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…
Ooh well that was very good. I listened to the audio book for this and Joe Jamison was amazing, and did the story great justice.
I love Sebastien’s other series, Spellslinger, but honestly went into this a little unsure – I thought I’d like it, but historical type settings often don’t work for me. Luckily, this didn’t feel at all like that, despite the obvious three musketeers type feel. I really, really enjoyed it.
The whole concept worked for me – from the Greatcoats vs Knights parts, to the political machinations (and oh I do love some machinations!), to the story of the girls and the tailor. Layers upon layers of brilliance. There was so much richness to the story I wouldn’t have felt cheated if the book had been shorter – in fact a couple of times I thought it must be the end but I was pleased it kept going!
And my boys! I love them. They are noble and foolish and brave and flawed and brilliant.
Questing and conspiracies, oh yes. 4.5 stars and I am having to restrain myself from just rushing off to get the next one straight away.
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