured with the Greatcoat's Lament last time around. He's still suffering from that torture as the book begins, haunted day and night by his seemingly endless torment . . . and his anguish just gets deeper. He's a man both physically exhausted and emotionally broken, kept alive by nothing more than the slender threads of love and devotion. Even that's not enough, however, as de Castell ultimately pushes him beyond the brink in one of the most surprising scenes in the series. As deeply as Falcio suffers, however, it is Kest's story arc that proves to be the most tragic. We already saw a bit of how he suffered the loss of his hand (and sainthood) in the last book, but here we see just how deeply he's been wounded. This is a man irrevocably changed by his experience, but the manner in which he endures, and the reasons he continues to suffer, will serve to define the future of his homeland. More than just a Saint of Swords, more than just a Greatcoat, here is a man destined to take on a God. Having said all that, it is actually Brasti who is mercilessly tasked with committing the most painful act of all - and not out of vengeance or duty, but out of love. I won't say anymore, but it was that act that had me cursing the name of Sebastien de Castell so violently. Brasti has always been the heart of the series, but never moreso than in this third fateful chapter of the series. I thought Knight's Shadow did a stellar job of advancing the mythologies and world building of the series, but it's here that everything begins to come together. It's a story that begins with the death of Saints and the introduction of the Inquisitors, and which goes on to see Falcio himself begin to question his most deeply held beliefs about gods and magic. I wasn't sure where the story was headed, and actually had some concerns about what I feared was a looming thematic shift, but I loved the way it came to explore questions of faith and the law. By the time we get to the end, and come to understand the rules of the much larger duel being played out across the land, you cannot help but feel the need to stand up and applaud. It is there that Aline, Valiana, and Ethalia shine the brightest, but I don't know how to even begin to address their roles without getting into spoiler territory. Instead, I'll just declare that we have heroines in this book who can stand just as tall as the heroes, if not taller. Saint's Blood is one of those books that is so good, you almost mourn the fact that whatever you read next is going to suffer by comparison. The character growth is stunning, the advancement of themes indescribable, and the escalation of tension to unimaginable heights simply breathtaking. I have no idea how de Castell can possibly top this, but you can be assured I'll be there to watch him try.
Date published: 2016-05-11