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Sebastien de Castell is the author of the acclaimed fantasy series, The Greatcoats.
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Sebastien de Castell is the Gemmell and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of the acclaimed swashbuckling fantasy series, The Greatcoats. Visit him at www.decastell.com
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Sebastien de Castell is the author of the acclaimed swashbuckling fantasy series, The Greatcoats. His debut novel, Traitor’s Blade, was shortlisted for both the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy and the Gemmell Morningstar Award. He spends his time writing, travelling, and going on adventures. Visit him at www.decastell.com
Sebastien de Castell had just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first dig. Four hours later he realized how much he actually hated archaeology and left to pursue a very focused career as a musician, ombudsman, interaction designer, fight choreographer, teacher, project manager, actor, and product strategist. His only defence against the charge of unbridled dilettantism is that he genuinely likes doing these things and that, in one way or another, each of these fields plays a role in his writing. He sternly resists the accusation of being a Renaissance Man in the hopes that more people will label him that way.
Sebastien is the author of the acclaimed swashbuckling fantasy series, The Greatcoats. His debut novel, Traitor’s Blade, was shortlisted for both the 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy and the Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Debut. He lives in Vancouver, Canada with his lovely wife and two belligerent cats.
You can reach him at www.decastell.com
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I do a lot of travelling, usually wearing the same clothes I’ve owned for around 20 years…
The Greatcoats: legendary heroes, arbiters of justice . . . notorious traitors?
The King is dead, the Greatcoats have been disbanded and Falcio Val Mond and fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as bodyguards for a nobleman who refuses to pay them. Things could be worse – their employer could be lying dead on the floor while the three of them are forced to watch as the killer plants evidence framing them for the murder. Oh wait, that’s exactly what’s happening . . .
A royal conspiracy is about to unfold in the most corrupt city in the world and it could mean the ruin of everything Falcio, Kest and Brasti have fought for. If the trio want to unwind the conspiracy, save the innocents and reunite the Greatcoats, they’ll have to do it with nothing but the tattered leather 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.
Greatcoats 3: Saint's Blood
How do you kill a Saint?
Falcio, Kest, and Brasti are about to find out, because someone has figured out a way to do it and they’ve started with a friend.
The Dukes were already looking for ways out of their agreement to put Aline on the throne, but with the Saints turning up dead, rumours are spreading that the Gods themselves oppose her ascension. Now churches are looking to protect themselves by bringing back the military orders of religious soldiers, assassins, and (especially) Inquisitors – a move that could turn the country into a theocracy. The only way Falcio can put a stop to it is by finding the murderer. He has only one clue: a terrifying iron mask which makes the Saints vulnerable by driving them mad. But even if he can find the killer, he’ll still have to face him in battle.
And that may be a duel that no swordsman, no matter how skilled, can hope to win.
Copy of Knight's Shadow
The Greatcoats must protect the heir to the throne at any cost, but as Tristia becomes ever more corrupt, maintaining justice – and the King’s dream – might cost them everything.
Tristia is a nation overcome by intrigue and corruption. The idealistic young King Paelis is dead and the Greatcoats – legendary travelling magistrates who brought justice to the Kingdom – have been branded as traitors. But just before his head was impaled on a spike, the King swore each of his hundred and forty-four Greatcoats to a different mission.
Falcio Val Mond, First Cantor, with the help of fellow Greatcoats Kest and Brasti, has completed his King’s final task: he has found his Charoites – well, one at least, and she was not quite what they expected. Now they must protect the girl from the many who would see her dead, and place her on the throne of a lawless kingdom. That would be simple enough, if it weren’t for the Daishini, an equally legendary band of assassins, getting in their way, not to forget the Dukes who are determined to hold on to their fractured Kingdoms, or the fact that the heir to the throne is only thirteen years old. Oh, and the poison that is slowly killing Falcio.
That’s not even mentioning the Greatcoat’s Lament…
The final fate of the Greatcoats is at hand! Falcio val Mond, First Cantor of the Greatcoats, is on the brink of fulfilling his dead King’s dream: Aline is about to take the throne and restore the rule of law once and for all.But for the Greatcoats, nothing is ever that simple. In neighbouring Avares, an enigmatic new warlord is uniting the barbarian armies and even worse, he is rumoured to have a new ally: Falcio’s old nemesis Trin. With the armies of Avares at her back, she’ll be unstoppable.Falcio, Kest and Brasti go racing north to stop her, but in those cold, treacherous climes they discover something altogether different – and far more dangerous: a new player plans to take the throne of Tristia, and the Greatcoats, for all their determination and skill, may not be able to stop him.
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An energetic, fun adventure that puts the “musk” back in “musketeer.” Guaranteed to increase household swashbuckling by 100%. (Library Journal)
Sebastien De Castell has firmly planted his name on my radar as one of the best debut Fantasy authors this year … I enjoyed Traitor’s Blade immensely and can’t wait for the next book and whatever the author comes up with in the future. Certainly a book that I highly recommend, to anyone! (Draumr Kopa Blog)
If this isn’t your most anticipated debut novel of 2014, then you’re doing it wrong. Traitor’s Blade may well end up going down as one of the strongest first fantasy novels of recent times – it’s an absolute stunner that you can’t afford to miss. (The Founding Fields)
Sebastien de Castell’s Traitor’s Blade delivers on many levels. It was fun, action-packed, had some great characters, and a stellar ending that leaves the reader craving more. It will without a doubt be on many best-of-the-year lists. (A Bitter Draft)
Traitor’s Blade is not to be missed. It might even be the best début of 2014. The mesmerising plot and imaginative world, not to mention the awesome characters, will entertain even the most discerning of readers. (Speculating on SpecFic.)
The Three Musketers meets Game of Thrones, Traitor’s Blade is the most delightful fun . . . marks the perfect start to a swashbuckling adventure series that would be high up on anyone’s list of 2014 Fantasy books . . . A thoughtful book [that will] remind you that there are a lot of things in this world worth fighting for (fantasy-smorgasbord)
I’ve rarely enjoyed swordplay and fight scenes in a book as much as I enjoyed these . . . As debut novels go, Sebastien de Castell’s offering up one that’s most certainly worth your time (Over the Effing Rainbow)
easily one of the best debut novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading . . . Read this! You’ll love it (Drunken Dragon Reviews)
Pretty darn awesome (Book Geek Says)
In short, I loved loved loved Traitor’s Blade. I would recommend it to everyone. Seriously, this is one excellent and remarkably entertaining book! Read it (Bibliosanctum)
I was hooked from page 3 . . . The humor, the swashbuckling, the humor WHILE swashbuckling . . . If you’re an action oriented reader like I am this will tickle you pink. 5 Stars (Not Yet Read)
Each Bloody encounter [is] described with meticulous detail . . . Traitor’s Blade is the entertaining story of how the greatcoats rose and fell, and how they could rise again (SFX)
With a tip of his hat at Alexandre Dumas, Sebastien de Castell make a fine first impression in this entertaining debut . . . Traitor’s Blade is a bunch of fun from one cover to the other (Tor.com)
A terrific read. I enjoyed reading it very, very much. A must read! (The Book Plank)
The story is packed with humour, emotion and great character camaraderie . . . Jo Fletcher Books have given the genre a real treat. I want to join the Greatcoats (Parmenion Books)
This is a great book from an equally great writer . . . As long as de Castell keeps writing these books, I will keep reading them (Utter Biblio)
An excellent read [with] powerful narrative and many twists and turns . . . Overall Traitor’s Blade is the first “new” fantasy of 2014 that met and even exceeded my expectations . . . takes its place in my top 25 of the year to date (Fantasy Book Critic)
Had me enthralled, and as I started to write my review I found myself reading huge chunks of it over again. Yep, this is my kind of book (And then I read a Book)
Fact is this book is just fun. The witty banter alone makes it worth reading. 4 Stars (Fantasy Review Barn)
It made me laugh out loud and it made me shed an occasional tear. It dragged me right in to the world of Tristia. Traitor’s Blade is a great book and I’m already looking forward to reading the next in the series (Fantasy Faction)
When I read this book, I felt like I was unwrapping a present the whole time … I laughed and smiled, and felt the tension, and the emotional struggles the characters faced. I let go of myself and really sank into one intensely amazing, incredibly well realized world (Bookworm Blues)
Traitor’s Blade is a constant blur of movement and action, one fight sequence following so closely on the heels of the one previous that it’s difficult to work out where de Castell has managed to fit so much story. But there is plenty of food for thought here … Full of wit, intrigue, action and violence, it’s a wonderful introduction to a new fantasy world and the people that inhabit it. And, from what we see on our first visit, there are plenty of reasons to come back for more (Reader Dad)
Traitor’s Blade is a compelling read. The story is complex and with plenty of threads … The fight scenes are detailed and you almost feel as if you are there, dodging the blades. I really enjoyed this book (Dragons and Fairy Dust)
Brilliantly conceived, cleverly executed and a whole bucket of fun, this will be one of the most entertaining novels you read this year (Liz Loves Books)
Traitor’s Blade is a very polished debut with a solid plot, great characters, a lovely world, and most importantly, it exudes a sense of fun that is infectious … Traitor’s Blade comes highly recommended (A Fantastical Librarian)
de Castell’s novel hooked me from the get-go with mystery and the promise of a new fantasy world. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me angry, and it made me so incredibly frustrated – but in a good way! It had so many twists and turns I couldn’t even begin to guess what would happen, and I was glued to the book until I found out (Panda Cat Reads)
De Castell has produced a wonderfully inventive, thoroughly entertaining story and a fascinating world in which to set it (Nerds of A Feather)
An amazing debut and one of my favourite books of the year. If the quality of the series continues this might just be one of my all-time favorites (Speculative Book Review)
An all-round brilliant fantasy debut, and one of the best I’ve read in a decade . . . Every so often, a debut novel comes along that knocks your expectations out of the park. Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of those novels. Peter V. Brett’s The Painted Man is another. Sebastien de Castell’s Traitor’s Blade needs to be added to that list. I loved this (Civilian Reader)
Battles with evil dukes, vicious and cruel aristocratic ladies and politics to rival anything GRRM has conceived, this truly is an epic tale (Seans Blog Now)
This book is truly brilliant. (Junipers Jungle)
There is plenty of action and intrigue to satisfy all, political maneuvering is matched by deeds of great heroism, and Falcio’s story will definitely leave the reader wanting more. (SF Book)
Traitor’s Blade provides swashbuckling fan service, and has fun along the way, but it also packs a sneaky emotional punch as well. Dumas would be proud. (Pornokitsch)
Falcio’s story will definitely leave the reader wanting more. (SF Book Reviews)
I just read the second book in Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series and I felt like this book contained almost everything that was fun in Red Seas Under Red Skies but cut out all of the slow stuff. They both had a wonderful adventurous feel but this was far tighter, sleeker and more exciting and was a complete and entire book (Charlie Hopkins)
‘The Three Musketeers meets Game of Thrones, Traitor’s Blade is the most delightful fun … [should] be high up on anyone’s list of 2014 Fantasy books’ fantasy-smorgasbord. (smorgasbord)
‘Traitor’s Blade is a very polished debut with a solid plot, great characters, a lovely world, and most importantly, it exudes a sense of fun that is infectious … [it] comes highly recommended’ A Fantastical Librarian. (A Fantastical Librarian)
‘An excellent read [with] powerful narrative and many twists and turns … Traitor’s Blade is the first ‘new’ fantasy of 2014 that met and even exceeded my expectations’ Fantasy Book Critic. (Fantasy Book Critic)
‘Brilliantly conceived, cleverly executed and a whole bucket of fun, this will be one of the most entertaining novels you read this year’ Liz Loves books. (Liz Loves books)
‘An all-round brilliant fantasy debut, and one of the best I’ve read in a decade … Every so often, a debut novel comes along that knocks your expectations out of the park. Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of those novels. Peter V. Brett’s The Painted Man is another. Sebastien de Castell’s Traitor’s Blade needs to be added to that list. I loved this’ Civilian Reader. (Civilian Reader)
‘Traitor’s Blade is something new in the fantasy genre … Left me thinking about it for days afterwards, the style, the plot, the characters, and most of all wishing for the next book in the series … I want to join the Greatcoats!’ Parmenionbooks. (Parmenionbooks)
‘If this isn’t your most anticipated debut novel of 2014, then you’re doing it wrong. Traitor’s Blade may well end up going down as one of the strongest first fantasy novels of recent times – it’s an absolute stunner that you can’t afford to miss’ The Founding Fields. (Founding Fields)
‘This is a great book from an equally great writer … As long as de Castell keeps writing these books, I will keep reading them’ Utter Biblio. (Utter Biblio)
‘With a tip of his hat to Alexandre Dumas, Sebastien de Castell makes a fine first impression in this entertaining debut … Traitor’s Blade is a bunch of fun from one cover to the other’ Tor.com. (Tor.com)
Sebastien De Castell manages to wring every heart wrenching moment and ounce of anticipation from every scene, his fight scenes contain dark humour, explosive action and a great awareness of the art of sword fighting, all of which has you hanging on the edge of every page. . . . This really is an exceptional book and series (Parmenion Books)
Action, drama, betrayals, I do look forward to reading more. (Books For Life)
much like the first , it’ll probably be one of the best book’s you’ll read this year, coming highly recommended. 9.5/10 (The Fictional Hangout)
I had an amazing time with this book. Greatcoats is now up there on my list of favorite fantasy series (Bibliosanctum)
a breathless rollercoaster of a ride that will engage, fascinate and compel the reader ever onwards, there is a beauty to the tale that gets right to the heart of you. Another huge page turner and basically Mr De Castell has just hit the sweet spot when it comes to Fantasy writing – this is exactly how it should be done. (Liz Loves Books)
It’s easy to love de Castell’s work. Two books in and “Greatcoats” still remains approachable and readable fantasy at its finest. (Upcoming4me)
Knight’s Shadow is the best book I have read this year so far and I’m not sure anything coming out this year can hope to top it! I think everyone who enjoys a good story of adventure should pick up their copies of Traitor’s Blade and Knight’s Shadow first chance they get! (Arched Doorway)
This ends on a satisfying conclusion that leaves room for the story to continue in Tyrant’s Throne (Starburst Magazine)
It was what I was hoping for and I was not disappointed! (Not Yet Read)
Knight’s Shadow truly is a must-read book . . . the kind of historical fantasy that makes everything else pale in comparison. (Beauty in Ruins)
The fantastic dialogue, the humor, the twists and the exhilarating action all make this a worthy sequel to ‘Traitor’s Blade’. It has certainly proven that de Castell is not a one hit wonder (Draumr Kopa Blog)
this second book has cemented my love for the series . . . It was so invigorating to go on this dangerous, and sometimes painful, but ultimately satisfying adventure with Falcio, Kest, Brasti and the rest of the Greatcoats. This is a series I recommend everyone to read! (Bookish Whimsy)
I loved the story, I loved the style, the book just kept on giving and never lets you down. It’s a perfect fantasy story (Book Geek Says)
This book brought me to tears on numerous occasions, I felt so deeply involved with the plot and the characters . . . I don’t think I’ll ever tire of this series (Junipers Jungle)
Knights Shadow is a perfect book if you love engaging and hilarious characters, amazingly well sculpted fight scenes and that rush of excitement that only comes with being truly and utterly swept away by a writer of incredible talent (Charlie Hopkins)
Bigger and better than its predecessor, Knight’s Shadow is a wonderful sequel, managing to keep the tone of the original intact while at the same time expanding the themes that made it so good. The Greatcoats series is thriving, and I look forward to the next installment. (Seans Blog Now)
I would still very much recommend the series to anyone looking for a well-written fantasy series (Civilian Reader)
a very entertaining series (Fantasy Review Barn)
There is something about the way Sebastien de Castell tells a story that resonates long after you close the book. (Jennifer Melzer)
the story was so gripping . . . I couldn’t tear my eyes away. Recommended 100% (The Endless Reading List)
I truly love the world that Sebastien de Castell has woven here (Paein and Ms4tune)
Knight’s Shadow is an excellent and engaging story, one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. 10/10 (Fantasy Faction)
Everything that de Castell did well in the first book – the action, the adventure, the high drama, the zinging character interaction and dialogue – is taken to a fresh level here . . . Knight’s Shadow raises its own bar . . . This story is bigger, darker and full of more violence than its predecessor.’ (Over the Effing Rainbow)
One hell of a good book (Conn Iggulden on Traitor’s Blade)
Both ‘Traitor’s Blade’ and ‘Knight’s Shadow’ are those rare examples of books that are fantastic from the first sentence to the last. Combining old-school swashbuckling action with contemporary characters and a good dose of grit, these books are the rarest of things, great rollicking fun combined with an emotional punch . . . Sebastien, write faster! (John Gwynne, author of The Faithless and the Fallen)
Combining old-school swashbuckling action with contemporary characters and a good dose of grit, these books are the rarest of things, great rollicking fun combined with an emotional punch . . . Sebastien, write faster! – John Gwynne, author of The Faithless and the Fallen
This is a one in a million series. Each book is fantastic yet manages to be better than the last and with Saint’s Blood Castell takes the characters and readers into some hugely unexpected and exciting places with the consummate precision and skill of a master dueller – Fantasy Faction
It’s like The Three Musketeers with magic. On steroids. But for all of the wild adventuring, peril and spectacle, there is a real heart emerging from beneath it all – Over the Effing Rainbow
Sebastien de Castell keeps delivering amazing books, displaying his talent for weaving a web of humour, tension, ingenious plots and fantastic characters . . . An exhilarating journey that took me at breakneck speed through a whole array of emotions – Draumr Kopa
Wildly entertaining and thoroughly intense, Saint’s Blood is the kind of book that makes you wish all epic heroic fantasy can be this awesome – Bibliosanctum
Huge amounts of adventurous fun, witty and incisive dialogue, a set of characters to die for and layer upon layer of fantastic world building – with laugh out loud moments interspersed with dark and dastardly doings. Plus swordfights. What more could you ask – Liz Loves Books
From the first line we remember how funny the writing is in this series as we are immersed back into the world of the Greatcoats, their bone-plated attire and their dueling swords. . . De Castell retains that wonderful, witty delivery that made the first two books in the series such a success’ – British Fantasy Society
Read Saint’s Blood. If you aren’t familiar with this series yet, go read it. Quickly – The Book Plank