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Review: Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell


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.

My thoughts

Traitor’s Blade is an epic adventure story, with witty and amazing characters, wicked sword fights and just an overall fun story. A book that did not only captivated me right from the beginning and until the very end but that also surprised me with FEELS and its plot twists.

Oh man, I LOVED the world of the Greatcoats and everything connected to them. The world building was amazing and I rushed through this book because I wanted to know EVERYTHING. I liked that we get to know everything by Falcio’s story telling that alternates between present and past. 
The most epic thing about this story was that these guys know how to fight and man do they fight. To make me like reading about fights and not getting bored of them you have to do a pretty good job and Sebastien de Castell did. I loved that he explained those fights in details, as with their strategies and how it’s done right. I never thought something like that could be so interesting, but it was.

The characters were just wonderful and entertaining! Not only do I love reading about a group of guys because bromance is always awesome but I also loved their banter. These guys really don’t have the best of times but they were still able to make me laugh which I always appreciate in books like these.
These are characters I liked right from the start. It only needed a couple of pages and I knew that this book would give me all the feels because it starts right with the action and the guys in a precarious situation. What I wasn’t prepared for though was their background stories. Those really gave me the feels.
Add to that that I felt really bad for all of them because they wanted to be the good guys, the heroes, so bad, but they have to kill again and again and it just doesn’t seem to be possible for them to be what they want. Sometimes I just wanted to give them, especially Falcio, a hug.
There was some seriously awesome character development going on and I can’t wait to read where it takes them next and get to know more about the past.

Awesome fights, great characters, plot twists I didn’t see coming and feels in abundance made me love this book. It’s lighthearted tone but dark setting is exactly what I love. Sebastien de Castell wrote an amazing debut which I hope was the first one of many more to come. I can’t wait to read more books set in this world.

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Jan 08, 2015