I don’t usually read Fantasy books, but lately I’ve started to get into them. I think it has a lot to do with the hype on Booktube about Brandon Sanderson’s series and other “amazing” fantasy series. When Penguin Canada sent out a message asking if anyone would be interested in reviewing Sebastian De Castell’s Traitor’s Blade, I figured I’d give it a try. I also heard amazing things about this book and always like reading books that have a huge hype to see why there is such a hype about it…
Title: Traitor’s Blade
Author: Sebastian De Castell
Publication Date: March 6, 2014
Format: Paperback, 370 pages
Source: Received from Publisher for Blog Tour
(** Review and thoughts are my own honest opinions**)
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Falcio is the first Cantor of the Greatcoats. Trained in the fighting arts and the laws of Tristia, the Greatcoats are travelling Magisters upholding King’s Law. They are heroes. Or at least they were, until they stood aside while the Dukes took the kingdom, and impaled their King’s head on a spike.
Now Tristia is on the verge of collapse and the barbarians are sniffing at the borders. The Dukes bring chaos to the land, while the Greatcoats are scattered far and wide, reviled as traitors, their legendary coats in tatters.
All they have left are the promises they made to King Paelis, to carry out one final mission. But if they have any hope of fulfilling the King’s dream, the divided Greatcoats must reunite, or they will also have to stand aside as they watch their world burn…
About the Author (from Goodreads):
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 actually 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 defence against the charge of unbridled dilettantism is that he genuinely likes doing these things and that, in one way or another, each of these fields plays a role in his writing. He sternly resists the accusation of being a Renaissance Man in the hopes that more people will label him that way.
Sebastien lives in Vancouver, Canada with his lovely wife and two belligerent cats.
Visit Sebastian’s website at: http://decastell.com/
Traitor’s Blade is told from Falcio’s perspective and has a lot of action, some magic and a little bit of love (but not much) thrown in. Rapiers, swords, arrows, punches- the battle scenes seemed intense but also had humour thrown in. I think what I liked most was that the battle scenes were not overly gruesome, but still had enough detail that you felt like you were there.
Characters: All of the characters were a lot of fun. Each character offers their own flavor into the mix of the story- Falcio seems to think he knows everything, but in reality he just has a big heart and wants to do the best for everyone; Kest just seems to be the one who wants to help and doesn’t break the rules; and Brasti seems to be the joker and VERY interested in women! It’s fun seeing these three characters interact with one another and interact with other characters.
Although this story centers around the Greatcoats, what I really enjoyed were the strong female characters that Sebastian threw in. Valentia knows what she wants and is willing to do what she can to get it. My heart broke for her a little even though when I first met her I thought she was going to be a complete nuisance. My favourite female character was definitely Aline- she was strong and everything you would want to see in a young female.
Plot: The plot was really good, not as predictable as I thought it would be. I found the beginning of the book a bit hard to get into, but that might have been because I wasn’t in the “fantasy” mindframe yet. I really enjoyed seeing where the book was going and all of the twists that Sebastian threw in. This is the first book in the Greatcoat’s Series and so it was laying a lot of ground work for the rest of the series. I found that the book moved well and kept you interested.
Writing Style: The writing in this book was really good and flowed nicely. The descriptions were all necessary and good- they allowed the story to progress forward while still giving the reader the information they needed in order to complete the picture of the book.
Overall, this book was a really fun read. I think this book will appeal to fantasy lovers and non-fantasy lovers alike. There is something in this book for everyone!
“Oh, my sweetest of girls. I’m sorry if my little lie hurt you any… And I promise, there are only nine hundred and ninety-nine more lies that I told you…” (213)