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…My thoughts and others reviews:
Fantasy Book Critic:
After an ok'ish start on the light side that gave a taste of the picaresque aspect of the novel, Traitor's Blade started getting darker and more interesting so it quickly pulled me in.and
Highly imaginative world building which has a little "iffiness" factor true as some things happen too quickly and of course our heroes escape quite a few deathly situations in sometimes unlikely waysPica a what? Thank god for wikipedia:
The picaresque novel (Spanish: "picaresca," from "pícaro," for "rogue" or "rascal") is a popular subgenre of prose fiction which might sometimes be satirical and depicts, in realistic and often humorous detail, the adventures of a roguish hero of low social class who lives by his wits in a corrupt society.Ah yes I agree, Pica whatever does describe the novel and yes I was also pulled in. I think "highly imaginative world building" is going a tad far given there wasn't much world building actually going on....plenty of "iffiness" stuff going on though.
Fantasy Review Barn:
The humor is what really makes the early portions of this book shine, but it is not a comedy. It is a swashbuckling adventure story with a pretty good setup. The pacing was damn near perfect, quick moving and tight enough that getting lost would be impossible, yet with a decent amount of depth. I love seeing some attention being paid to setting up the politics of the land, and this is a story where I am just as interested in those chapters set in the past as the current story line.Can't say I was laughing out loud but the humour was ok. Gotta also agree about the pacing and setup. Those two things kept me reading despite the "iffiness".
My whimsical, if dark, adventure story changes at some point in the middle. Gone is a smart ass trying to do good in the big bad world. In is a protagonist with rage issues. And look, he is joined by a torture scene (always good for a laugh, right?), followed by a villain so sure of victory that the monologuing begins (thank you Pixar for that great term). All set in a slightly unbelievable hell week the local Duke is putting a city through. I am not really buying this right now.Heh, Falcio's rage issues for me were his most redeeming quality. Without that he's a pretty dumb dude good at fencing. The monologuing villian was some more "iffiness".
I was utterly fascinated by the female characters in the book. The mysterious Tailor was a very interesting – almost like an oracle of sorts. She knows a lot but instead of imposing her way, she lets others follow their own path. One of my other favourite characters was a remarkable little girl Aline, whose story in the book is very poignant but also uplifting.The Tailor was interesting right up until the end, then I was like WTF?!? I guess one way of surprising people is to write something so nonsensical people just wont be able to guess it..... Fascinated by Aline? Really? Poignant and uplifting? Not the adjectives I'd use. I'm thinking obvious and unrealistic myself.
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>>INSERT GUSHING PRAISE AND BEST READ OF THE YEAR HYPERBOLE HERE<<You'd think from what I've said so far, that I didn't enjoy or like the book. Not so, I did, but I'm also not blind to it's faults, of which there are many IMO. I think the best way for me to describe this book is that it reads like one of your mates is telling you about an adventure he had on a night out or weekend. It's entertaining, fun, full of unbelievable events and a bit sketchy in places or in other words, an entertaining story but one you can't take to seriously.