Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell (Greatcoats #1)
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: lots and lots of wine. continuing o the star wars watch. we just finished return of the jedi
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…
Drunk Overview: so this is like three musketeers if they were defamed and outlawed. So the three of them were magistrates (or Greatcoats) of the king, who was overthrown by the dukes, and killed. As part of not coming to the king’s defense, they were given a pardon, but that means that they have to scrape for work because they’re traitors. The three of them end up as “security” for this caravan and misunderstandings and pride get in the way and things go from there.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: This was AMAZING. I cannot wait for more. I will say it’s been a bit since i’ve read this so you’re gonna get bullets.
- Falacio has such an unfortunate name, but he’s my sweet son. He really only wants to do what’s best and what’s honorable. Which gets him into a fuck ton of trouble
- I really REALLY hate the villain in this. Like… what a villain.
- My kids the archer and the swordsman are like… the best.
- The plot confuses me at points. I think it’s going to be one thing but it’s really not. I think it’s going to be redemption after they’ve been defamed, but it’s saving this preteen from The Purge?
- So, the Tailor… she reminds me a lot of Rafiki in the best way. Knows all the things and does it in a hilarious way.
- I listened on audio and the narrator did a great job of describing the fight scenes, usually things i read but more glance through.
- I will say it took em a mintue to care. Like, because i was expecting the story to go one way, but instead took this seemingly side path, i was like “ok get to the meat” not realizing that it was the meat… if that makes any sense at all.
- I LOVE MY NEW SONS. I have a lot of fictional children, and they’re additions to them.
- Also trigger warnings for blood, death of a loved one, death of a spouse, and animal cruelty
What to pair it with: this is red wine. one thousand percent
Rating: 4.5/5 shots
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,