Play of Shadows

Play of Shadows

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Hardback Published on: 28/03/2024
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Play of Shadows
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 r... READ MORE


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: 760g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 160 x 44 mm

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Play of Shadows
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 Cha... READ MORE
Peter  Evans
Play of Shadows
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 a... READ MORE
Play of Shadows
Exciting theatrical fantasy
This is the third book from this author I’ve read and I’ve enjoyed them all! I read an eARC of this book. This was such a wonderful addition to the fant... READ MORE
Jennifer Charlton
Play of Shadows
Play of Shadows
In "Play of Shadows," the story centers around Damelas Chademantaigne, the grandson of two famous Greatcoats. Due to high expectations from his family, Dam... READ MORE
Mark Redman