Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell

I loved Traitor’s Blade – I read it in a day and a half and just ignored people and didn’t socialise until I’d finished!  I literally picked up a copy of this book ages ago and I have no idea what kept me from picking it up – other than that strange thing that sometimes occurs when everyone seems to love a book and it almost makes me nervous to read it – foolish really.

Anyway, Traitor’s Blade.  Being so late to this story I’m sure I don’t need to elaborate too much on what really takes place.  We basically follow the exploits of Falcio and his two companions Kest and Brasti.  All his life Falcio dreamt of becoming a member of the famed Greatcoats, unfortunately not long after his dream became reality the King that he served was executed and the Greatcoats named traitors.  They’re now spread throughout the kingdom, some have been murdered, others turned against their ideals and become bandits.  This is a terrible turn of events given that the Greatcoats used to formerly dispense justice throughout the kingdom.

At the start of the story Falcio and his two merry men are thrown into the middle of a tricky situation – one that is going to cause them some serious bother.  As a result they need a quick exit out of town and without directly wishing to become engaged in work accompanying a caravan that’s exactly what happens.  I’m really not going to go into the plot furher as it really isn’t necessary.  It’s a very engaging story, I think if you read a lot of fantasy it won’t particularly astound you with anything particularly new in that area but be prepared to be bowled over nonetheless.  This is a romping, swashbucking story packed with swordplay and bursting with fun.

I really liked Falcio.  He has a dark story of loss that will slowly be revealed during the course of the early chapters and yet in spite of his pain he still retains this wonderful way of believing in things – I’m sure that if he was told to clap his hands quickly and say ‘I do believe in fairies’ he would.  The only thing he now has left is the mission he was given by his King before he was executed.  It’s a strange mission and not even Falcio understands the true meaning.  I think what makes him stand out as a character is he makes a great leader and this isn’t because he’s the best at everything – as Kest is clearly a better swordsman and Brasti is a better archer – what puts Falcio above the rest is his ability to think on his feet, under stress, to come up with the oddest strategies to get him out of a fix and to basically talk people into an all out muddle to distract them.

Kest and Brasti also make good companions and although they don’t get as much time as Falcio I liked both of them.

There’s plenty of action – in fact we pretty much bowl from one situation to the next in quick succession, there’s an underhanded plot, a tad of magic and a rather nasty character who you’ll have no trouble hating.  Undoubtedly though, for me, the dialogue and the sense of fun throughout the book are what won me over.  Which isn’t to say this is a comedy – just that it’s not afraid to poke fun and come up with some cheeky banter that will simply make you giggle.

I have no hesitation in recommending this book – although I’m not sure who to as I think I’m quite possible the last one to read it.  The good news, book two is out and I have a copy already lined up!

A wonderfully entertaining read.

I’m submitting this for one of my reads for Stainless Steel Droppings Once Upon a Time event and my Backlist Burndown book over at Tenacious Reads – (Sorry, bit late with this one!)

25 Responses to “Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell”

  1. lipsyy

    It always takes me longer to get to books which come highly recommended, not sure if it’s because I’m worried it won’t live up to it or that I’m just clinging on to the rebellious teenager within, lol!

    This sounds like a good read. So I probably won’t read it. 😉

    • lynnsbooks

      Hahaha – I love it. But then – look – I’ve only just read it myself. Would it help if I tell you there’s a unicorn??
      Lynn 😀

      • lipsyy

        haha without doubt! 😉

      • lynnsbooks

        In that case there’s a pink unicorn that can fly, talk and tap dance.

      • lipsyy

        Hmm I wonder why I don’t believe you…

      • lynnsbooks

        *innocent face*

  2. Bookwraiths

    Glad you enjoyed this one. Here is going book two is just as good. 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, book two is getting good reviews so I’m going to get to it pretty quickly I think – I like it when I don’t have a long wait and the characters are still fresh.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Nathan

    Had my issues with it but found it enjoyable overall. For the most part I found book two to be better, though it doesn’t have some of the wit the early going of Traitor’s Blade did.

    • lynnsbooks

      Well, it’s great to know that book 2 is even better – I saw your review and was really pleased at the time to think that this is going to get even better. I don’t mind the wit lessening in the next book – I think that sometimes the first book in a series has an easier going nature – like Fellowship of the Ring.

      Lynn 😀

  4. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who’s late to read this one *raises hand* 😦 Feel like I’m missing out on all the awesome swashbuckling!

    • lynnsbooks

      Haha – nice to not be on my own but, yes, you are missing out – get on and pick a copy of this up – I don’t think you’ll regret it, I certainly didn’t.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Danya @ Fine Print

    Oooh those “read it in a day” books are the best. It doesn’t surprise me that you really loved the dialogue and fun humour, because I remember a few reviews saying that those areas are where the book shines! This series sounds like a lot of fun, but I think I’ll await your verdict on book 2 before I commit to reading it. 😉

    • lynnsbooks

      I think you’ll like it but it’s always a good idea to see how the next in series goes – I”m always doing that these days – well, what are good blogging buddies for really?? This is a fun book although Nathan says book 2 is not quite as full of humour as the first so we’ll see. I don’t mind the series getting progressively darker – it happens a lot with series, such as LoTR or HP.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Yep, I pretty much started this book and then ignored the whole world until I was finished as well, good way to describe the experience! This was one of my top books of the year when it came out. Love it to bits.

    • lynnsbooks

      And now I can start No.2 and everything will be fresh in my mind!
      Lynn 😀

  7. jessicabookworm

    Sounds fun, makes me think of The Three Musketeers in a fantasy world 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      It was fun and it did put me in minds of a number of things – whilst not being really like them at all! (If that makes sense). The Three Musketeers, rolled up with The Princess Bride and well, a number of others books. I think you would definitely like this fantasy world.
      Lynn 😀

  8. jenclair

    🙂 Hard to resist action, humor, and great dialogue! Will be looking for this one!

    • lynnsbooks

      It is such a good read, I really enjoyed it and I’m going to head straight into number 2.
      Lynn 😀

  9. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I’ve been aware of this title for some time now, and I’ve always read glowing reviews like yours, so I don’t understand why I still have to pick it up and *read* it! So thank you for the reminder: the book will be moved up in the queue because your review was the catalyst I needed 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Excellent! I’m just the same leaving it this long – we’re both rebels, lol!
      I hope you pick it up, it’s really nice to read such a fun fantasy.
      Lynn 😀

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