Traitor’s Blade (Greatcoats #1), by Sebastien De Castell

5 The Greatcoats may be better than the musketeers stars!

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I’m not even sure I can put into words how I feel about this book.  I truly hope the second book is as good as the first. The Greatcoats were created by the King himself.  They are sworn to  uphold the the laws in the land and pass judgement for the King.  Falcio has such an amazing heart he never doubts his king.  When the king is overthrown the Greatcoats are then scattered to the wind to search for the kings hidden gem.  Falcio and his two best friends Brasti and Kest are on a journey to find the gem even though his friends don’t exactly believe these gems exist.

I know this book focuses on Falcio’s side of things but I thoroughly enjoyed the brotherhood the three of these guys have made. They keep each other grounded and in line.  While the story does have some more serious sides to it, there are plenty of lighthearted moments in it also.  One of my favorite scenes is where they are about to battle some guards and a conversation begins between Kest and Falcio.

“Sure,” I said. “We teach them the first rule of the sword.”

One of the guards, the one closest to Kest, tightened his grip on his pike in preparation for the attack and said jeeringly, “And what’s that supposed to be , tatter-cloak? Lie down and die, like the traitors you are?”

He was a big man, well muscled, his broad shoulders perfectly suited to a using a pike.

“No,” Kest said. “The first rule of the sword is-“

His words were cut off as the guard jabbed his pike with the speed of a metal ball flying from the end of a pistol. 

“-put the pointy end into the other man,” Kest finished.  

As you can see they have great fight scenes with hilarity here or there.  Falcio is amazingly loyal to his king, his friends, and anyone who needs him. His character has amazing growth in this book.  Falcio feels he must complete the king’s request even though the Greatcoats are outcasts and seen as traitors.  Falcio starts us on a journey that while seems like a lot of coincidences is not.  He is lead exactly where he needs to be to complete his mission. Of course there are a lot of fights and coming to grips with what happens or has happened to him throughout the book.

The writing style of this book was so fluid that it didn’t matter if it went from me chuckling to me almost crying over what was happening to the characters. I don’t want to get to in depth about these characters because a lot happened in the first book and I definitely do not want to spoil it. I can’t believe more people haven’t read this series.  It’s quite amazing judging by just the first book…

goodreads link here.

book blurb…

Hardcover, Edition without dustjacket, 370 pages
Published March 6th 2014 by Jo Fletcher Books (first published February 10th 2014)
Original Title Traitor’s Blade
ISBN 184866379X (ISBN13: 9781848663794)

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…

 

 

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