It’s Time to Be a Greatcoat!

March 13, 2015 Bookish 0

You may remember how much I gushed over Sebastien de Castell’s début fantasy Traitor’s Blade. If you don’t, head on over to my review to find out!

It’s Time to Be a Greatcoat!Knight's Shadow (Greatcoats #2) by Sebastien de Castell
Published: March 5th 2015 by Jo Fletcher Books
Format: Hardcover, 600 pages
Genres: Fantasy
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Tristia is a nation overcome by intrigue and corruption. The idealistic young King Paelis is dead and the Greatcoats – legendary travelling magistrates who brought justice to the Kingdom – have been branded as traitors. But just before his head was impaled on a spike, the King swore each of his hundred and forty-four Greatcoats to a different mission.

Falcio Val Mond, First Cantor, with the help of fellow Greatcoats Kest and Brasti, has completed his King’s final task: he has found his Charoites – well, one at least, and she was not quite what they expected. Now they must protect the girl from the many who would see her dead, and place her on the throne of a lawless kingdom. That would be simple enough, if it weren’t for the Daishini, an equally legendary band of assassins, getting in their way, not to forget the Dukes who are determined to hold on to their fractured Kingdoms, or the fact that the heir to the throne is only thirteen years old. Oh, and the poison that is slowly killing Falcio.

That’s not even mentioning the Greatcoat’s Lament…

There is a test every magistrate must take before becoming a Greatcoat – it comes in the form of a puzzle from a very old book called Peritas Aequitum, which literally means Perils of Justice. It’s quite possible that this book was the original text used to train the very first Greatcoats in centuries past.

This puzzle asks the examinee to decide the outcome of a case for which Tristia’s complex laws provide several different—equally valid—legal outcomes. The Greatcoat confronted by this situation is thus forced to render a verdict even though any choice they make is guaranteed to make matters worse.

To celebrate the release of the much anticipated sequel, Knight’s Shadow, Jo Fletcher books are having a great competition. They have an excerpt from the book on their website, and it lists four choices that Falcio has to choose from. You have to let Jo Fletcher Books know which choice you would make by either commenting on their original post, or using the hashtag #GreatcoatsDecide on twitter. If your choice is the same as Falcio’s you could win a copy of Knight’s Shadow!

Here are the details of Traitor’s Blade:

It’s Time to Be a Greatcoat!Traitor's Blade (Greatcoats #1) by Sebastien de Castell
Published: March 6th 2014 by Jo Fletcher Books
Format: ARC, 384 pages
Genres: Fantasy
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4.5 Stars

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…

Don’t these books have the most gorgeous covers? Jo Fletcher Books publish them in this amazing jacket-less hardback format that is to die for! De Castell’s writing balances humour and gravitas brilliantly, and Falcio Val Mond is sure to win many hearts as a relatable protagonist. I was lucky enough to nab a review copy of Knight’s Shadow, and you’ll be seeing a review of it very soon! Until then, I wish you all the best in the competition!

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