Traitor's Blade (The Greatcoats)

By Sebastien de Castell

With swashbuckling motion that remember Dumas' Three Musketeers Sebastien de Castell has created a dynamic new fable sequence. In Traitor's Blade a disgraced swordsman struggles to redeem himself by means of maintaining a tender lady stuck within the internet of a royal conspiracy.

The King is lifeless, the Greatcoats were disbanded, and Falcio Val Mond and his fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti were diminished to operating as bodyguards for a nobleman who refuses to pay them. issues might be worse, after all. Their service provider should be mendacity useless at the flooring whereas they're pressured to observe the killer plant facts framing them for the homicide. Oh wait, that is precisely what is happening.

Now a royal conspiracy is set to spread within the such a lot corrupt urban on this planet. a gently orchestrated sequence of murders that started with the overthrow of an idealistic younger king will finish with the dying of an orphaned woman and the smash of every little thing that Falcio, Kest, and Brasti have fought for. but when the trio are looking to foil the conspiracy, keep the lady, and reunite the Greatcoats, they're going to need to do it with not anything however the tattered coats on their backs and the swords of their fingers, simply because nowadays each noble is a tyrant, each knight is a thug, and the one factor you could particularly belief is a traitor's blade.

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You’ve bought to take a couple of possibilities with this type of factor. ’ ‘For what it’s worthy, my recommendation is let’s no longer die instantly and retailer that concept for an additional day,’ I stated, and fastened up on my horse. I seemed round and observed Brasti resting on most sensible of a few blankets on one of many open wagons. ‘That’s a few wonderful conceal you have been giving me there, Brasti. ’ He yawned and patted the bow that rested opposed to his leg. He had ten arrows arrayed in entrance of him so i guess I must have been thankful for that. ‘I have each self assurance on your diplomatic skills,’ he stated, ‘especially while it comprises following orders. yet you’re loopy should you imagine going again into Rijou is best than attempting to parry pistols. Don’t fear. I’ll remain the following and shield the caravan. ’ ‘Get off your ass, boy, you’re comin’ with us,’ Feltock growled. ‘Since you all seem to understand lots approximately it, I’m definite you’ll do a great activity of guarding the Lady’s dignity together with your personal skins. ’ ‘The 3 folks may well constantly kill you and go away as soon as we’re clear of the remainder of the caravan, you realise,’ Kest acknowledged. ‘True,’ Feltock stated. Then he all started guffawing. ‘But then you’d nonetheless haven't any cash and no corporation and, from what little I’ve heard, Duke Jillard don’t waste loads of sentiment on tatter-cloaks now, does he? ’ ‘I could kill you on precept when you hold calling us that,’ I acknowledged, yet Kest, Brasti, Feltock and that i led the carriage alongside the vast, treelined street that leads from the caravan course, previous the 1st gates and into town right. Rijou isn’t precisely a castle city, however it does have 3 units of iron gates. the 1st we undergone appeared unguarded, however the timber that grew along the line supplied first-class hiding locations for the part a dozen guards with crossbows. for those who don’t glance suspicious adequate to be shot on website and nobody has paid the guards to kill you, you could stick with it to the second one gates, the place the lads are armoured and the gates run on a sliding tune among stone pillars. whilst the lever is pulled, the gates can come down in a moment, immediately impaling whatever stuck of their means. The guards of the second one gate have this nice shaggy dog story: you don’t have to ask permission to go into Rijou; you simply stroll less than the gate. in the event that they choose to drop it in your head, that suggests admission is denied and also you should still come again the following day and take a look at back. good, it makes them snort . . . Feltock didn’t favour that strategy. in its place, he passed one of many guards the packet of credentials he carried at the Lady’s behalf. The defend seemed them over after which handed them directly to one other guy who scrutinised them extra heavily. the 1st safeguard walked as much as us and stared me up and down. He used to be a more youthful guy, with darkish hair and a brief, sparse beard that didn’t favour him. yet he carried himself optimistically, and seemed like he needs to be good lower than his plate-armour. ‘You’re one among them tatter-cloaks, is that correct? ’ His accessory was once thicker than I had anticipated. It jogged my memory that the 3 weeks we were at the street had taken us faraway from the caravan marketplace, or even farther from Baern, the place we must always were by means of now.

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