What I care about most is the drama of a story – the underlying struggle of human beings trying to push back against the unfairness of the world. Swashbuckling tales have always been romantic in that sense, their heroes a little out of step with the more cynical and pragmatic views of others. The magic of fantasy for me has always been that it can inspire us to re-enchant our own lives and the vitality of swashbuckling adventure lies in its capacity to make us want to be more daring.
Four months after fleeing his own people, Kellen has discovered he’s an even worse outlaw than he was mage. It doesn’t help that his only allies are a swaggering card player and a thieving squirrel cat.
Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn’t blind, and whose secrets get them caught up in a conspiracy of magic, blackmail and murder. Now Kellen must find the mage responsible before the entire frontier falls victim to the mystical plague known as the shadowblack.
Kellen has finally begun to master his spellslinging and the Argosi tricks for surviving as an outlaw. But when a mysterious playing card leads him a shining city filled with wondrous inventions, he and his squirrel cat business partner Reichis will discover that there are some things more dangerous than magic . . .View Book
Kelen, 16 ans, est l’héritier d’une des grandes familles qui se disputent le trône de la cité. Il prépare son premier duel pour devenir mage. Mais ses pouvoirs ont disparu. Il doit ruser… ou tricher, quitte à risquer l’exil, voire pire. Ses seuls soutiens, deux acolytes explosifs: Furia, la vagabonde imprévisible et Rakis, un chacureuil féroce et acerbe.
La saga d’un jeune héros tiraillé entre rébellion et loyauté envers les siens. Action et secrets dans une société au bord du chaos: une grande fresque originale et puissante, où la fantasy rencontre l’humour.