Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell - One of the best fantasy debuts I have read! @decastell @fitzchivalry_ @jofletcherbooks
First I must say I want to be a Greatcoat and that I became engrossed in this book much to the annoyance of my family! The author served a master class in sword fighting skills like no other author I have read before, I came away from this book believing that I am now an expert swordsman!
Falcio is the hero we all would love to be, there is a master archer called Brasti (who never misses - he would tell you this himself, the modest man that he is!) and there is Kest who is the best swordsman in the Land having never lost a duel, apart from to Falcio, who likes to dwell on this. These three are Greatcoats, there were 144 of them before the King was killed. Now they are spread out and finding work, just to survive. The story goes from opening with our 3 Greatcoats acting as security for Lord Tremondi but in the first chapter he is murdered by a woman. And that is all I am going to reveal as everything is connected in this story and leads to a fantastic conclusion but does lead to a sequel. The story has surprises all over the place and will keep you turning the pages until you get to the end; much so that I had to finish it over a few days as I kept on thinking "Oh yes, now that makes sense!".
Sebastien de Castell is a brilliant story teller. This book reminded me of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie; high praise you may think but once you read this book, you will agree with me.
I have no fear in giving this my highest marks:
10 out of 10
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