Publisher's Summary

A rich, compelling and laugh-out-loud new series for all teen, YA, adult and fantasy fans.
How do you survive a mage's duel without magic? Kellen's about to risk everything: his family, his home, even his own life....
When you're a Jan'Tep initiate approaching your 16th birthday, you'd better be ready to prove your worth as a mage. Either that or have a miracle on the way. And Kellen isn't counting on either. He knows he'll need a few tricks up his sleeve to avoid disgracing his family and becoming a Sha'Tep servant. So when a sassy, straight-talking traveller arrives in town, Kellen is all ears. Ferius Parfax is jaded but worldly, an exile who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She can't teach him to spark his bands and access the seven magics, but with the hand that Kellen's been dealt, he knows he needs all the help he can get....
©2017 Sebastien de Castell (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By peastri on 27-06-2018

Perfect from the cover to 'the end'.

This one caught me by surprise. I was using it unceremoniously as a filler book until another book I was waiting for came out. I didn't even think I'd finish it in time but I blitzed through it unable to put it down and am now torn between reading the book I was waiting for or picking up Shadowblack. It's the kind of bittersweet conundrum I hope for.


It's a fun and entertaining mess of love, hatred, friendship, betrayal, magic and squirrel cats. Nothing complex or overwhelmingly stupid. Plot reveals are timed nicely some with nifty twists and the pacing is swift and smooth.


For the audio fans: Joe Jameson. No need to say anymore other than brilliant as always.


The cover (UK/AU): Love this cover. It's unique, precisely executed and completely relevant to the story. Nailed it. Full marks from me and right up there with some of my all time favourites.


In short: Readers looking for something fun, light and just plain entertaining will love it. Extra marks because it also looks so handsome on the shelf.

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5 out of 5 stars
By J on 23-05-2017

This was fun

This story and it's narrator were great. I loved every minute of it. The magic and the world were unique and kept my attention.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-08-2017

Phenomenal

Well holy $#!+ that was great. I BLEW through this, listening every chance I got. Although I'll very likely grab a hard copy of this book to cherish, I wholeheartedly recommend listening to it, as the narration is sublime, and Sebastien's wit lends itself perfectly to vocal performance.

Enjoy!

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By sammys_shelf on 02-09-2017

Great narration and story!

Fabulous reading of a fabulous book! It's only my 3rd audiobook but if I keep listening to great ones like this I will be spending all money on them!

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