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The Face-Faker's Game

(2016)
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For fans of Brandon Sanderson and Scott Lynch, a fantasy about a clever young beggar who bargains his way into an apprenticeship with a company of thieving magicians and uses his newfound skills in a vendetta against a ruthless crime lord.

Ashes lives in Burroughside - the dirtiest, most crime-ridden district in the huge city of Teranis. His neighbors are gangs of fellow orphans, homeless madmen, and monsters that swarm the streets at nightfall. Determined to escape Burroughside, Ashes spends his days begging, picking pockets, and cheating at cards. When he draws the wrath of Mr. Ragged, Burroughside's brutal governor, he is forced to flee for his life, only to be rescued by an enigmatic man named Candlestick Jack.

Jack leads a group of Artificers, professional magicians who can manipulate light with their bare hands to create stunningly convincing illusions. Changing a face is as simple as changing a hat. Ashes seizes an opportunity to study magic under Jack and quickly befriends the rest of the company: Juliana, Jack's aristocratic wife; William, his exacting business partner; and Synder, his genius apprentice. But all is not as it seems: Jack and his company lead a double life as thieves, and they want Ashes to join their next heist. Between lessons on light and illusion, Ashes begins preparing to help with Jack's most audacious caper yet: robbing the richest and most ruthless nobleman in the city.

A dramatic adventure story full of wit, charm, and scheming rogues, The Facefaker's Game introduces an unforgettable world you won't soon want to leave.

Genre: Fantasy    

"As fun as 'Mistborn.' The writing is effortless, the pacing quick, and the characters delightful. I'm annoyed that Birch took to heart the adage, Always leave them wanting more. Because I want." - Stephen S Power

"It takes a special writer to blend Dickens, Sanderson, and Lynch and yet make it totally his own. Chandler Birch succeeds beautifully. A wonderful debut!" - Brent Weeks


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Paperback Editions

November 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Facefaker's Game
Author(s): Chandler J Birch
ISBN: 1-5011-4775-7 / 978-1-5011-4775-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/ Simon451
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

November 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Facefaker's Game
Author(s): Chandler J Birch
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/ Simon451
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


November 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Facefaker's Game
Author(s): Chandler J Birch
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/ Simon451
Availability: Amazon UK