Review: Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell ★★★

Traitor's Blade (Greatcoats, #1)Traitor’s Blade follows a story of Falcio. He 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. But they are not now since the day they stood aside and let the traitors killed their king. But no one knows that it’s an order from the king to stand aside and let him be killed. The Greatcoats are scattered fortunately Falcio, Brasti, and Kest manages to stay together, and they are currently searching for the King’s Jewels, his Charoite. The story starts with them sitting and guarding Lord Tremodi. At first they think that the man is just having sex but then they realised that something is not right. They barged in and find that Lord Tremondi is dead and a woman is there. The woman blows a powder that makes them unable to move and also makes them forget about her. They now have to escape the town since the woman also left a word “Greatcoats” on the wall that was written with blood.

Many booktubers that I watched say that this book is amazing and funny. So, I expect this book to be my favourite but unfortunately it’s not. Many people say that this book is funny or humorous but the jokes and humour can only be found in the first part of the book after that there’s barely any. And then there are some awkward conversations where the characters will talk with full exposition to an enemy even. Whenever this happens it always reminded me of scenes in anime where a character will talk about how their skill work and it’s not good. Obviously, no one talks like that. There are also many interruptions in the middle of fighting scenes where Falcion just explain to the reader how his technique works. And if you read the words on the cover, it says that there’ll be jaw-dropping surprises. There’s none. I can guess what would happen and all of them are true. On the subject of the villain, this book is similar to The Lord of The Rings. All of them are bad, so bad that you can’t help but hate them. But at the same time, I’m also mad at the author. I always like and enjoy a villain that I can understand, but the villains in this book are not. They’re just evil, and that’s it. There is also some inconsistent character personality. I also don’t like sex magic in this book, because I see no point of them. Also, some of the chapters can be a bit tedious for me, because I feel like the author is trying to send me messages that the book want to tell by hitting me repeatedly on the head.

But I understand why so many people like this book. There’s a great friendship between Falcio, Kest, and Brasti. The fight scenes, if you ignore the interruption, is enjoyable. And the main one is that it’s fast and easy to read. If this book is paced like Robin Hobb books with all of its flaws I doubt that many people will enjoy it.

Rating: ★★★

Recommended: if you want to read fast paced action book.


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