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With swashbuckling action that recalls Dumas's Three Musketeers, Sebastien de Castell has created a dynamic new fantasy series. In Traitor's Blade, a disgraced swordsman struggles to redeem himself by protecting a young girl caught in the web of a royal conspiracy.

The King is dead, the Greatcoats have been disbanded, and Falcio Val Mond and his fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as bodyguards for a nobleman who refuses to pay them. Things could be worse, of course. Their employer could be lying dead on the floor while they are forced to watch the killer plant evidence framing them for the murder. Oh wait, that's exactly what's happening.

Now a royal conspiracy is about to unfold in the most corrupt city in the world. A carefully orchestrated series of murders that began with the overthrow of an idealistic young king will end with the death of an orphaned girl and the ruin of everything that Falcio, Kest, and Brasti have fought for. But if the trio want to foil the conspiracy, save the girl, and reunite the Greatcoats, they'll have to do it with nothing but the tattered coats on their backs and the swords in their hands, because these days every noble is a tyrant, every knight is a thug, and the only thing you can really trust is a traitor's blade.

©2014 Sebastien de Castell (P)2017 Tantor

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Fun Adventure Fantasy

There are certain things I like in a fantasy series. Good world building, fleshed out characters, plots and subplots, and an overall goal to the story. Traitor's Blade really doesn't have any of these things. The world is a vague European kings and queens type setting, the overall goal of the series is not really defined, and besides the main hero of the story, Falcio Val Mond, and perhaps his two best friends Kest and Brasti, the other characters in the book are pretty one dimensional.

Despite this, Traitor's Blade worked for me. Perhaps because of the other traits of second rate fantasy books not included. There is no poor child who awakens to a great magical power. No ridiculous evil force to recon with. No gathering of just the right tropes to set out upon a quest to find the magical relic that will save the world. No, Traitor's Blade is a pretty straight forward story about Falcio and his friends, former Greatcoats, the men founded to ride out into the country and distribute justice on behalf of the king. When the king is killed the greatcoats are disbanded leaving Falcio, Kest, and Brasti, without meaning to their world. The story follows the men on their journey to discover what comes next.

Traitor's Blade is not a deep fantasy book, nor is it a second rate clone. Traitor's Blade is a simple but fun story that is a good listen when you need something easier and just plain enjoyable. The story has humor and leads you on an adventure the likes of the Three Musketeers or similar stories. The narration from Joe Jameson was perfect for this story. I am looking forward to listening to the other books in the series.

89 of 91 people found this review helpful

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The King!

The backstories were my favorite part, especially when they involved the king. He always exceeded my expectations of a character in his position/ role. I would love to read a whole novel about the back story, but I'm not sure if it would work.
besides that, the narrator was awesome and I think I would have regreted reading this book myself instead of listening to the audiobook. the characters came alive through the his voice.
I look forward to listening to the sequal.

34 of 35 people found this review helpful

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A true, refreshing delight in the fantasy genre

Looking for a break in the fantasy genre from heroes facing a mindless horde of demons or throng of orc type creatures? Want something with a brain. a heart, and brings the fun? This is the book for you.

28 of 29 people found this review helpful

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Witty....

The banter between the three main characters is quite enjoyable.

The dialogue is what really makes the book.

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  • Daniel
  • Falls Church, VA, United States
  • 12-30-17

Great fantasy novel!

I've waited for this book to be released in audio form for the last few years. I bought it the day it was released and it did not disappoint. It was my favorite fantasy novel I have read or listened to this year. It's not a perfect book, but it is a good fantasy novel for anyone who likes the fantasy genre.

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Pure Joy...

Traitor's Blade is an amazing read. It has a fun story filled with great dialogue. I read it before the audio book and loved it so much that I just had to get the audio to go with it and relive the adventure.

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Fun story!

Great book. The story is quick, fun and has some twists. The twist aren't all that great and some of them are pretty easy to guess, but it doesn't really hurt the story. Narrator is fantastic!!

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good story but terribly written female characters

the story is good and the Male characters all have wonderful banter and dialogue. the ending was visible about 7 chapters from the end, but still entertaining.

now to get to the terribly written female characters and not entirely disguised sexism. none of the female characters are real people - instead of witty banter they whine and react to male characters most of the book. they are often the "pedestal" figures, filling the roles of villain, heroine, virgin or whore as the plot needs them to. the Tailor even acts as a sort of God figure. but as humans? not even represented a little bit.

it would behoove the author to figure out that women are not different in depth or quality of character than men, and strive to include one or two amongst his swath of intricate and flawed Male characters.

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Not overly original, but it was enjoyable

I had been begging for books in the fantasy genre that wasn't populated with weak women characters and inhumanly overpowered heroes. I certainly got it. The 3 Musketeers vibe is probably intentional and obvious throughout. The characters besides the main character aren't overly fleshed out. One is the greatest swordsman walking the planet. One is the greatest bowman to walk the planet, and for some reason, they follow the main hero...who is...The greatest idealist on the planet perhaps?

The motivations of the main characters don't really seem to make sense. The motivations of the baddies don't always make sense either. There is a point at the very beginning of the book which involves a major baddie and the trio. The repercussions of their meeting is never really fleshed out, and the point of the entire meeting ends up making no sense by the end of the book, if you think back to it, except to introduce the characters and the baddie. Also, the meeting makes no sense in regards to the how the baddie fits into the rest of the story. Best not to think too hard on it.

The author doesn't ever explain magic in the land and how it works, except to introduce it when magic makes things more difficult for the heroes. The main character does often comment on how much he detests magic.

I suppose the story is about the relationship between the three friends. The banter between the three is almost always enjoyable. Through thick and thin the trio is always side by side and ready to die for one another...which they will never do, because...plot armor.The series introduces gods and saints at some point. I was half expecting the saint of impossible luck to make himself known a couple of times. He did not.

The author introduces certain aspects of the main character...then disposes of them. Specifically, there is a point where the author writes a fight scene in which the main character goes full berserker on an opponent. He doesn't describe the fight. He just blacks the main character out, and when he comes to his senses, his opponent was dead. This happens on some level a couple of times throughout the story, but then author backtracks completely and has the character denying this weird ability to another character...After the denial, it never comes up again. I was left thinking, "Why the hell was it introduced in the first place?"

I appreciate that the women in de Castell's stories aren't helpless maidens. For the most part, they aren't petulant, or a "Mary Sue" type character. None of them are deeply fleshed out characters, but they are fairly balanced. They are all flawed on some level and strong on others. I had almost written off fantasy novels completely after a string of books where the female characters were so poorly written as to be offensive. This book series helped to restore my faith in the genre.

I ended up listening to all of the books in the series. It wasn't groundbreaking, or even great. It was good. It was an enjoyable way to pass time while doing mindless work. I will not miss the characters now that their story is ended, but I did enjoy my time with them.

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Deus Machina was on sale

This is just bad writing. The story was good. The descriptions of sword fights were descriptive and entertaining. But the writing completely laced foreshadowing. “New problem or villain, well I have this maguffin in my coat that will fix just that!” Poor writing.

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