Play of Shadows (Hardback)
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Play of Shadows (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

Brilliant and vivid world-building . . . riveting - Chad Stahelski, director of JOHN WICK, on THE MALEVOLENT SEVEN

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

A complex and enthralling 500 pages of fantasy novel . . . expansive and full of verve . . . I can't wait to find out what will happen next - Geek Dad

A fantastic romp revolving around the power of stories and how history is written by the victors - Fantasy Book Nerd

A fast-paced joy-ride from start to finish, filled to the brim with swashbuckling action - Eleni A.E. at FanFiAddict

Thrilling, complex, and absolutely addictive . . . It's not often a book leaves me speechless. This one pulled it off. Repeatedly . . . true to the spirit of the original Greatcoats in every way, and yet is utterly fresh and unique. From its humble beginning to its epic end, it stands among the author's finest works - Andy Peloquin at FanFiAddict

Integrate[s] unusual locations and memorable characters into an exciting and engaging plot - SF2 Concatenation

I'm still in awe. Play of Shadows is mysterious, enthralling, and just flat-out fantastic . . . the pacing was superb, and the climax had me gasping out loud . . . Play of Shadows is phenomenal and deserves a standing ovation - Witty and Sarcastic Book Club

Sebastien de Castell is, to me, unmatched in this kind of worldbuilding, the sort that feels based on swashbuckling books like Dumas's, those kinds of romantic adventures - moonraker

Fast paced, very dynamic and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged from beginning to end . . . fantastic from the first page to the last - Hobbleit

Offer[s] characters in starring roles that have the power to capture a reader's heart. With humor, wit, and impeccable pacing, Play of Shadows proves to be an immersive read with a fascinating story to tell - The Lily Café

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

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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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