Speed Date with Falcio: Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell

Posted 17 July, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Speed Date | 22 Comments

Speed Date with Falcio: Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de CastellTraitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell
Series: Greatcoats #1
Published by Jo Fletcher Books on March 6, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy
Pages: 370

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…

speeddateFIRST DATE: Poor Falcio (and the friends he talked into joining him in this “great adventure”). His king’s dead, his Greatcoats are branded traitors and reviled, and they’re stuck outside “guarding” some fat dude whose smexy time noises are echoing down the hallway…or are those sounds of torture? Ooh, boys. You’d better go check on that. Despite all the framing and torture and fights to the death that happen in the first bit of this book, Falcio holds tight to his morals and ethics (his integrity takes a beating, however). A solid man to have at your back, indeed. Let me buy you a drink, good sir!

SECOND DATE: There is such a thing as holding too tightly to your morals and ethics, especially when it’s about to get you and the people around you killed. Sometimes, you need to cut and run. I mean, your people are in enough trouble as it is. Do we really need to add in some poor little girl who isn’t likely to see the dawn, what with all the people who desperately want her dead (though the reason why’s still a little foggy)? And what’s with the giant Fae horse that could snap off your head with one bite of those ferocious teeth? Yep. Sometimes, it’s better to pack up and leave town. But that’s just not your style is it? You’re a true-blooded, dyed-in-the-wool hero, aren’t you? *swoons* Not many of those left in your world.

THIRD DATE: Falcio, you’ve convinced me that I need more men like you in my life. Not that I’m the key to saving a kingdom or a princess or anything like that. And not that I really need any rescuing, either. However, if I did (or knew someone who did), you and your Greatcoats would be the first people I’d call upon. Still, I’m more than happy to read about your adventures from the comfort and safety of my couch as you and your band of mostly merry men gallivant around the countryside, saving the kingdom. Cheers and here’s to your next adventure! *raises cup of mead*

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  1. I adore you Mary, please don’t ever stop ever stop doing these speed dates. They just make me happy. I think I need more men like Falcio in my life as well, not for rescuing per see, but, um, other things:) Looking forward to reading your thoughts on book two!
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