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Traitor's Blade [Format Kindle]

Sebastien de Castell

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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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  • Editeur : Jo Fletcher Books (10 février 2014)
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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.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Traitor's Blade is the book you are looking for, you will read Traitor's Blade. *Jedi mind trick* 15 juillet 2014
Par Tabitha @ Not Yet Read - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
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? Alright - then I'll just lay it all out straight for you. This book had pretty much everything I could possibly want. I was hooked from page 3 for crying out loud. How you might ask? The humor, the swashbuckling, the humor WHILE swashbuckling. As if you needed a definition here's one anyway.

swash·buck·ler (swshbklr, swôsh-) n. 1. A flamboyant swordsman or adventurer.

Watch my feet now, see how I dance?

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 the humor - let me share with you the scene by by page 3 had me completely roped in.

`Let what go, pray tell?' he said. `The fact that you promised me the life of a hero when you tricked me into joining the Greatcoats and instead I find myself impoverished, reviled and forced to take lowly bodyguard work for traveling merchants? Or is it the fact that we're sitting here listening to our gracious benefactor - and I use the term loosely since he has yet to pay us a measly black copper - but that aside, we're listening to him screw some woman for - what? The fifth time since supper? How does that fat slob even keep up? I mean-' ​

`Could be herbs,' Kest interrupted, stretching his muscles out again with the casual grace of a dancer.

`Herbs?'

Kest nodded.

`And what would the so-called "greatest swordsman in the world" know about herbs?'

`An apothecary sold me a concoction a few years ago, supposed to keep your sword-arm strong even when you're half-dead. I used it fighting off half a dozen assassins who we're trying to kill a witness.'

`And did it work?' I asked.

Kest shrugged. `Couldn't really tell. There were only six of them, after all, so it wasn't much of a test. I did have a substantial erection the whole time though.' Pg 2 - 3

But you didn't get just one of these amazing characters - oh no my sweets we get three of them. It reminded me somewhat of The Three Musketeers - which I have loved my whole life ever since I was a child and would prance around the house terrorizing the dog and my sisters with my antics wielding a long wooden spoon or an offending turkey baster - what I'm not ashamed! 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.

I'm sure I dreamed of adventure, sword fighting, magic wielding fantastical creatures even when I was in the womb. So not only did I get this amazing wry humor from this trio but there was a wealth of action, swordplay and intrigue, heart break and heroism. There wasn't as much magic as I had originally anticipated but there was just enough to still lend an edge of the fantastical to it and I didn't feel like it needed anything more than was there. 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!

I got this, let me tell you about this one time...

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. Each time I came across them, which were pretty frequent, they served to hook me deeper and deeper into the story and in love with this author's storytelling method.

The three of us invented `punch-pull-slap' some time ago. One of the things you discover after you've been wounded enough times is that the body only really keeps track of one source of pain at a time. So, for example, if your tooth hurts and someone pokes you in the stomach, your body momentarily forgets about the tooth.

So the way this is supposed to work is like this: Brasti punches me in the face, Kest pulls the arrow out of my leg and then Brasti slaps me so hard my brain never has time to register the bolt and therefore I don't scream at the top of my lungs.

I screamed at the top of my lungs. -pg 30

One second please - I sense a fangirl moment coming on! I feel like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music right now and literally want to sing at the top of my lungs, from a mountaintop, just how much I loved this book. Or wait picture me as a big opera singer shaking the rafters of a roof down upon the heads of the audience. Ok maybe I'm carrying on too much. I have a tendency to go overboard when I really enjoyed a book. Back to why it was so great...

Not only was it humorous but Traitor's Blade was heart-wrenching. As I moved through it gobbling up pages like a crazed junkie on a total book high - all of a sudden the author showed me that he could not only be darkly funny but he could twist and wrench my heart and poke me with ouchie ouchie things beside.

But how did he DO that? Why did do that!? To taste the elixir of my tears!? He was pulling out all the stops. 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. I'm a firm believer in if it can be imagined it can happen. Which makes me cringe all the more. Don't be scared though this acts as the perfect counter balance to the rest of the narrative.

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 like assassins or fey horses or swordplay used to have conversation, or or or FISTICUFFS!! That's right baby you haven't seen fisticuffs til you've seen these fisticuffs. In fact I'd love to pepper this entire review to bursting with quotes so that you can't help but be tempted to read it but then that might spoil your fun. And that wouldn't be very nice of me. So to sum up...

Everything and the kitchen sink!

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 so much more! Alright I'll stop now...

So do you want to learn the first rule of the sword that Traitor's Blade will teach you?

`The first rule of the sword is -'

`-put the pointy end into the other man.' - pg 25
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Lesson In Swordplay 16 juin 2014
Par dbyvr - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Traitor's Blade is a fast, fun read from start to finish. There are obvious comparisons to the Three Musketeers, but I will suggest that there is a greater exploration into the character of the main protagonist, Falcio Val Mond. Falcio is a multilayered hero; there are parts of him you admire, and parts that make you concerned that he'll even survive the first book. One of the great contributions De Castell makes in this first book is the descriptions of swordplay. There is no comparable example in literature that I can recall. He blows even Dumas out of the water here, almost giving you a lesson in fighting skills as you read along. Highly recommended and a great start to the summer reading season!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 One Rollicking Swashbuckling Tale 27 août 2014
Par Maxine McLister - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
All Falcio val Mond ever wanted to be was a Greatcoat, the men who roamed the country enforcing the king's law. Now he has achieved it but there is no king. The Dukes, in their constant petty fights for power, have killed him and the greatcoats have scattered. They are seen by almost everyone as traitors, thieves, and worse. But Falcio refuses to stop wearing his greatcoat or trying to enforce the king's law to protect the common folk even though it almost never ends well. He and his two best friends, Kest and Brasti also Greatcoats, have been reduced to guarding caravans. When the latest rich Caravaner they are supposed to protect is murdered while they are outside completely unaware, they are forced to flee.

They manage to find a spot with a new caravan carrying a spoiled noble woman the Dukes plan to place on the throne as a puppet princess. She is heading for Rijou, the most corrupt city in the empire and on the eve of Ganath Kalila, or Blood Week, seven days in which "there are no rules except one: what you can't hold you don't own". Not surprisingly, the Duke's sychophants use the time to win the Duke's favour by killing those not in the Duke's favour. When one such family is targeted and their home burned with a woman and her children inside, only thirteen-year-old Aline survives. Falcio swears to protect her and likely die in the process for no other reason than she shares his dead wife's name.

Traitor's Blade by author Sebastian de Castell is a kind of hybrid of high and realist fantasy. Falcio and the Greatcoats aspire to be real heroes and to do the right thing against all odds and at great risk to themselves despite the derision most people hold them in. There is some magic in their world but this is a tale more sword than sorcery. Even though pistols exist, swords and crossbows are still the weapons of choice and there is a great deal of swordplay throughout. In fact, if I have any criticism of the book, it is the amount and length of the swordplay but that is a minor criticism.

The story is more character- than plot-driven but fortunately, the good guys are extremely likable and the villains are the kind you like to hate. The world building is interesting and there's plenty of action. It is the first in a series and, as such, much of the book is taken up with the back story and how they got to where they're at. But the thing that sets this book apart and makes it a whole lot of fun to read is the humour which, although it is a bit on the blue side at times, acts as a nice counterpart to all the swordplay and violence. Admittedly, at times the tale is predictable but there are also, at times some real surprises to keep the reader guessing about what comes next.

Lately, fantasy seems to be divided between either grimdark or urban fantasy romance. Traitor's Blade, with its clear ties to high fantasy as well as its obvious nod to classics like The Three Musketeers is a nice change of pace. It is one rollicking, swashbuckling romp and I am really looking forward to the next in the series.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A comically adventurous journey of survival and persistence. With sword fights! 28 juillet 2014
Par TenaciousReader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Traitor’s Blade is a comically adventurous journey of survival and persistence. With sword fights! There is lots of steel on steel action, along with a few bows and axes. I honestly can’t think of much of anyone I would not recommend this one to. Unless they don’t like swords? Or fun? Not sure.

So what’s this book about? The King has assembled a legendary legion of Magisters that travel the land to read the King’s law, rule in disputes, and fight when need be. They even have legendary Greatcoats to help shield and protect them in their trials and travels.

This force of Magisters shares the name ‘Greatcloak’ with the distinctive and highly functional coats they wear. Sounds like quite the life right? Well, except the King is now dead, overthrown and assassinated, the Greatcoats are disbanded and dispersed across the land and labeled traitors. So instead of being revered, they are reviled. The people refer to them as “tatter-cloaks” and other ill terms. People’s opinion of them is so low; it’s pretty much the harshest insult you could throw at someone. And I’m not sure its possible to say tatter-cloak or Trattori (another common slur) without a sneer.

So, how does our protagonist, an overly idealistic, former friend of the King that was once also the first and the leader of the Greatcoats, handle this? Well, maybe not well, but definitely with humor. Lots of humor. I absolutely love Falcio val Mond. He remains insanely loyal to the King he loved and the laws he believes in. He’s just so righteous, it gives ample opportunity for laughs.

The story itself is captivating. With the King disposed of, the power of the land has fallen to the Dukes. And Falcio has managed to find himself in the middle of a deadly conspiracy for power. Hilarity ensues. And once again, sword fights. I’m by no means an expert on sword techniques or dueling, but as a reader, I was impressed by the choreography of the fight scenes.

This is an excellent choice for a lighter read, or a change of pace between grimmer, more serious books. Not to say you shouldn’t take this book seriously, there will just be more fun in reading it. It is thoroughly engaging and amusing from the very first chapter. Not convinced? I noticed there is an excerpt on Tor.com. Go read it and tell me you're not hooked!
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Swashbuckling read, but with some big flaws 8 août 2014
Par Bartimaeus - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Traitor's Blade was a swashbuckling read, albeit with some shortcomings that left me unsatisfied at the end. But first, the good parts:

This was a fast-paced book that sucked me in right from the first page. Falcio makes for a very likeable protagonist, and refreshingly, this is not a black-and-white tale - there are plenty of shades of gray in the story. The witty banter is well balanced with bouts of dark flashbacks, and this makes the story just flow along, inexorably pulling you along for the ride. The author's expertise as a fight choreographer is evident from the many spectacular & unpredictable fight scenes that occur throughout the book.

But alas, it's not all roses. The second half of the story is filled with very random turns of events, much of which I'd term deus ex machina. And the plot ends up being a bit too predictable. The ending felt quite abrupt, and I heavily disagreed with certain plot elements in the latter portions of the book.

Overall, this started out a promising read, but petered out a bit at the end. Nevertheless, I will be watching out for more of the author's books. Plotting can be improved upon, but writing style and ability is something innate, and de Castell has that in spades.
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