Version: Unabridged
Author: Sebastien de Castell
Narrator: Sebastien de Castell
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Published In: July 2018
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 11 hours
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A would-be mage with no magic of his own has to defeat powerful enemies with only cunning and deception in the first book of an exciting adventure fantasy series from Sebastien de Castell.
Kellen is moments away from facing his first duel and proving his worth as a spellcaster. There's just one problem: his magic is fading.
Facing exile unless he can pass the mage trials, Kellen is willing to risk everything - even his own life - in search of a way to restore his magic. But when the enigmatic Ferius Parfax arrives in town, she challenges him to take a different path.
One of the elusive Argosi, Ferius is a traveller who lives by her wits and the cards she carries. Daring, unpredictable, and wielding magic Kellen has never seen before, she may be his only hope.
The first novel in a compelling six-book series, bursting with tricks, humor, and a whole new way to look at magic.
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For more from Sebastien de Castell, check out:
The Greatcoats QuartetTraitor's BladeSaint's BloodKnight's ShadowTyrant's Throne

Reviews (2)

Written by Kate B. on March 31st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Fantastic story. Well-written and engaging. The narrator is top notch. Highly recommend. Appropriate for YA but stands firmly in regular fantasy.


Written by Jeremy Z. on March 27th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a well-read fast-paced book with an interesting take on base Magics.

Author Details

Author Details

Castell, Sebastien de

Sebastien de Castell is the author of the acclaimed swashbuckling fantasy series, The Greatcoats and the Carnegie Medal-nominated Spellslinger. His debut novel, Traitor's Blade, was shortlisted for both the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy and the Gemmell Morningstar Award, the Prix Imaginales for Best Foreign Work, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He spends his time writing, travelling, and going on adventures. Visit him at www.decastell.com