|Author:||Sebastien de Castell|
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+
How do you survive a mage's duel without magic? Kellen's about to risk everything: His family, his home, even his own life...
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