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By Sebastien de Castell

With swashbuckling motion that bear in mind Dumas' Three Musketeers Sebastien de Castell has created a dynamic new delusion sequence. In Traitor's Blade a disgraced swordsman struggles to redeem himself by way of conserving a tender lady stuck within the net of a royal conspiracy.

The King is useless, the Greatcoats were disbanded, and Falcio Val Mond and his fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti were decreased to operating as bodyguards for a nobleman who refuses to pay them. issues should be worse, after all. Their organisation might be mendacity useless at the flooring whereas they're compelled 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 so much corrupt urban on this planet. a gently orchestrated sequence of murders that all started with the overthrow of an idealistic younger king will finish with the demise of an orphaned woman and the smash of every thing that Falcio, Kest, and Brasti have fought for. but when the trio are looking to foil the conspiracy, shop the woman, 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 arms, 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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Every little thing Kest stated made ideal feel. We’d most likely convicted males on lesser facts – Saints comprehend the Dukes might have convicted us on much less. yet we have been purported to be varied. We have been alleged to be greater. ‘It’s very well, Falcio,’ Kest acknowledged quietly. ‘I be aware of you can’t do it. I’m now not asking you to. ’ ‘Do what? devote homicide? ’ ‘Set issues correct. yet I’ll do it. i will be able to do that on my own, whilst the time is correct, once we should be certain. yet for the sake of our friendship, don’t try and cease me while it occurs. ’ I stared at him. ‘What type of friendship can we have then? ’ ‘The similar variety we had earlier than we turned Greatcoats. i do know you liked the King, Falcio. I did too. yet they killed him. They can’t kill his dream, too. ’ No, i assumed as I driven my horse ahead, they can’t. We’re doing that ourselves. part an hour later I signalled a cease to the carriage. a gaggle of guys in black uniforms have been surrounding a wide mansion. they'd pikes in hand and have been blocking off the home windows and doorways with nice slabs of stone that have been arriving on ox-carts. there has been additionally a wagon packed with casks. I motioned to Feltock to return ahead and requested, ‘Do you may have any thought what’s occurring? ’ ‘You’ve noticeable what a struggle feels like, haven’t you? ’ acknowledged the captain. I neglected him and dismounted. I walked over to the fellow using the wagon with the casks. of his fellows stood in entrance of me with short-swords in hand, yet I referred to as out to him, ‘What’s happening the following? ’ ‘What do you're thinking that is happening, guy? Come middle of the night it’ll be the 1st day of Ganath Kalila, so hold for your personal affairs when you don’t are looking to end up at the flawed aspect. ’ That was once unusual. It virtually sounded as though the guy had stated ‘Ganath Kalila’. yet after all that couldn’t be attainable, simply because if it grew to become out we have been the following in the course of Ganath Kalila i might easily need to concede that at this very second one thousand virgin brides have been cursing my identify . . . ‘Sorry,’ I stated to the fellow, ‘I imagine I misunderstood. i presumed you will have said—’ the 2 males with short-swords driven me again. Feltock got here after me and Kest undefined, a hand at the grip of his personal sword. ‘What’d he say? ’ Feltock requested. ‘Ganath Kalila,’ I responded. ‘The Blood Week. We’ve come the following simply whilst the Duke has known as the Blood Week. ’ ‘What within the 5 hells for fools is that? attempt to keep in mind that I haven’t been to this urban earlier than, boy, and this’ll cross speedier. ’ ‘Ganath Kalila is a practice in Rijou,’ I instructed him. ‘The Duke’s father introduced it again with him from his travels within the East, from Avares. They name it the Blood Week simply because for seven days there aren't any principles other than one: what you can’t carry, you don’t personal. ’ An previous soldier sees loads of madness and violence in an extended profession, yet this took Feltock aback. ‘How is that alleged to paintings? the guy with the most important military takes what he wishes? It’d be mayhem. ’ ‘The Duke likes mayhem,’ I answered. ‘Not necessarily,’ Kest stated. ‘I’ve examine the politics of this, and it’s really really advanced. a chain of alliances and patronages make sure that most folk fall below the security of somebody above them, who has defense from another individual above them, who—’ ‘Eventually has safeguard from the Duke.

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