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Play of Shadows

(2021)
(The first book in the Duellist series)
A novel by

 
 
Swordplay, magic, intrigue and friendships stronger than iron: the first volume in the new swashbuckling fantasy series by the bestselling author of The Greatcoats.

Damelas Shademantaigne 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 son 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 . . .

Genre: Fantasy

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Hardback Editions

June 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: Play of Shadows
Author(s): Sebastien de Castell
ISBN: 1-78747-147-0 / 978-1-78747-147-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

July 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Play of Shadows
Author(s): Sebastien de Castell
ISBN: 1-78747-146-2 / 978-1-78747-146-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Availability: Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

February 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Play of Shadows
Author(s): Sebastien de Castell
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


February 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Play of Shadows (The Duellist)
Author(s): Sebastien de Castell
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU