Falcio, Kest, and Brasti race north to stop Trin from gathering an army, but in those cold and treacherous climes they discover something altogether different, and far more dangerous: a new player is planning to take the throne of Tristia, and with a sense of dread the three friends realize that the Greatcoats, for all their skill, may not be able to stop him.
As the nobles of Tristia and even the Greatcoats themselves fight over who should rule, the Warlord of Avares threatens to invade. With so many powerful contenders vying for power, it will fall to Falcio to render the one verdict he cannot bring himself to utter, much less enforce. Should he help crown the young woman he vowed to put on the throne, or uphold the laws he swore to serve?
Praise for The Greatcoats
"This final adventure had heartache and loss, but also ended on that most uplifting and enduring of human conditions: hope. It is a beautiful ending to a fabulous series that ranges from swashbuckling fun to deep philosophical ponderations."
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
"Everything I love about the previous novels can be found once again in this one, including the epic action, laugh-out-loud humor, daring heroics, and inspiring gallantry. No one can make me flip between nail-biting despair and giddy fist-pumping exuberance that way de Castell can."
High energy, highly unique, swashbuckling-cop-epic-noir story. Buy it. BUY IT NOW.
"As heroic/tragic character arcs go, I am not sure there's a better one anywhere in epic fantasy today . . . I hesitate to use the word 'perfect' but this is about as close as epic fantasy gets to that plateau. Character arcs, storytelling, world building, mythology, conflicts, and relationships--it all comes together in a brilliantly satisfying finale of fiction that keeps going right to the very last page."
"If you enjoy fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat adventure and compelling, believable characters battling overwhelming odds yet never giving in, you can't beat the Greatcoats series. To read them is to love them."
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.
Tyrant’s Throne had more deleted scenes than any of my other books. I’ve compiled them here with notes as to why I wrote them and why they got cut. Maybe you’ll disagree?
A sketch from the upcoming Greatcoats Encyclopedia. This one shows Valiana ready to teach someone the first rule of the sword.