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A rich, compelling and laugh-out-loud new series for all teen, YA, adult and fantasy fans.

How do you survive a mage's duel without magic? Kellen's about to risk everything: his family, his home, even his own life....

When you're a Jan'Tep initiate approaching your 16th birthday, you'd better be ready to prove your worth as a mage. Either that or have a miracle on the way. And Kellen isn't counting on either. He knows he'll need a few tricks up his sleeve to avoid disgracing his family and becoming a Sha'Tep servant. So when a sassy, straight-talking traveller arrives in town, Kellen is all ears. Ferius Parfax is jaded but worldly, an exile who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She can't teach him to spark his bands and access the seven magics, but with the hand that Kellen's been dealt, he knows he needs all the help he can get....

©2017 Sebastien de Castell (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • J
  • 23-05-17

This was fun

This story and it's narrator were great. I loved every minute of it. The magic and the world were unique and kept my attention.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-08-17

Phenomenal

Well holy $#!+ that was great. I BLEW through this, listening every chance I got. Although I'll very likely grab a hard copy of this book to cherish, I wholeheartedly recommend listening to it, as the narration is sublime, and Sebastien's wit lends itself perfectly to vocal performance.

Enjoy!

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  • Alexander
  • 10-05-17

Incredible debut audiobook from fantastic author!

I loved every minute of the story! Funny and Fast with a great magical world.

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  • Deimante
  • 02-08-19

Magical experience

What an entertaining and engaging story with fun diverse characters. The dialogues were so good and the humor was spot on! This story has an interesting magic system which was one of the main reasons I picked up this book. And hats off to a fantastic narrator's work, so many characters and they all had their unique voices - at times it felt like not one but a whole cast of actors working. Really brought this book to life. I can heartily recommend this to anyone who loves fantasy with more action that worldbuilding. Will be looking into other books in this series for sure!

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  • Cynthia Paulsen
  • 06-08-18

Magic is a con game.

A magic-less boy tries to find his place among a town full of magic folk.

3.5 stars rounded up. Very fun.

That ending! *screams* I love it!
The story was very intriguing to me, but I didn't like most of the characters.

I did not like the sister or the love interest. The sister was arrogant and whenever she made an appearance, she was a) shunning Kellen, b) using Kellen for meanial tasks, or c) trying to awaken Kellen's powers. Maybe it was her first appearance, (view spoiler) that I just didn't trust her. I did not care for the love interest at first. She didn't have much personality and after (view spoiler), I was done with her. (Also, after that incident, Kellen fears she's mad at him because he slapped her. Wtf.) The author does try to make you feel sorry for her but I. Can't.

Kellen is funny but I hope his character develops.

I hope to see more of Ferius.

I thought I'd love squirrel-cats but I hate them.

Quotes:
♦️ "Can something really be evil for just being what it is?"
♦️ "Life is the curse, love is the cure."
♦️ "First thing you learn wondering the long roads, kid. Everyone thinks they're the hero of their own story."
♦️ "I'm a woman, kid. You probably haven't met one before, coming as you do from this backwards place. But it's like a man only smarter and with bigger balls."

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  • J Smith
  • 18-04-19

Brilliant!

Not much more I can say; brilliant writing, brilliant humour, brilliant narration!
If you liked The Greatcoats, then you’ll love this too!
Book 2 already loaded! :)

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  • The Curator
  • 31-10-18

Audible needs to create a YA section

I’ve said before that I have no objection to YA books but I’d rather know in advance if that is what I’m buying. The book itself is fine and I’d definitely buy it for a younger reader.

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  • sammys_shelf
  • 02-09-17

Great narration and story!

Fabulous reading of a fabulous book! It's only my 3rd audiobook but if I keep listening to great ones like this I will be spending all money on them!

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  • juozas kasiulis
  • 10-09-19

Spells and action what can be better

I did enjoy the first book of the series and will continue to next books. Plenty of interesting magic and so many fights. Narration well done

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  • R.Hull
  • 10-12-18

Kept me interested.

The name first caught my attention. Then after getting through half of it I started to feel disappointed it wasn't mainstream predictable. It didn't play out as I expected. Then after finishing it, I was grateful it wasn't mainstream predictable.

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  • MommaBear
  • 07-12-18

Magic, An Unsure Teen, Conspiracy

This book has everything to keep you enthralled.

Read it - what have you got to lose? You can always ask for your credit back but I would think only a very few ask.

Not many teens don’t make me think how stupid they are in a story but here you have a typical teenage boy who acts as you expect but cares.

Go on try it - I did and bought the others available on Audible and hope they arrange to have the rest very soon.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-02-21

A great adventure - not the Greatcoats & that's OK

I finished this in less than a day, and was disappointed that I couldn't stay awake long enough to get through it all in one! I loved this author and narrator combo in the Greatcoats series, and found this book just as entertaining, though very different. Another well imagined world that isn't too over-complicated, and a different cast of characters who are very human, neither paragons of virtue, nor black-hearted villains.

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  • Dave Sherlock-Jones
  • 14-11-20

Definitely a teens book rather than adult

I thoroughly enjoyed the Great Coats books, this was also well written and fun but lacked the ‘realism’ of language and behaviourist those books. I will continue to read them but would love to see the Great Coats or a new adult fantasy series.

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  • CC
  • 31-10-20

OK'ish

I did quite enjoy listening to this but it didn't fully engage me. It is a tad weak in places, and the narration from the main character got rather wordy in places. That sounds more negative than it should, suffice to say I enjoyed it enough to start the second book in the series.

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  • General user
  • 16-09-20

Good listen, few Good listen, narrator is a supris

Good listen, narrator is a suprise to listen to.
After a few chapters had it on all day

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  • peastri
  • 27-06-18

Perfect from the cover to 'the end'.

This one caught me by surprise. I was using it unceremoniously as a filler book until another book I was waiting for came out. I didn't even think I'd finish it in time but I blitzed through it unable to put it down and am now torn between reading the book I was waiting for or picking up Shadowblack. It's the kind of bittersweet conundrum I hope for.


It's a fun and entertaining mess of love, hatred, friendship, betrayal, magic and squirrel cats. Nothing complex or overwhelmingly stupid. Plot reveals are timed nicely some with nifty twists and the pacing is swift and smooth.


For the audio fans: Joe Jameson. No need to say anymore other than brilliant as always.


The cover (UK/AU): Love this cover. It's unique, precisely executed and completely relevant to the story. Nailed it. Full marks from me and right up there with some of my all time favourites.


In short: Readers looking for something fun, light and just plain entertaining will love it. Extra marks because it also looks so handsome on the shelf.

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  • Bradley
  • 19-03-19

This is terrible magic book

If your hoping for a action. Don't listen
If your hoping for a bad ass Mage. don't listen
It's a book meant for young adults with a children's violets. There isn't even Romance. Why is a Science fiction book about magic so boring, he can't fight he can't use magic and he talks his way out of problems. WHYYYY it could of been so good