Traitor's Blade

Traitor's Blade : The Greatcoats Book 1

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'Fantastic from the first sentence to the last . . . These books are the rarest of things, great rollicking fun combined with an emotional punch' - John Gwynne

The Greatcoats - legendary heroes, arbiters of justice . . . or notorious traitors?

The Greatcoats are travelling magistrates bringing justice to all . . . or at least they were, before they watched the Dukes impale their King's head on a spike. Now the land's heroes are reviled as traitors, their Greatcoats in tatters.

Facio, Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as mercenaries, but when they find their employer dead - and are forced to watch as the killer plants evidence framing them for the murder - they realise things are about to get even worse.

For the royal conspiracy that began with overthrowing an idealistic young king is spreading to Rijou, the most corrupt city in the land, and the life of a young girl hangs in the balance.

When every noble is a tyrant and every knight is a thug, the only thing you can really trust is a traitor's blade.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 156 x 240 x 37mm | 836g
  • Jo Fletcher Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • German
  • 184866379X
  • 9781848663794
  • 433,831

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Traitor's Blade delivers on many levels. It was fun, action-packed, had some great characters, and a stellar ending that leaves the reader craving more. * A Bitter Draft * Falcio's story will definitely leave the reader wanting more. * SF Book Reviews * I just read the second book in Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard series and I felt like this book contained almost everything that was fun in Red Seas Under Red Skies but cut out all of the slow stuff. They both had a wonderful adventurous feel but this was far tighter, sleeker and more exciting and was a complete and entire book * A Reading Machine * There is plenty of action and intrigue to satisfy all, political maneuvering is matched by deeds of great heroism, and Falcio's story will definitely leave the reader wanting more. * SF Book * This book is truly brilliant. * Junipers Jungle * Battles with evil dukes, vicious and cruel aristocratic ladies and politics to rival anything GRRM has conceived, this truly is an epic tale * Seans Blog Now * An amazing debut and one of my favourite books of the year. If the quality of the series continues this might just be one of my all-time favorites * Speculative Book Review * Hooked me from the get-go with mystery and the promise of a new fantasy world. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me angry, and it made me so incredibly frustrated - but in a good way! It had so many twists and turns I couldn't even begin to guess what would happen, and I was glued to the book until I found out * Panda Cat Reads * De Castell has produced a wonderfully inventive, thoroughly entertaining story and a fascinating world in which to set it * Nerds of A Feather * Traitor's Blade is a compelling read. The story is complex and with plenty of threads ... The fight scenes are detailed and you almost feel as if you are there, dodging the blades. I really enjoyed this book * Dragons and Fairy Dust * Traitor's Blade is a constant blur of movement and action . . . Full of wit, intrigue, action and violence, it's a wonderful introduction to a new fantasy world and the people that inhabit it. And, from what we see on our first visit, there are plenty of reasons to come back for more * Reader Dad * I laughed and smiled, and felt the tension, and the emotional struggles the characters faced. I let go of myself and really sank into one intensely amazing, incredibly well realized world * Bookworm Blues * Fact is this book is just fun. The witty banter alone makes it worth reading. * Fantasy Review Barn * Had me enthralled, and as I started to write my review I found myself reading huge chunks of it over again. Yep, this is my kind of book * And then I read a Book * An excellent read [with] powerful narrative and many twists and turns . . . takes its place in my top 25 of the year to date * Fantasy Book Critic * I've rarely enjoyed swordplay and fight scenes in a book as much as I enjoyed these . . . Sebastien de Castell's offering up one that's most certainly worth your time * Over the Effing Rainbow * Traitor's Blade is a very polished debut with a solid plot, great characters, a lovely world, and most importantly, it exudes a sense of fun that is infectious ... Traitor's Blade comes highly recommended * A Fantastical Librarian * This is a great book from an equally great writer . . . As long as de Castell keeps writing these books, I will keep reading them * Utter Biblio * I was hooked from page 3 . . . The humor, the swashbuckling, the humor WHILE swashbuckling . . . If you're an action oriented reader like I am this will tickle you pink. 5 Stars * Not Yet Read * Packed with humour, emotion and great character camaraderie . . . Jo Fletcher Books have given the genre a real treat. I want to join the Greatcoats * Parmenion Books * A terrific read. I enjoyed reading it very, very much. A must read! * The Book Plank * The Three Musketers meets Game of Thrones, Traitor's Blade is the most delightful fun . . . marks the perfect start to a swashbuckling adventure series . . . A thoughtful book [that will] remind you that there are a lot of things in this world worth fighting for * fantasy-smorgasbord * Pretty darn awesome * Book Geek Says * One of the best debut novels I've had the pleasure of reading . . . Read this! You'll love it * Drunken Dragon Reviews * Traitor's Blade is not to be missed. It might even be the best debut of 2014. The mesmerising plot and imaginative world, not to mention the awesome characters, will entertain even the most discerning of readers. * Speculating on SpecFic. * 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 * Brilliantly conceived, cleverly executed and a whole bucket of fun, this will be one of the most entertaining novels you read this year * Liz Loves Books * Every so often, a debut novel comes along that knocks your expectations out of the park. Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of those novels. Peter V. Brett's The Painted Man is another. Sebastien de Castell's Traitor's Blade needs to be added to that list. I loved this * Civilian Reader * 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. * The Founding Fields * Sebastien De Castell has firmly planted his name on my radar as one of the best debut Fantasy authors this year ... I enjoyed Traitor's Blade immensely and can't wait for the next book and whatever the author comes up with in the future. Certainly a book that I highly recommend, to anyone! * Draumr Kopa Blog * A page turner in the true sense of the phrase . . . Witty, romantic and atmospheric in the way of great adventure stories, the Greatcoats series looks set to be a thoroughly enjoyable one * British Fantasy Society * If you love adventure, fantasy history, sword fights, nobility, and cutting and dark humor, Traitor's Blade should be right up your alley * Fanboy Comics * Traitor's Blade provides swashbuckling fan service, and has fun along the way, but it also packs a sneaky emotional punch as well. Dumas would be proud. * Pornokitsch * [An] engaging swashbuckling romp driven by elaborate swordplay and Aaron Sorkin-esque speechifying * Starburst Magazine * Don't hesitate to buy this if you love a great hero and story . . . What a voice! What story-telling brio! If you love Dumas, or Game of Thrones or The False Prince this is the swashbuckling fantasy for you. * Amanda Craig, author of Hearts And Minds * High energy, highly unique, swashbuckling-cop-epic-noir story. Buy it. BUY IT NOW. * Sam Sykes, author of The City Stained Red * It made me laugh out loud and it made me shed an occasional tear. It dragged me right in to the world of Tristia. Traitor's Blade is a great book and I'm already looking forward to reading the next in the series * Fantasy Faction * With a tip of his hat at Alexandre Dumas, Sebastien de Castell make a fine first impression in this entertaining debut . . . Traitor's Blade is a bunch of fun from one cover to the other * * Each bloody encounter [is] described with meticulous detail . . . Traitor's Blade is the entertaining story of how the greatcoats rose and fell, and how they could rise again * SFX * An energetic, fun adventure that puts the "musk" back in "musketeer." Guaranteed to increase household swashbuckling by 100%. * Library Journal * Fantastic from the first sentence to the last. Combining old-school swashbuckling action with contemporary characters and a good dose of grit, these books are the rarest of things, great rollicking fun combined with an emotional punch . . . Sebastien, write faster! * John Gwynne, Author of the Faithful and the Fallen * One hell of a good book * Conn Iggulden *
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About Sebastien de Castell

Sebastien de Castell had just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first dig. Four hours later he realised 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. After a year in the Netherlands, he has recently returned to Vancouver, Canada, where he lives with his wife and two belligerent cats.
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Rating details

9,705 ratings
4.07 out of 5 stars
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4 41% (3,997)
3 17% (1,659)
2 4% (364)
1 1% (137)

Our customer reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed Traitor's Blade by Sebastien De Castell. This is the first book I've read of this kind. I've read other fantasy novels but they were vastly different from this one. This book has great action, lovable characters, and mystery with magic woven throughout. One doesn't have to love the genre fantasy in order to take something away from it and enjoy it. Now, get the book and K'hey. Highly recommend to anybody who loves fantasy novels and to those who are on the fence about fantasy more
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