Play of Shadows: Thrills, Wit And Swordplay: The Greatcoats Are Back! (Hardback)
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Play of Shadows: Thrills, Wit And Swordplay: The Greatcoats Are Back! (Hardback)

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Hardback 496 Pages
Published: 28/03/2024
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Swordplay, magic, intrigue and friendships stronger than iron: the first volume in the new swashbuckling fantasy series set in the universe of THE GREATCOATS.

Damelas Chademantaigne picked a poor night to flee a judicial duel.

He has precious little hope of escaping the wrath of the Vixen, the most feared duellist in the entire city, until he stumbles through the stage doors of the magnificent Operato Belleza and tricks his way into the company of actors. An archaic law provides a temporary respite from his troubles - until one night a ghostly voice in his head causes Damelas to fumble his lines, inadvertently blurting out a dreadful truth: the city's most legendary hero may actually be a traitor and a brutal murderer.

With only the help of his boisterous and lusty friend Bereto, a beautiful assassin whose target may well be Damelas himself, and a company of misfit actors who'd just as soon see him dead, this failed grandson of two Greatcoats must somehow find within himself the courage to dig up long-buried truths before a ruthless band of bravos known as the Iron Orchids come for his head.

Oh, and there's still that matter of the Vixen waiting to duel him . . .

Readers love Play of Shadows!

'De Castell's masterful writing weaves an impressive tale with a fantastic plot, intriguing characters, and wondrous storybuilding. Another masterpiece' - 5* reader review

'If you are looking for a swashbuckling adventure with a dash of romance and a leaven of humour, then go out and get a copy of this book' - 5* reader review

'Everything that you come to expect from a Greatcoats world book - swashbuckling, emotional rollercoaster, a hero to root for and a great cast of characters some you will love and some you will hate' - 5* reader review

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781787471474
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 760 g
Dimensions: 238 x 160 x 44 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

These books are just joyous . . .This is first-rate fiction, first rate adventure, first rate full stop - CONN IGGULDEN on THE GREATCOATS

Fantastic from the first sentence to the last. Combining old-school swashbuckling action with contemporary characters and a good dose of grit, these books are the rarest of things, great rollicking fun combined with an emotional punch . . . Sebastien, write faster! - JOHN GWYNNE, Author of the Faithful and the Fallen on The Greatcoats series

Guaranteed to increase household swashbuckling by 100% - Library Journal on Traitor’s Blade

These are not the kinds of books you forget. They are the kind you remember and recommend - Ageless Pages

Highly recommended, as is the GREATCOATS series as a whole - Fantasy Literature

The Greatcoats is now up there on my list of favourite fantasy series - Bibliosanctum

A page-turner in the true sense of the phrase . . . Witty, romantic and atmospheric in the way of great adventure stories - British Fantasy Society on the Greatcoats series

A bunch of fun from one cover to the other - Tor.com on Traitor's Blade

Don't hesitate to buy this if you love a great hero and story . . . What a voice! What story-telling brio! If you love Dumas, or Game of Thrones or The False Prince this is the swashbuckling fantasy for you - AMANDA CRAIG, author of Hearts And Minds

Traitor's Blade provides swashbuckling fan service, and has fun along the way, but it also packs a sneaky emotional punch as well. Dumas would be proud - Pornokitsch

The Three Musketeers meets Game of Thrones, Traitor's Blade is the most delightful fun . . . [should] be high up on anyone's list - smorgasbord

An absolute stunner that you can't afford to miss - The Founding Fields on Traitor’s Blade

I want to join the Greatcoats! - Parmenionbooks

Every so often, a debut novel comes along that knocks your expectations out of the park. Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of those novels. Peter V. Brett's The Painted Man is another. Sebastien de Castell's Traitor's Blade needs to be added to that list. I loved this - Civilian Reader

If you love underdog characters, strong women, plenty of humour, wit and action, I can't recommend this enough. Fans of the Greatcoats will love it, and I think people coming to this world for the first time will find it a great introduction - Becky's Book Blog

A fast-paced joy-ride from start to finish, filled to the brim with swashbuckling action - FanFiAddict on PLAY OF SHADOWS

The twists and turns of a story where theater genuinely is magic had me turning pages perhaps a little faster than I should have - but it was such a thrill to encounter sophisticated world-building mingled with nerve-wracking adventure and truly satisfying swordplay. De Castell's women are genuinely witty and intelligent, as well as hot as blazes . . . and I'm a sucker for any story with truth and friendship at its heart. Bravo, maestro! I eagerly await the next one - Ellen Kushner, author of SWORDSPOINT

If you love underdog characters, strong women, plenty of humour, wit and action, I can't recommend this enough. Fans of the Greatcoats will love it, and I think people coming to this world for the first time will find it a great introduction - Becky's Book Blog on PLAY OF SHADOWS

Sebastien de Castell and Taran Matharu in conversation

Sebastien de Castell and Taran Matharu in conversation

London - Trafalgar Square
Friday 24th May 19:00

Join us as we welcome Sebatien de Castell and Taran Matharu to Trafalgar Square to celebrate the publication of their latest novels: The first volume of Sebastien's new swashbuckling fantasy series, Play Of Shadows, and Taran's adult fantasy debut, Dragon Rider. Get ready to discover your next new fantasy favourites!

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“Not the usual Greatcoat tale”

I loved The Greatcoats, a series I've read and reread many times; the duals, the swashbuckling adventures and the banter between the brilliant characters are among the best books I've ever read. However you... More

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“Epic fantasy at its best.”

Sebastien de Castell takes us back into the world of The Greatcoats once more with this epic tale of magic, friendship, swordplay and revenge.
Damelas Chademantaigne is on the run from the Vixen after fleeing from a... More

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“Didn't hit the mark for me”

I've been a massive fan Sebastien de Castell since I first picked up Traitor's Blade probably nearly ten years ago. He's one of the few authors I'll even read his YA novels and I enjoy those too.... More

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