By: Sebastien De Castell
Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book to review. As is my policy with books that I receive for review, if I don’t like it, I don’t review it.
I’m a big fan of fantasy novels. The Name of the Wind is one of my favorite novels of all time. I set a pretty high bar when it comes to fantasy. It has to be fun to read. I don’t want to get mired down in uber complex magic systems that the author takes half the novel to describe and explain. Exposition is good in small doses, but I read fantasy to indulge in something fantastical, not long sections of droll.
Traitor’s Blade avoids all of that stuff I don’t like about fantasy, and excels at all the stuff I do like. In fact, it’s easily in the top 5 books I’ve read so far this year. It tells the story of three Greatcoats. The Greatcoats were the elite guard of the King. Until the King was usurped and beheaded. Now, they’re labeled as traitors (thus the name of the novel) and cutthroats.
Traitor’s Blade pulled me into it’s world quickly, and the writing and plot kept me there for long periods of time. Sure signs of a well written story. It falls somewhere between the shorter fantasy novels and the epic ones. It’s an excellent read that any fan of fantasy will enjoy on every page.