Author(s): Sebastien de Castell
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.
For more from Sebastien de Castell, check out:
The Greatcoats QuartetTraitor's BladeSaint's BloodKnight's ShadowTyrant's Throne
To be without magic amongst the Jan'Tep is to lose your place - become Sha'Tep, no better than a slave. Kellen's family are most prestigious mages amongst his people, his younger sister the most adept practitioner the Jan'Tep have ever known. But Kellen's magic is dying. He has practised the forms, knows the spells backward, but can summon no more than a breath of air. His own uncle suffered the same fate. Unable to perform for the mages' challenges when coming of age, he was stripped of all dignity and forced to become a servant for the man who once called him brother. Still, it was a fate better than the one shared by the rest of the Sha'Tep as slaves in the mines.
Into all this steps Ferius Parfax, a wise-cracking cardsharp outsider whose insouciant attitude and perceptive remarks goad Kellen into questioning the world he's always known, at a time when both his own existence as well as his tribe's are threatened by outside forces gathering to attack. This is the first instalment of what's shaping up to be a thinking-reader's fantasy. Recommended ages 11+
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 lives in Vancouver with his lovely wife and two belligerent cats. Follow Sebastien www.decastell.com or on Twitter: @decastell