Review: Traitor’s Blade

Review: Traitor’s BladeTraitor's Blade (Greatcoats, #1) by Sebastien de Castell
Series: Greatcoats #1
Published by Jo Fletcher Books on March 6th 2014
Genres: fantasy
Pages: 370
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed
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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…

My Thoughts:

I haven’t read many fantasy novels so I don’t have much to compare Traitor’s Blade to except a movie I saw called Three Musketeers (2011 film starring Logan Lerman). This book is as action packed and has a better story than that movie did.

Positives:

The Main Character: Falcio is an idealist in a corrupt world.He is a rebel with a cause. He’s idealistic but the way he speaks makes you want to follow him till the end of the world. He was a complex character who you want to learn more about. The scenes in which this idealist dissociates from his identity due to his rage were some of the most dramatic in the novel.

The Flashbacks: The story keeps jumping between what happened in the past and what is currently taking place. The King is one character that made the flashbacks much more interesting than what was actually happening in the present.I kept dreading the fact that soon the flashbacks would come to an end.

The Humor: The way in which the characters manage to make a witty comeback in the worst of times made the novel a delight to read.

The Action (a.k.a Fights lots and lots of fights): You will definitely not be bored while reading this book as it is action packed and full of duels to the death. At one point you might even get fed up of the amount of fights that take place in the novel.

Political Intrigue : The entire political aspect of the novel reminded me a lot of Game of Thrones.Who is the one true heir? Who killed the King and why? What happened to the Greatcoats? The book keeps you on your toes as you don’t know who to trust.

Unpredictable Twists and Turns: Granted, I did manage to predict a lot of twists but there were some that came right out of the left field and I commend the author for it.

Word Building and Fantastical Elements: I liked how there was a mix of historical and the fantastical in the novel. The world was built up through the stories of it’s characters and I didn’t mind that at all.

Negatives

The Pacing: The book starts off brilliantly and follows through but it is close to the end that I started to get a little bored as there seemed to be no end in sight. The action is engaging but the motivation for the fights seems to be getting more absurd as the plot progresses. At one point you start agreeing with Falcio’s sidekicks and urging him to just find something to live for except for just going around finding some helpless individual to help.

Story Structure: This is related to the first negative. The book has a lot of information packed into 370 pages but due to the way it has so much information the reader keeps searching for some sort of endgame. The author seems to revel in making the reader think that what the main characters are doing is ultimately pointless.I for one just hung in there because I became attached to the characters otherwise I might not have continued till the end.

Traitor’s Blade is the first novel in the Greatcoats series and I cannot wait to read more. It does have it’s faults but I enjoyed it a lot and would recommend it to people who love fantasy.The entire novel has this cinematic feel to it as it is packed with political scandals, conspiracy theories, knights,fights,gods and many more fantastical elements that made it an enjoyable read.

Kadbury

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