A Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien De Castell is the first book in the Greatcoats Series. In the vein of The Three Musketeers, this dark tale starts a trio of heroes after their King was overthrown and killed by his own dukes. During the violent coup, his greatest warriors, the Greatcoats, did not fight for him. These traveling warriors, who also were judges that traveled the country dispensing justice, all stood down at the King’s order and did not try to stop the overthrow. The King had a plan that would trigger in the wake of his death. That plan activated with his death and then things went sideways. The populace turned on the Greatcoats and they scattered into hiding and the Dukes seized power over the country and its people.
The story is primarily told from the perspective of Falcio. He is a dark and troubled hero who mourns the past and has lost all hope in the future. He sees the world around him as broken beyond repair. His only goal is to die doing something good.
He is joined in this quest, if you will, by his trusted allies Kest and Brasti. Kest is a man who has been a friend since childhood. A grim and bitter man who is an excellent swordsman and a worthy companion. Also there is the master archer, Brasti, who is a womanizer of epic proportions. As I explained, this is basically the three musketeers in a different format.
The story skips around chronologically split between stories from the past and the present. Even the more linear portions have a lot of twists and turns. A Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien De Castell is a grim tale not for everyone, but, I enjoyed it a lot.
A Traitor’s Blade
Sebastien De Castell
Joe Fletcher Books
Hardback (also available in audio, digital, and paperback formats)
Material was supplied by the Park Forest Branch of the Dallas Public Library System.
Kevin R. Tipple ©2020