Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell
Last night before I went to bed, I sat down to read a few pages of Traitor’s Blade, perhaps even a few chapters. Today, I am very tired because I could not put the book down, staying up way past my bedtime and finishing it in one sitting (and immediately texting my nephew in California, telling him he had to read this book!). Castell has put himself on my short list of must read fantasy authors, along such names as George R. R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Butcher and Robin Hobb.
Traitor’s Blade follows the adventures of Falcio val Mond and his companions Brasti and Kest. This group of Trattari, or “tatter-cloaks”, were once members of the legendary “Greatcoats”, who traveled the land enforcing the King’s justice, protecting people from those who would prey upon them. The villainous Dukes overthrew the King and the Greatcoats became the Tattari: branded traitors by nobles and commoners alike. Falcio and his companions are left trying to fulfill a a cryptic mission given to him by the King: find the mysterious Chariotes of the king no matter who or what stands in the way.
This book is pure swashbuckling fun: fast paced, full of action and great fight scenes (Castell has worked as a fight choreographer), truly wicked and scary villains (and some heartbreaking tragedy), tremendously appealing if somewhat damaged protagonists, and most of all (for me) fabulous dialog and humor throughout the book. Did I mention I liked this book? Did I mention you should read it? I did and you should!