Five years ago, the Greatcoats were the lawgivers of Tristia. And then the good king was deposed by the dukes and the Greatcoats were broken up. Now despised, only a few are left, taking work as caravan guards and sellswords. Falcio, the former First Cantor, finally starts to care again, as he is sucked into the dukes’ intrigues.
Traitor’s Blade starts out light-hearted and joky, growing darker and more passionate as Falcio opens himself up and rediscovers his honor. De Castell is a fine storyteller and the action moves quickly.