Monday, 2 December 2013

One for 2014? 'Traitor's Blade' (Sebastian De Castell)

I'm kind of hoping it is as the blurb intrigued me enough to ask for a review copy :o)
Here's some cover art and a blurb...

(This cover art, from the Jo Fletcher Books website, is much nicer than the incredibly generic artwork I was 'treated to' in the Quercus catalogue. I'm really hoping they stick with this.)

Falcio 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. They are heroes. Or at least they were, until they stood aside while the Dukes took the kingdom, and impaled their King’s head on a spike. 

Now Tristia is on the verge of collapse and the barbarians are sniffing at the borders. The Dukes bring chaos to the land, while the Greatcoats are scattered far and wide, reviled as traitors, their legendary coats in tatters. 

All they have left are the promises they made to King Paelis, to carry out one final mission. But if they have any hope of fulfilling the King’s dream, the divided Greatcoats must reunite, or they will also have to stand aside as they watch their world burn…

I love reading Judge Dredd and talk of 'travelling magisters' has got me thinking of something similar here but in a fantasy setting. I probably couldn't be more wrong but I can dream in the meantime :o)
I'm really into fantasy at the moment (Comfort reading? Maybe...) so I will definitely give 'Traitor's Blade' a go; it sounds promising and possibly just what I'm after. It's not being published until March 2014 though (not sure if it has a US publisher) so I'm in for a bit of a wait :o)
How about you? Will you be reading 'Traitor's Blade'?

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