Author Bio & Notable Achievements

The Quick Bio

Sebastien de Castell is the multi-award nominated author of the acclaimed swashbuckling fantasy series, The Greatcoats. His new series is Spellslinger. Visit him at www.decastell.com

The Tiny Bio

Sebastien de Castell is the author of the acclaimed fantasy series The Greatcoats and Spellslinger.

The 50 Word Bio

Sebastien de Castell's acclaimed swashbuckling fantasy series, The Greatcoats was shortlisted for both the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy and the Gemmell Morningstar Award. His YA fantasy series, Spellslinger, is published in more than a dozen languages. He spends his time writing, travelling, and going on strange adventures.

The Full Bio

Sebastien de Castell had just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first dig. Four hours later he realized how much he actually hated archaeology and left to pursue a very focused career as a musician, ombudsman, interaction designer, fight choreographer, teacher, project manager, actor, and product strategist. His only defence against the charge of unbridled dilettantism is that he genuinely likes doing these things and that, in one way or another, each of these fields plays a role in his writing. He sternly resists the accusation of being a Renaissance Man in the hopes that more people will label him that way.

Sebastien's acclaimed swashbuckling fantasy series, The Greatcoats. was shortlisted for both the 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy. the Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Debut, the Prix Imaginales for Best Foreign Work, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His YA fantasy series, Spellslinger, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and is published in more than a dozen languages.

Sebastien lives in Vancouver, Canada with his lovely wife and two belligerent cats. You can reach him at www.decastell.com

  • 2018 - Published in 15 Languages

    English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Hebrew, Czech, Turkish, Bulgarian, Romanian, Hungarian, Russian.

  • 2017 - Longlist - Carnegie Medal (UK) Best Young Adult Novel for Spellslinger
  • 2016 - WINNER - BOOKNEST BEST FANTASY AWARD (EU) FOR SAINT'S BLOOD
  • 2016 - FINALIST - JOHN W. CAMBELL AWARD BEST NEW WRITER (USA) FOR TRAITOR'S BLADE
  • 2016 - FINALIST - PRIX IMAGINALE (FRANCE) BEST FOREIGN WORK FOR TRAITOR'S BLADE
  • 2015 - FINALIST - GEMMELL MORNINGSTAR (UK) BEST DEBUT FOR TRAITOR'S BLADE
  • 2014 - SEMI-FINALIST - GOODREADS (USA) BEST FANTASY NOVEL FOR TRAITOR'S BLADE

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The Greatcoats Series

The acclaimed, multi-award nominated series that brings swashbuckling adventure to new heights. Published in English, French, German, Polish, Bulgarian.

The Spellslinger Series

Page-turning YA fantasy filled with tricks, traps, and a thieving squirrel cat. Published in more than a dozen languages and nominated for the Carnegie Medal

Spellslinger

How far would you go to win back your magic?

Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is gone . . .

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Shadowblack

Could You Survive As An Outlaw?

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.

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Charmcaster

How far would you go to protect your friends?

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 . . .

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