Chivalry is dead in Tristia… or is it?
Falcio, Kest and Brasti are the last of a dying breed, if there are other Greatcoats wearing the trademark heavy leather coats in Tristia, they haven’t seen one. Disbanded after the death of their idealistic young king and leader, they are fighting to survive and someday bring their loyal brothers and sisters together to bring justice back to the land the nobles now control. With thievery and injustice running rampant, and the nobles ignoring anything beyond what lines their pockets, the people need the Greatcoats, but first, they need to stay alive long enough to make their dreams a reality.
Traitor’s Blade was a well-choreographed dance from start to finish. I’ve always enjoyed a good escape from the reality of life (who doesn’t want to escape from potty training?) into a well-executed book, and this one didn’t disappoint.
Falcio is loyal to a fault, with a dark and heart-wrenching past, Kest and Brasti just cocky enough to add some life and sparkle into the story without being irritating, and Valiana… Valiana was the villain you couldn’t quite bring yourself to hate.
and enough chivalry to fill your knee-high boots.
I really enjoyed street-smart Aline and her tireless effort to save and restore her family name, even though it seemed about as pointless as shoveling the driveway while it’s still snowing. You had to admire her tenacity.
Now, the reason I gave this book four stars instead of a perfect five: I wanted more. I wanted it to tug at me like a hungry two-year old; whisper in my ear that laundry could wait just one more night. I wanted it to demand my attention and not let it go. I enjoyed the book, I really did, and I’m sure that if I was sitting on a beach somewhere, or reading lazily in a hammock without a care in the world, I would have read it in one sitting. The reality however is that Mount Dirty Dishes and the Chasm of Runny Noses won out more than I wanted them to.
Overall, this was a well-written, enjoyable book, full of unexpected twists and colourful characters.
If you are a fan of books like the Three Musketeers, you will really enjoy this book, and even if you aren’t, it’s still way better than folding laundry.
Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell is currently available from Penguin Canada. It will be released in the US in July 2014.
Jessica Gollub is a wife and mother to two fabulously precocious kids. She hates laundry and loves doing all those strange things that most normal people don’t bother to do… homemade cheese anyone? She is also the writer of the recently published dystopian young adult novel: “The Mark of the Hummingbird”. And in case you wanted to know, her name is pronounced like Gollum… but with a B.
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