Book Title: Traitor’s Blade
Author: Sebastian de Castell
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Release Date: 10 February 2014
Traitor’s Blade is a good fast-paced read. There are sword fights in almost every chapter in this fantastical tale that reminds me a lot of The Three Musketeers.
Traitor’s Blade is the first book chronicling the swashbuckling exploits of the Greatcoats. Narrated by Falcio val Mond, the leader of the Greatcoats; the book begins with Falcio, Brasti and Kest fleeing the location of a murder. The Greatcoats are loyal to the crown but are hated by the Dukes, who killed the last king. As you can imagine, the Greatcoats have a knack for getting into a lot of fights, where the odds are stacked against them.
I really enjoyed reading this book a lot. Traitor’s Blade was easy to read and was never boring. Moreover, I was also surprised that there was an attempt by the author to explain Falcio’s backstory. Fast-paced reads sometimes can neglect character development, but Falcio, as the narrator, is developed as a character. His past is explored in flashbacks, which often take up half a chapter.
Sebastian de Castell also does a good job of placing Falcio and the other Greatcoats in a constant state of danger. The Greatcoats have a bad reputation, so they are rarely ever welcomed warmly. I am also a fan of the way de Castell asks the reader to question the morality of his characters. For example, Falcio is loyal to the King, but the last King is dead. Is it right for Falcio to continue to follow the King’s authority when he would be better off, championing the rights of ordinary people?
Without giving anything away, I must admit that the ending came as a surprise. I advise you to expect the unexpected while reading this book. In my opinion, Traitor’s Blade is a great fantasy book. There is more action than magic in this novel, but I am okay with that. I enjoy compelling stories that keep you reading until your eyes start to hurt. Traitor’s Blade is a fun swashbuckling adventure. Moreover, the Greatcoat series is definitely a series I will continue reading.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars