Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I could see this being the perfect "next read" for readers who loved the Ranger's Apprentice series (among others) - decent world building, lots of action, strong sense of Justice and Right. The most interesting character for me was the Tailor, and sadly there was too little of her.
Sadly, the book didn't quite live up to its promise in that the flashbacks were, well, too frequent and too long. A few pages of prologue might have been a better choice. And then there was Falcio's "anger issue" which only appeared when convenient for the author, not when it truly would have been convenient.
Still, readers looking for less fantasy and more fighting will appreciate this, and the next book, which will need far less backstory exposition, might really be something.
ARC provided by publisher.