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Traitor's Blade

Traitor's Blade

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by Sebastien de Castell

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With swashbuckling action that recall Dumas' Three Musketeers Sebastien de Castell has created a dynamic new fantasy series. In Traitor's Blade a disgraced swordsman struggles to redeem himself by protecting a young girl caught in the web of a royal conspiracy.

The King is dead, the Greatcoats have been disbanded, and Falcio Val Mond and his


With swashbuckling action that recall Dumas' Three Musketeers Sebastien de Castell has created a dynamic new fantasy series. In Traitor's Blade a disgraced swordsman struggles to redeem himself by protecting a young girl caught in the web of a royal conspiracy.

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.

Editorial Reviews

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Best Debut of 2014"

A terrific read. I enjoyed reading it very, very much. Sebastien de Castell directly places himself upfront to many of my favorite authors."—The Book Plank"

Traitor's Blade is the first 'new' fantasy of 2014 that met and even exceeded my expectations."—Fantasy Book Critic"

If this isn't your most anticipated debut novel of 2014, then you're doing it wrong. Traitor's Blade may well end up going down as one of the strongest first fantasy novels of recent times—it's an absolute stunner that you can't afford to miss."—Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields"

Traitor's Blade never falters, with writing as smooth and decisive as a rapier's swish through the air and a story as passionate as life itself. I can't wait to read more about these wonderful characters. Highly recommended!"—Julie E. Czerneda, author of A Turn of Light"

In short, I loved loved loved Traitor's Blade. I would recommend it to everyone... Seriously, this is one excellent and remarkably entertaining book! Read it."—BiblioSanctum"

Like a master-crafted rapier, Traitor's Blade is perfectly-balanced, sharp and to the point. Very highly recommended, this is a must read."—Civilian Reader"

Some books you can't put down. This one won't even let you try; it whirls you along in a wild dance of fights, treachery, and jaw-dropping surprises."—Dave Duncan, author of King of Swords"

In Traitor's Blade, Sebastien de Castell combines the best of Joe Abercrombie and Alexandre Dumas. He can break your heart and spike your adrenaline with the same sentence. Riveting."—Violette Malan, author of Path of the Sun and The Storm Witch

Library Journal
★ 06/15/2014
The Greatcoats were once the king's elite magistrates, traveling the realm administering justice. But the dukes overthrew the king and the Greatcoats were scattered and disgraced. Falcio, Kesti, and Brasti have gotten work with a caravan and are reviled both by the caravaners and by the local populace who see them as remnants of the losing side (and cowards who stood aside when the king was toppled). The trio are drawn into the vicious politics of a local duke when they rescue Aline, a young woman whose family was put to death. They will try to protect her while searching for a way to bring law back to the land and complete the final mission of their doomed leader. VERDICT This debut is a triumph of character, with every protagonist a fascination, especially Falcio, a tormented and ridiculously honorable man. Humor abounds, mostly in the sparkling dialog among our Three Musketeers-esque band of brothers, in this swashbuckling series launch that shows huge potential.

Product Details

Publication date:
Greatcoats Series, #1
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Sebastien de Castell had just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first job. Four hours later he realized how much he 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. These interests and experiences provided fodder for his burgeoning writing career. He lives in Vancouver, Canada, with his wife. He now lives in Vancouver, where he is director of strategic program development at the Vancouver Film School.

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Traitor's Blade 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
Falcio has always known he wanted to be a Greatcoat since he heard the stories of them. When his close friend the King is killed and the Greatcoats disbanded Falcio is trying to earn a living and make the Greatcoats what they used to be. Its not an easy job since everyone thinks they stepped aside and left their king be killed. They are now called cowards and their nickname is Trattari.  When their current employer is found dead and evidence point to the Falcio and his friends they know its time to run. They end up in the employ of a travelling Caravan and are taxed with keeping the Caravan safe and get the Lady who employs them to her father. What they don't know is that this job could very well be their last unless they can survive the murder attempts at every corner!!  Well all I can say is Wow. This book was nothing like I expected. It reminded me of watching The Three Musketeers. Swashbuckling adventure, sword fights and witty banter galore!! If you are expecting a serious story then think again, this had me laughing and spluttering but it also pulled at the heart strings. Falcio was one of the best main characters I've read in a long time. His king gave him a chore before he died and since then Falcio is trying to find the Kings treasure that he scattered around. Thing is though they have no clue what the treasure is, only a cryptic clue from the king to say they will know it when they see it. Falcios dream was always to be a Greatcoat. They are the epitome of heroes (or they were anyway!). He is strong, sure, idealistic, confidant and kind but sometimes lets his head rule which at times can lead him and his companions into dangerous situations. The style of writing was superb. Told from Falcios point of view but set between past and present, we are given glimpses of Falcios life and slowly the story unravels. The plot is also handled superbly. While somethings I could guess at there was a lot that when revealed was breathtaking. There are no loose ends, even though its the first in the series, and sets the stage nicely for book 2.  From the very start we are swept into Falcios story and carried on a magnificent journey. From boy to man and man to Greatcoat Falcios life is never easy. With his trusty companions, Kest and Brasti, all three manage to get into trouble at every turn, but with a master swordsman, Kest, and a bowman that never misses, Brasti, they manage to muddle through. Its an action packed, edge of your seat type of book. With plenty of twists and turns and a plot that keeps you guessing till the very end, this book is one of the best debuts I've EVER read. I flew through Traitors Blade and when I got to the end I wanted book 2 there and then. Its a funny and lighthearted book but its packed with betrayal, action, vivid fight scenes, mystery and all the swashbuckleness you could ever want in a book, throw in 3 dashing men and you have a winner!! I don't know what else to say really because I could gush about this book all day but I think the only thing to say is go buy this book, you seriously wont be disappointed. Highly recommend!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this story immensely. Intelligent, excellent pacing, plain fun to read.
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Danielle Hoots More than 1 year ago
A mix of The Princess Bride, Three Musketeers, and Brother’s Grimm, Sebastien De Castell’s Traitor’s Blade has everything you want in an epic fantasy. From swashbuckling action, to magic, to romance, and with Brasti’s crazy archery skills, I enjoyed every moment while reading this novel. Following Falcio val Mond, First Cantor of the Greatcoats, those who uphold the King’s Law, we are taken on a journey to finish the secret set of instruction each Greatcoat received before the King’s death. Hated and feared throughout the land, Falcio and his friends find themselves in trouble more often than not. Between fighting their enemies, no one wanting to help them, being betrayed, and wanting to help a young girl from being assassinated, Falcio and his friends must keep to the promise to the king and uphold his law in everything they do. And as any awesome hero, Falcio and his crew all have long coats that they never take off…. Full of pockets for weapons, lined with bone to deflect arrows and maybe even bullets, these coats are anything but a fashion statement. I enjoyed the creativity given to this article of clothing and the creativity De Castell had in the songs he created for the Greatcoats to give to the people to remember the King’s laws. It reminded me of the Dwarves in The Hobbit. I also enjoyed the relationship the three main characters had. You could feel the chemistry they had together starting on the first page, and know that even though they weren’t related, they were like family. Each character had their own unique voice and I easily fell in love with them all and wanted to know where the characters were going and how it would all play out. And what is the first rule of sword fighting? “Put the pointy end into the other man”. De Castell has a great sense of humor in this novel, yet still keeping the story serious and to the point. Maintaining that sort of comedy without seeming silly or out of place is a hard thing to do, but De Castell nailed it. The only problem I had was I wanted to know why Falcio loved his wife so much. We didn’t get to know her very well and I want to know what she was like to make Falcio so crazy for her. All in all, I give this novel a 5/5. It rarely slowed down and I never got bored. I can’t wait for the next book in the series and I hope you all get a chance to read it. Review originally posted on A Bibliophile's Reverie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic swashbuckling fantasy tale reminiscent of The Three Musketeers, but with all the snark of The Lies of Locke Lamorra. De Castell's writing also lacks any of the imperious self-importance you see in a lot of fantasy stories that are trying to be the next great epic. Falcio makes a great narrator, and de Castell obviously has some experience with fencing, because rather than having Falcio show off in each fight, he explains his movements and strategies. My only regret is that we never really get to see Kest fight.
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TabithaJ More than 1 year ago
Let’s start this off with a little Jedi mind trick hypnotic suggestions shall we? Traitor’s Blade is the book you are looking for, you will read Traitor’s Blade. *waves book in front of your face* Not convinced? - Swashbuckling! There was a constant flow from one scene to the next such that I never had a chance to get even remotely bored. If you’re an action oriented reader like I am this will tickle you pink. Don’t get me wrong there is still plenty of room that was given over to world building and character development and we even saw flashbacks into the past. The story is told from the perspective of Falcio Val Mond, the First Cantor of the Greatcoats (i.e. leader of the disbanded King’s magistrates that previously used to uphold the law throughout the kingdom). So when we get these flashbacks they are of his past, how he came to be a Greatcoat as well as his interactions with his now deceased king. I can freely admit that I fell more than a little bit in love with Falcio. Indeed I even told my husband one night while reading in bed and petting the gorgeous blood red cover “I think I’ve fallen in love with somebody else…and he has a longer sword than yours…and pointy-er too.” To which he promptly looked at me with a long suffering smirk and said “You’re so messed up.” But you didn’t get just one of these amazing characters – you get 3. It reminded me of The Three Musketeers – which I have loved my whole life since I was a child. The way these three characters, Falcio, Kest and Brasti interacted will immediately reel you in. They just can’t seem to stop snarking at each other and it left me with a perpetual smirk on my face. While this is sword and sorcery fiction, it’s lighter on the sorcery and heavy on the sword. But even you die hard magic fans won’t mind even a bit. To put it mildly – *hums* this book was made for me and you! Throughout Traitor’s Blade I would see hilarious little bits thrown in that I’m sure might be part of any adventurer’s life but here they are given to us in a style and method fitting to the style of the book. These snippets detail just how crazy the lives of the Greatcoats can be. Excellent world building, evil nobility – I gotta give it to him he can write some nasty villains. The setting is a kingdom that has five years past lost their king. The only good king in over a hundred years who cared for his people down to the lowest serf. But the nobles would have none of that. I doubt there was one good noble depicted in this book. The depths of depravity that these people went to just curdles your stomach. So, then when my heart strings and the power of my righteous anger were done being toyed with, at any given time another marvelous thing would be thrown at me. Swordfighting, archery (come on who doesn’t love a good bit of archery?) assassins, heroes in disgrace, humor, berserker mode, amazing world building, fey horses, hidden jewels (wink wink, nudge nudge), heart break, revenge, fisticuffs, ass kickery, snark, Saints with names like “Saint Zaghev-who-sings-for-tears" and “Saint Caveil-whose-blade-cuts-water, the bloody-faced Saint of Swords” and more.
Tahniask More than 1 year ago
You have GOT to be joking!  The hardback is $20.24 and the Nook book is $26.99?????  NO WAY I'm paying more for an ebook than a hardback!