Magic Is A Con Game
Faced with life as a servant if he can’t prove his worth as a mage, sixteen year old Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path.
Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi – a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She’s difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen’s only hope…
The first in a rich and compelling fantasy series, from the author of the much-loved Greatcoats series, bursting with tricks, traps and a devious talking squirrel cat.
Praise for Spellslinger
A bucket-load of tension is offset with humour, power struggles, lots of magic and some great characters. Fantasy junkies will devour with relish.
Told with the conviction of Ursula Le Guin and the dash of Alexandre Dumas
Spellslinger is the start of something truly special. Sebastien de Castell is a master of breakneck pacing, dagger-sharp dialogue, and twists you didn’t see coming–and this series has it all.
This book is dangerously addictive. It has it all: compelling world-building, breathtaking plot-twists, a page-turning pace, and characters who soon feel like old friends. I can’t wait for the next one!
Exotic, original and gripping from the get-go, Spellslinger is a must-read.
Hugely enjoyable - fast-paced, compassionate, wise and with terrific characters.
Written with such obvious joy and brio that it demands to be read.
A fun, fast-moving adventure, with surprising depth and insight.
“One of the best young-adult novels I’ve seen in a long time – larky, clever and slick.”
Alternate Four of Chalices
This was the original design for one of the interior card images. It was changed because the look was deemed too dark for the rest of the visual design of the series.
The Jan’Tep System of Magic is based on seven fundamental forces, shown here. This appears in the hardback editions of the book.