Traitor's Blade by Sebastien De CastellTraitor's Blade by Sebastien De Castell

Traitor's Blade

bySebastien De Castell

Paperback | June 2, 2015

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With swashbuckling action that recalls Dumas'sThree Musketeers, Sebastien de Castell has created a dynamic new fantasy series. InTraitor's Blade, a disgraced swordsman struggles to redeem himself by protecting a young girl caught in the web of a royal conspiracy.

The King is dead, the Greatcoats have been disbanded, and Falcio Val Mond and his fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as bodyguards for a nobleman who refuses to pay them. Things could be worse, of course. Their employer could be lying dead on the floor while they are forced to watch the killer plant evidence framing them for the murder. Oh wait, that's exactly what's happening.

Now a royal conspiracy is about to unfold in the most corrupt city in the world. A carefully orchestrated series of murders that began with the overthrow of an idealistic young king will end with the death of an orphaned girl and the ruin of everything that Falcio, Kest, and Brasti have fought for. But if the trio want to foil the conspiracy, save the girl, 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.
Sebastien de Castellhad just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first job. 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. These inte...
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Title:Traitor's BladeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:June 2, 2015Publisher:QuercusLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1623654009

ISBN - 13:9781623654009

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Unput-downable! There is no romance and yet I still loved this book and for me that is saying a lot. I love the bromance! The beginning had a Name of the Wind feel, where Falico is chronicling his life story. This book is a great complete package. It has backstory, characters, relationships and terrible villains. It is becoming rare to find a story that feels complete as a stand-alone that is part of a series. I can't wait to read more.
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fantasy overall giving this book 3.5stars. I really enjoyed this fantasy, it was a fun world to be in. Nothing better than a good sword fight. I did find that about 1/2 way in I was able to put the book down and really was in no hurry to pick it up. That did change though when I passed it. I liked Falcio's character but wish we had gotten more of a background story on Kest and Brasti. Looking forward to starting the 2nd book in the Greatcoats series
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much fun I love the three musketeers and I love fantasy and putting the two together with some violent action makes this book super fun, fast and exciting. Can't wait to read the next 3.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay This took me way too long to finish and I wonder if it was the story itself or the fact that I had a heavy courseload in uni that I didn't have any time to spare for reading - who knows. Anyway, I think I like the overall concept of the Greatcoats. I loved the dialogue between the different characters (sometimes I couldn't keep up because of their ridiculous names!). However, I was not a fan of the characters -- they all seemed one-dimensional, except for Falcio (I think). I wish more was revealed about Brasti and Kest and even Valiana. I don't know, they just lacked something and I thought it was depth. I also think that more should be revealed (or shown) about the King. Lastly, I did not enjoy the constant jumping between different times. It wasn't done very smoothly. I am definitely going to read the second book of the series (since I already own it) and I have a feeling it will get better. We'll see.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay This took me way too long to finish and I wonder if it was the story itself or the fact that I had a heavy courseload in uni that I didn't have any time to spare for reading - who knows. Anyway, I think I like the overall concept of the Greatcoats. I loved the dialogue between the different characters (sometimes I couldn't keep up because of their ridiculous names!). However, I was not a fan of the characters -- they all seemed one-dimensional, except for Falcio (I think). I wish more was revealed about Brasti and Kest and even Valiana. I don't know, they just lacked something and I thought it was depth. I also think that more should be revealed (or shown) about the King. Lastly, I did not enjoy the constant jumping between different times. It wasn't done very smoothly. I am definitely going to read the second book of the series (since I already own it) and I have a feeling it will get better. We'll see.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great read! I enjoyed the twist on the Three Musketeers and the story was intriguing. The writing style is one I enjoy - quick witted, fast pacing, fun characters, and the fight scenes were extremely well done. I flew through this series and am excited for the fourth book to come out.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant and Intriguing! I bought this book at an English bookstore in Amsterdam and I began to read it on the plane back. I read it for the entire 6 hours without fail. If you know the video game Dishonored, this book is very much like that. The plot moves at a fantastic pace and is filled with twists and turns. I would honestly recommend this too anyone who enjoys fantasy!
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fantasy! Traitor's Blade is similar to the Riyria books by Michael J Sullivan but its a bit more serious in tone and not quite as fun of a read. For the first half of this book, that's all the compliments I could've given Traitor's Blade. But as the story progressed I was drawn much more into the world and the main character. The flashback sections of the book seemed a bit 'out of place' to me. They really broke up the flow of the book. There was always some sort of important piece of plot or character development in the flashbacks, but I just feel there's probably a smoother way to integrate that into the overall story. I like where the story is left off for the next book. I'll be reading that sometime in the future.
Date published: 2016-12-23

Editorial Reviews

"A gripping read with genuine emotion and excitement . . . It's written in first person form the point of view of Falcio, one of three rapier-wielding servants of the king from an elite military group. The trio get in and out of scrapes while a larger scenario unfolds, interwoven with flashbacks to fill in our hero's past . . . A great read."-Mark Lawrence, bestselling author of The Red Queen's War and The Emperor of Thorns series