Saint’s Blood, by Sebastien De Castell

5 Greatcoats do not kneel stars!!

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Saint's Blood (Greatcoats, #3)

Paperback, 587 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Jo Fletcher Books (first published April 7th 2016)
Original Title
Saint’s Blood
ISBN
1681444879 (ISBN13: 9781681444871)

The Greatcoats are back–and this time it’s personal.

How do you kill a Saint? Falcio, Kest, and Brasti are about to find out, because someone has figured out a way to do it and they’ve started with a friend.

The Dukes were already looking for ways out of their agreement to put Aline on the throne, but with the Saints turning up dead, rumors are spreading that the Gods themselves oppose her ascension.

Now churches are looking to protect themselves by bringing back the military orders of religious soldiers, assassins, and (especially) Inquisitors – a move that could turn the country into a theocracy.

The only way Falcio can put a stop to it is by finding the murderer. He has only one clue: a terrifying iron mask which makes the Saints vulnerable by driving them mad. But even if he can find the killer, he’ll still have to face him in battle.

And that may be a duel that no swordsman, no matter how skilled, can hope to win.

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My Review…

I cannot get enough of the Greatcoats and these stories.  Every time I open one of these books it feels like I’m coming home.  The plot is amazing and the characterizations are beyond amazing.  I know Falcio is supposed to be the favorite at least I think he is but honestly I think Brasti is mine.  While he comes off as the funny guy and always laid back you know he’s just so much more than that.  He has to be the class clown so that everyone has a moment of peace here or there so that not everything is so heavy all the time.  Kest is a really strong character especially in the previous books but in this one he was struggling and to be honest they should all be struggling by book three.  If they weren’t they would be inhuman, and I think the fact that they struggle so much in each book makes them so much more relatable.  Falcio seems to be really struggling in book three, with everything.  Fighting, love, letting go of the fact they everyone is growing up.

“Is he losing it again” Brasti asked.

“Leave him be,” Kest replied. “He’s sorting something out.”

“Well, Falcio sorting something out looks a lot like an old drunk trying to remember where he left his cup.”

 

I adored watching Aline coming into her own in this book.  The women have always been very strong characters in these books never ones to shy away from a fight or stand up for them.  However watching her grow up in this book was really great, I especially enjoyed the parts where she put the Greatcoats in their places too.  What she does with the Greatcoats in this book is really amazing, and how they “announce” themselves later is quite spectacular.

I know these books can’t happen without a little torture, drama, and pain.  However the pain in the book really hit me in the feels this time and some losses I just don’t think I will be able to get past.  I’m not sure what people don’t read the acknowledgements in the backs of books I always do, if you do in this book you will get an extra special treat at the end.  Don’t spoil it for yourself and read the end first! Wait and read it last!!

I really can’t get enough of these three guys and the family circle they have been slowly creating since book one.  I love their rowdiness and unwillingness to give up.  The love they have for the little guy and hate they have for magic.. or is that just Falcio.  This author has a way of writing that just sucks you right in and can make you laugh out loud at random moments while reading.

 

“No,” Kest said. “Everything has changed.”

“How?” Brasti asked.

“Look at Falcio’s face.”

Brasti stared at me. “What about it? He just looks drunk and confused… Oh –you mean he has a plan now.”

 

There are also other moments that can just shatter your heart.  I won’t share those though because they might be huge spoilers for the series so you will just have to read it!!

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About the Author…

Sebastien de CastellAs to who I am? Well . . .

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’s acclaimed swashbuckling fantasy series, The Greatcoats. was shortlisted for both the 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy. the Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Debut, the Prix Imaginales for Best Foreign Work, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His YA fantasy series, Spellslinger, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and is published in more than a dozen languages.

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