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Fall of the Argosi

#8 Spellslinger

Sebastien de Castell



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Hot Key Books
05 January 2022
Series: Spellslinger
New to the ways of the Argosi, the tribe of wandering philosophers who seek to defeat evil by wit and guile, Ferius Parfax encounters a hideous plague - the Red Scream. Highly contagious, caught by the hearing of a deadly verse, it turns its victims into mindless monsters that destroy all human life they come into contact with.

With the help of a deaf boy whom she has saved from two horrifying victims of the plague, she sets out to find the source of the Red Scream and overcome it's terrifying power. Along the way she is joined by another Argosi, Rosie, who purports to be so much wiser and more adept than Ferius, but who turns out to have her own dark secrets.

Peopled with extraordinary characters and gut-wrenching drama, Ferius's story teaches her hard lessons about the limits of the Argosi's ways. Readers will delight not just in this amazing masterclass in plot pacing and narrative drive, but in the seemingly bottomless well of wit, thought and wisdom that the story brings up and that has changed lives down the ages. It takes the reader on a journey like no other.
Imprint:   Hot Key Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   444g
ISBN:   9781471410598
ISBN 10:   1471410595
Series:   Spellslinger
Pages:   368
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 14 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sebastien de Castell had just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first dig. Four hours later he realized how much he actually hated archaeology and left to pursue a very focused career as a musician, ombudsman, interaction designer, fight choreographer, teacher, project manager, actor and product strategist. His only defence against the charge of unbridled dilettantism is that he genuinely likes doing these things and that, in one way or another, each of these fields plays a role in his writing. He sternly resists the accusation of being a Renaissance Man in the hopes that more people will label him that way. Sebastien lives in Vancouver with his lovely wife and two belligerent cats. Follow Sebastien at or on Twitter: @decastell

Reviews for Fall of the Argosi (#8 Spellslinger)

A fun, fast-moving adventure, with surprising depth and insight. Jim C. Hines, Hugo Award-winning author, on Spellslinger An intriguing system of magic, wry humor, and a twisting plot make for an entertaining series debut. Kirkus Reviews on Spellslinger Exotic, original and gripping from the get-go, Spellslinger is a must-read. Jonathan Stroud, New York Times bestselling author, on Spellslinger Told with the conviction of Ursula Le Guin and the dash of Alexandre Dumas. New Statesman on Spellslinger Spellslinger is the start of something truly special. Sebastien de Castell is a master of breakneck pacing, dagger-sharp dialogue, and twists you didn't see coming--and this series has it all. Nicholas Eames, author ofKings of the Wyld onSpellslinger Hugely enjoyable - fast-paced, compassionate, wise and with terrific characters. Amanda Craig, author of Hearts and Minds onSpellslinger A tremendously fun read full of wit and action. James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost on Spellslinger A bucket-load of tension is offset with humour, power struggles, lots of magic and some great characters. Fantasy junkies will devour with relish. Guardian onSpellslinger Written with such obvious joy and brio that it demands to be read. RJ Barker, author ofAge of Assassins on Spellslinger There's room for wit and playfulness amid the high-stakes duels and death matches, and Kellen's career is likely to run and run. ObserveronSpellslinger We can confidently say that de Castell's new series has hit the ground running. Starburst Magazine on Spellslinger It has cliff hangers, pace, humour, life lessons, and a memorably feisty squirrel cat. Sunday Times onSpellslinger

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