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.

Traitor’s Blade

The Greatcoats: legendary heroes, arbiters of justice, or notorious traitors?

The King is dead, the Greatcoats have been disbanded and Falcio Val Mond and fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as bodyguards for a nobleman who refuses to pay them. Things could be worse – their employer could be lying dead on the floor while the three of them are forced to watch as the killer plants evidence framing them for the murder. Oh wait, that’s exactly what’s happening . . .

First in the acclaimed Greatcoats series of swashbuckling adventures, Traitor’s Blade took the fantasy world by a storm, gathering praise from publications, readers, and bestselling authors.

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Knight’s Shadow

The Greatcoats have found the heir to the throne . . . but now they must keep her alive, against all the odds.

Falcio Val Mond has completed the final task given to him by the late King Paelis: he has found the King’s Charoites (well, one at least). But his task isn’t over, and now he, Kest and Brasti must protect the girl from those her want her dead.

The second book in the acclaimed swashbuckling series that took the fantasy world by storm.

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Saint’s Blood

The Greatcoats are back – and this time it’s personal.

How do you kill a Saint? Falcio, Brasti and Kest are about to find out, as someone is doing just that, and they’ve started with a friend who no one believed could be killed.

Third in the acclaimed Greatcoats series of swashbuckling adventures that have gathered praise from fantasy publications, readers, and bestselling authors.

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Tyrant’s Throne

How far would you go to fulfill a dead king’s dream?

After years of struggle and sacrifice, Falcio val Mond, First Cantor of the Greatcoats, is on the brink of fulfilling his final mission: Aline, the king’s daughter, is about to take the throne and restore the rule of law once and for all.

But for the Greatcoats, nothing is ever that simple. In the neighboring country of Avares, an enigmatic new warlord is uniting the barbarian armies that have long plagued Tristia’s borders–and even worse, he is rumored to have a new ally: Trin, who’s twice tried to kill Aline to claim the throne of Tristia for herself. With the armies of Avares at her back, led by a bloodthirsty warrior, she’ll be unstoppable.

The final book in the acclaimed Greatcoats quartet of swashbuckling adventures that have gathered praise from fantasy publications, readers, and bestselling authors.

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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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Soulbinder

How far would you go to rid yourself of a curse?

Kellen and his murderous squirrel cat, Reichis, are on their own. They’ve heard rumour of a mythical monastery, known as the Ebony Abbey. It’s a place that outsiders can never find – but Kellen is getting desperate. He’s been told that the monks inside the Ebony Abbey know more about the Shadowblack than anyone else – and that they even know how to cure it.

Then Kellen and Reichis are separated and for the first time, Kellen must face the world alone – and venture deeper into shadow magic than he ever knew he could.

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