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 Spellslinger
Playing with familiar ideas in a delightfully original way is Sebastien de Castell’s Spellslinger, which I devoured in two days . . . is one of the best young-adult novels I’ve seen in a long time – larky, clever and slick.Literary Review Britain's Best Loved Literary Magazine
Spellslinger is the first of a series which fantasy junkies will devour with relish.The Guardian Best New Books Supplement
Magic with a Wild West flavour, served with flair.Financial Times Summer Roundup of Books
Spellslinger . . . has cliffhangers, pace, humour, life lessons and a memorably feisty squirrel cat.The Sunday Times Book Reviews
Spellslinger is a riot from start to finish. It’s buckets of fun, and I can’t wait to read their next adventure.Speculative Herald Fantasy Reviews
Spellslinger is like Firefly with magic and card-throwing in place of guns and traditional weapons. It’s a three-man Guardians of the Galaxy (with a sarcastic squirrel-cat in place of Rocket Raccoon). I loved it so much, I have re-read it twice since my initial read – and felt the same heart-racing excitement each time. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.Readings Australia Australia's Own Since 1969