A new YA fantasy series
bursting with tricks, traps, magic
and a talking squirrel cat!
by Sebastien de Castell
Author of the acclaimed Greatcoats series
What would you give up for magic?
When you’re a Jan’tep initiate approaching your sixteenth birthday, you’d better be ready to prove your worth as a mage. Either that or work some kind of miracle.
But Kellen isn’t counting on either. He knows he needs a few tricks up his sleeve to avoid total disgrace and life as a Sha’tep servant. He just has to find the right tricks.
So when a sassy, straight-talking Argosi wanderer arrives in town, Kellen is drawn to her like a moth to a flame. Ferius Parfax is strong and worldly, an exile who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries.
She’s difficult and unpredictable to say the least, but with the hand that’s been dealt to him, Kellen knows he’ll need all the help he can get…
This witty western from a master of magic storytelling will enchant both YA and adult readers. Listen to an exclusive extract below!
Praise For Sebastien’s Books
Traitor’s Blade is a swashbuckling romp packed with charisma, camaraderie, quick wit and even quicker swordplay.NPR National Public Radio
a triumph of character, with every protagonist a fascinationLibrary Journal Starred Review & Debut of the Month
These books are just joyous – a sequel even better than the first, with characters already set high in the firmament, classics. This is first-rate fiction, first rate adventure, first rate full stop.Conn Iggulden Bestselling author of The War of The Roses
De Castell’s superb writing and pacing results in a headlong rush of excitement to the very last page.The Oklahoman Largest Daily Newspaper in Oklahoma
Is Traitor’s Blade destined to be a classic? Well, that’s a kind of question I ask myself about books I can get some distance from. I don’t want any distance from this book. What I want, just as soon as I finish writing this review, is to read Traitor’s Blade again, immediately. And maybe once more right after that.
Now that I’ve read the second book in this planned series of four, I’m pretty sure de Castell is carving himself an enduring place in the fantasy canon.Black Gate Magazine SF & Fantasy Book Reviews
Combining old-school swashbuckling action with contemporary character and a good dose of grit, these books are the rarest of things, great rollicking fun combined with an emotional punch. I find it hard to believe that any fan of fantasy, history or just a great adventure would come away from either ‘Traitor’s Blade’ or ‘Knight’s Shadow’ disappointed. I loved them both.John Gwynne Author of The Faithful & The Fallen